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Jonathan Webber


Jonathan Webber, a British social anthropologist, is a professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Poland). He taught for twenty years at the University of Oxford, followed by eight years as the UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), from which he retired in 2010. He has a strong research interest in Polish–Jewish studies: he started anthropological fieldwork in Galicia in 1988, and in 1993 began a collaboration with the British photographer Chris Schwarz on a project which became known as Traces of Memory. The project resulted in the establishment of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, and publication of his book Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia (Indiana University Press, 2009). Prof. Webber has been a member of the International Council of the Auschwitz Museum since it was founded in 1990 and is vice-chairman of the Institute for Polish–Jewish Studies (Oxford). He has been awarded the Gold Cross of Poland’s Order of Merit for services to Polish–Jewish dialogue and an honor medal for services to Polish culture.

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