Danish museum, Jewish museum: The Danish Jewish Museum as discourse on a minority's integration

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The Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen presents the Jewish community as a religious minority that fully integrated into the country by relinquishing its wider context in Jewish history and its transnational ties. Thus the Museum's discourse on diaspora and immigration can be examined as an example to be studied within the discourses on Jewish identity and Jewish-non-Jewish relationships. Furthermore, the Museum is Danish and takes part in the discourse on Danish identity, especially in its relation to minorities and immigrants. The Museum is viewed in this article through its function as a liminal space, a place of transformation, which aims at the deconstruction and reconstruction of the identities of its visitors from a possibly uninformed and unaware public towards more openness and diversity. The museum is analysed as a 'text' to describe how it defines the Jewish and Danish identities of Danish Jews according to religion and nation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-186
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Jewish Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Religious studies
  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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