Monash University announces two new appointments to the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

Monash University is pleased to announce two new appointments to the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC). Professor Rebecca Margolis commences as Director and Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation in February, 2020, replacing Professor Andrew Markus upon his retirement, while Associate Professor David Slucki has been named the Loti Smorgon Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture.

Professor Margolis and Associate Professor Slucki join fellow new recruit Rebecca Forgasz, former Director and CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia, who has accepted the role of Associate Professor (Practice) in Community Engagement and Intercultural Communication.

Professor Andrew Markus, outgoing ACJC Director, welcomes new ACJC appointments Professor Rebecca Margolis and Associate Professor David Slucki.

‘The ACJC is entering a phase of heightened excellence,’ said Professor Markus. ‘We are thrilled that such esteemed scholars will take the ACJC to the next level of scholarly contribution and community engagement.’

‘Their breadth of experience and global vision will contribute to the ACJC’s position as the leading voice in Australasian Jewish studies, our ongoing leadership of vital international conversations and research, and our deep investment in our community, reflected in our thriving and ever-evolving line-up of public programs.’

The Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation was established in 2001 through the generosity of the Pratt Foundation. In 2006, the ACJC was further enriched by the creation of the Loti Smorgon Research Chair in Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture, thanks to the Victor Smorgon Charitable Trust.

Professor Margolis joins the ACJC from a distinguished career at the University of Ottawa in Canada, where she has held numerous leadership roles, including as Director of the General B.A. in the Faculty of Arts, Coordinator of the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program and Director of the Masters in World Literatures and Cultures. A prize-winning author for her history of Yiddish cultural life in Montreal and the recipient of significant research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada, Professor Margolis has also played a key role as the President of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies.

A Monash University PhD graduate, Associate Professor Slucki returns to his alma mater from his position as Assistant Professor in the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. At Charleston, Associate Professor Slucki serves as Co-Director of the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies and as Director of the Perlmutter Fellows, a leadership program for incoming students. He is the author of The International Jewish Labor Bund after 1945 and the soon to be launched Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons, and the recipient of a Fellowship at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Associate Professor Slucki’s research specialises in Jewish life histories and culture after the Second World War.