Swansea History PhD candidate appointed to editorial board of Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg

Rory Castle, a PhD candidate in the History and Classics Department at Swansea University, has been appointed to the editorial board of 'The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg', a fourteen volume project by Verso Books (London & New York) and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Berlin) which will produce Luxemburg’s writings in English for the first time.

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The project is led by Professor Peter Hudis (Chicago). In August 2015, Rory will attend his first editorial board meeting in New York, during a conference at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s Manhattan office.

Rory was appointed at an international workshop on Rosa Luxemburg (6-7 March, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin), at which he gave a paper entitled 'Rewolucja: Rosa Luxemburg’s role in Warsaw in 1905 and the development of her ideas during the revolution'. The workshop was an opportunity for leading scholars on Rosa Luxemburg from around the world to discuss recent research and publications.

Rory is in the final stages of his PhD on Rosa Luxemburg, her family and the origins of her identity, under the supervision of Dr Jill Lewis (retired) and Dr Jonathan Dunnage. He holds a BA and MA in History from Swansea University and undertook an internship at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin in 2009. His research explores Rosa Luxemburg’s youth, background and family, her Polish and Jewish identities and why these areas have not previously been studied or fully understood. He recently published an article based on his research entitled ‘You alone will make our family’s name famous’; Rosa Luxemburg, Her Family and the Origins of her Polish-Jewish Identity’ (Praktyka Teoretyczna, no. 6 (2012), 93-128).

In the coming year, Rory will be presenting papers at several international conferences, including the ‘Tradition and the Avant-Garde: Trilingual Literature of Polish Jews’ Conference (Warsaw University, 14- 16 April 2015), the ‘Nationalism and Internationalism in Labour History’ Conference (Newcastle University, 25 April 2015), the ‘An Honourable Death’ Conference (Birkbeck, University of London, 9 May 2015) and the ‘I. L. Peretz and His Circle International Academic Conference’ (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw and Synagogue Centre of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, Zamość).

Rory teaches undergraduates at Swansea University and Cardiff University. He also runs a blog on debate, publications and scholarship about Rosa Luxemburg at: www.rosaluxemburgblog.wordpress.com