I am Associate Professor of East European Jewish History and Culture at the University of Southampton, G.B., where I have worked since 2009. I work on the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more specifically on the history of Jews in Belarus.

My current research project deals with the national experiments in Lithuania, Belorussia and Ukraine from 1905 to 1941, and in particular how national-cultural autonomy was implemented in these emerging republics. I am conducting research on the cultural interactions in literature, art, theatre, cinema and on the circulation of knowledge among various ethnic groups (Jews, Belorussians, Poles, Ukrainians, etc) and geographic areas (Poland, Russia and the previous margins of the Russian empire – Ukraine, Belarus).

I recently published a book on La Biélorussie dans l’histoire et l’imaginaire des Juifs de l’Empire russe, 1772-1905 (Belarus in the history and imaginary of Russian Jews, 1772-1905) and am currently working on illustrations of Yiddish journals and books in Soviet Belorussia.


PhD (2006) – Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris)

MA (1998) – Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne


Le Foll, C. (2017). La Bielorussie dans l’histoire et l’imaginaire des Juifs de l’Empire russe, 1772-1905. (Collection Etudes juives). Paris, FR: Honore Champion, 536 p.

Le Foll, C., & Krutikov, M. (Eds.) (2017). Jews and emerging nations. Jewish Culture and History, 18(2), 123-208. https://doi.org/10.1080/1462169X.2017.1335372

Le Foll, C. (2016). Moisei Berlin, ethnographe du mariage juif en Russie (1861). Clio, 44, 243-252.

Le Foll, C. (2015). The image of the Jews in Belorussian Soviet Cinema, 1924-1936. In H. Ewence, & H. Spurling (Eds.), Vizualizing Jews Through the Ages: Literary and Material Representations of Jewishness and Judaism (pp. 229-246). (Routledge Studies in Cultural History). New York, US: Routledge.

Le Foll, C. (2014). La premiere etude ethnographique sur les Juifs de Russie: science juive ou science imperiale? In C. Trautmann-Waller, & J. Baumgarten (Eds.), Rabbins et savants au village. L’étude des traditions populaires juives, XIXe-XXe siecles. (pp. 159-181). Paris, FR: CNRS Editions.

Le Foll, C. (2012). The institute for Belarusian culture: the constitution of Belarusian and Jewish studies in the BSSR between Soviet and non-Soviet science (1922-1928). Ab Imperio, 4, 245-274. DOI: 10.1353/imp.2012.0124 

Le Foll, C. (2012). A la recherche de l’introuvable film juif-bielorusse ? Politique des nationalites et cinema en BSSR dans les annees 1920 et 1930. In V. Pozner (Ed.), Kinojudaica. Les representations des Juifs dans le cinema de Russie et d’Union sovietique des annees 1910 aux annees 1980 (pp. 79-109). Paris, FR: Nouveau Monde Editions.

Le Foll, C. (2011). The missing pogroms of Belorussia, 1881-1882: Conditions and motives of an absence of violence. In J. Dekel-Chen, D. Gaunt, N. M. Meir, & I. Bartal (Eds.), Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History (pp. 159-173). Bloomington, USA: Indiana University Press.

Le Foll, C. (2009). L’empire russe et le hassidisme : enjeux politiques et gestion administrative d’un conflit religieux interne (1770-1860). Slavica Occitania, (29), 99-116.


Le Foll, C. (2008). The “Belorussianisation” of the Jewish population during the interwar period: discourses and achievements in political and cultural spheres. East European Jewish Affairs, 38(1), 65-88. DOI: 10.1080/13501670801897510


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