Bodemann, Y. Michal 1944-

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BODEMANN, Y. Michal 1944-


Born 1944. Education: University of Munich, B.A., 1965; attended the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim, 1965-66; Brandeis University, M.A., 1969, Ph.D., 1979.


Home—Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Office—University of Toronto, Department of Sociology, 725 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J4, Canada. E-mail[email protected]


University of Massachusetts—Boston, instructor, 1969-71; Simmons College, Boston, visiting lecturer, 1970; Tufts University, Medford, MA, instructor, 1972-73; University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, lecturer, 1974-77, assistant professor, 1977-80, associate professor, 1980-93, professor of sociology, 1993—, affiliated with the Joint Initiative of German and European Studies. Visiting professor at Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, 1983-84 and 1987-88; Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), 1990-91; Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 1990-92 and 2003; University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, 1997; Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1999; and Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, 2005. ISA Research Committee, member of the executive committee and president, 1990-94.


Insurgent Sociologist/Critical Sociology Toronto Collective.


Annual Prize for Literature, Junge Akademie, Munich, Germany, 1965; Lauréat, Fondation Zellidja, Académie Francaise, Paris, France, 1966; Wien Fellowship, Brandeis University, 1966-67; Halbert Fellowship, Hebrew University, 1995-96; made an honorary citizen of Talana, Italy, 1996; citation as one of the ten best nonfiction books in Germany, June 1996, for Gedächnistheater; Connaught Fellowship, University of Toronto, 1996-97; Dean's Excellence Award, University of Toronto, 1997; Moses Mendelssohn Fellowship, Potsdam, Germany, 1997; Bellagio Residency Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation, 2001.


(Editor, with Robin Ostwo, Jürgen Fijalkowski, and Hans Merkens) Ethnicity, Structured Inequality and the State in Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany, European University Studies/Peter Lang (Frankfurt, Germany), 1991.

Gedächtnistheater: Die jüdische Gemeinschaft und ihre deutsche Erfindung (title means "Theater of Memory: The Jewish Community and Its German Invention"), Rotbuch (Hamburg, Germany), 1996.

(Editor) Jews, Germans, Memory: Reconstruction of Jewish Life in Germany, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 1996.

Out of the Ashes: The Vicissitudes of the New German Jewry, Institute of the World Jewish Congress (Jerusalem, Israel), 1997.

In den Wogen der Erinnerung: jüdische Existenz in Deutschland (title means "In the Tides of Memory: Jewish Life in Germany"), Deutscher Taschenbuch (Munich, Germany), 2002.

A Jewish Family in Germany Today: An Intimate Portrait, Duke University Press (Durham, NC), 2005.

(Editor, with Gökçe Yurdakul) Migration, Citizenship, Ethnos, Palgrave Macmillan (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to books, including Seminar: Angewandte Sozialforschung, edited by Bernhard Badura, Suhrkamp (Frankfurt, Germany), 1976; Models and Myths in Canadian Sociology, edited by S.D. Berkowitz, Butterworths (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1984; Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland nach 1945, edited by Micha Brumlik and others, Athenaum (Frankfurt, Germany), 1986; Structural Sociology: Form and Behavior in Social Life, edited by S.D. Berkowitz and B. Wellman, Cambridge University Press (London, England), 1988; (with Willfried Spohn) The Capitalist Class: An International Study, edited by Tom Bottomore and Robert J. Brym, Harvester Wheatsheaf (New York, NY), 1989; Nachkriegsantisemitismus, edited by Werner Bergmann and others, Westdeutscher (Opladen, Germany), 1989; The European Community, Canada and 1992, edited by Gretchen M. MacMillan and others, University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), 1994; Jewish Culture and Society in Contemporary Germany, edited by Sander Gilman and Karin Remmler, New York University Press (New York, NY), 1994; Multiculturalism in North America and Europe, edited by Wsevolod Isajiw, Canadian Scholars Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1997; Im Schatten des Holocaust, edited by Herbert Obenaus, Verlag Hahnsche Buchandlung (Hannover, Germany), 1997; German Cultures, Foreign Cultures: The Politics of Belonging, edited by Jeffrey Peck, Georgetown University (Washington, DC), 1998; Vom Pogrom Zum Völkermord, edited by Martina Weyrauch, Verein Porta Pacis (Berlin, Germany), 1999; Powers and Institutional Change in Post-Communist Eastern Europe, edited by Birgit Müller, University of Kent (Canterbury, England), 1999; Gibt es wirklich eine Holocust-Industrie?, edited by Ernst Piper, Pendo (Zurich, Switzerland), 2001; Remembering the Holocaust in Germany, 1945-2000: German Strategies and Jewish Responses, edited by Dan Michman, Peter Lang (New York, NY), 2001; Leben im Land der Täter—Juden im Nachkriegsdutchsland, edited by Julius Schoeps, Judische Verlaganstalt (Berlin, Germany), 2001; Verleztes Gedächtnis: Erinnerungskultur und Zeitgeschichte im Konflikt (title means "Injured Memory: Culture of Remembrance and Contemporary History in Conflict"), edited by Konrad Jarausch and Martin Sabrow, Campus (Frankfurt, Germany), 2002.

Contributor to scholarly journals, including Theory and Society, The Insurgent Sociologist, Dialectical Anthropology, Critical Sociology, and Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie. Contributor to encyclopedias and year-books, including the American Jewish Yearbook, Encyclopedia Judaica Year Book, and Jewish World Encyclopedia. Canadian Jewish Outlook, associate editor, 1979-82; Sardinia Newsletter, editor, 1980-83; Canadian Journal of Sociology, associate editor, 1985-87. Guest editor of special issues of journals, including Quaderni Bolotanesi, 1990; Critical Sociology, 1991; and Babylon: Bieträge zur jüdischen Gegenwart, 1991.


Canadian professor Y. Michal Bodemann is the author and editor of several books that examine the modern German Jewish community from a sociological perspective. He writes in both German and English; his English-language works include Jews, Germans, Memory: Reconstruction of Jewish Life in Germany, Out of the Ashes: The Vicissitudes of the New German Jewry, and A Jewish Family in Germany Today: An Intimate Portrait.

A Jewish Family in Germany Today collects a series of interviews that Bodemann did with two generations of a family that moved from Poland to Germany after World War II. The four siblings of the first generation—all concentration camp survivors—and their ten children took a variety of paths; some remained in Germany, while others immigrated to Israel and the United States. The family members' "stories have considerable human interest," commented a Publishers Weekly reviewer, but "they represent raw data that require interpretation and analysis." To Canadian Journal of Sociology Online contributor Morton Weinfeld, this is one of the book's strengths. "I found the book refreshingly free of sociological jargon, including theory," he wrote, "which in this particular case would get in the way of the powerful and insightful accounts which the author presents largely in the subjects' own words."



Publishers Weekly, December 20, 2004, review of A Jewish Family in Germany Today: An Intimate Portrait, p. 49.


Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, (July 22, 2006), Morton Weinfeld, review of A Jewish Family in Germany Today.

University of Toronto Web site, (June 30, 2006), "Y. Michal Bodemann."*