Dr Howie Rechavia-Taylor

Dr Howie Rechavia-Taylor

LSE Fellow

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
Race and Empire, Jewish diasporic politics

About me

I am an LSE Fellow in the International Relations Department at LSE, where I convene the undergraduate and postgraduate class on genocide and collective violence. Prior to joining LSE, I was a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. I completed an MA at the New School for Social Research, also in Anthropology, and hold a BA from Cambridge University in Social and Political Sciences.

I am broadly interested in how the afterlives of collective political violence are articulated, made legible, and recognised in international politics. I have focused so far on the ways in which different versions of the story of historical Jewish suffering (such as the idea of Jews as victims of 'thefticide', or the idea of the Holocaust as unique) impact social justice movements focused on reparations, anti-imperialism, and diasporic articulations of victimhood. Relatedly, I study the ways in which European states and white Christian Europeans respond to demands for reparations for colonialism, transatlantic slavery, and native genocide.

In my first monograph, currently titled "German Colonial Recognition after the Shoah", I investigate how the German state and white Germans more generally are dealing with transnational legal and political claims to repair the legacy of colonialism and genocide in Namibia. Rather than starting from the assumption that colonialism has been forgotten or repressed in Germany/Europe, I investigate the numerous ways in which colonial histories are being recognised, often with considerable political effort, white guilt, and state funding. I critically examine the processes of re-racialization of minorities in Germany and Namibia that are occurring as a result, including Herero and Nama people, Ashkenazi Jews, Afro-Germans, and Palestinians. The book acts, then, as a critique of the contemporary turn to colonial recognition throughout western Europe.

I am working on two other projects, both of which relate to the turn toward fascist politics across the world. The first interrogates the political effects of social justice discourse concerning trauma and its intergenerational transmission in contexts such as India, Turkey, and Israel/Palestine. The second, a collaborative project, looks to the possibilities of identifying a common enemy amongst minoritized queer communities internationally in the face of the inability of the analytic of homonationalism to capture contemporary violence against trans and non-binary people.

I have published in venues such as Humanity, PoLAR, Open Democracy,and  Al Jazeera, and worked as an editor for the online journal Europe Now. I have also written for NGO's such as the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation. This winter, I will be co-convening a summer collaborative seminar at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. 

Not available to supervise MPhil/PhD students.


Expertise Details

Race and Empire; Jewish diasporic politics; Historical Anthropology/Sociology; Gender and Sexuality; Global Fascism; Postcolonial Europe

My research