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The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is a centre of innovative research and teaching on antisemitism, racialization and religious intolerance. It contributes to knowledge and understanding, policy formation and public debate.

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Latest Update: Welcome to the website of the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, formerly the Pears Institute.


Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (formerly the Pears Institute), was established in 2010 by Birkbeck, University of London and Pears Foundation 

Our founding principle informs our vision and our work: that the study of antisemitism is vital to understanding other forms of racialization, racism and religious intolerance. 

We are an internationally recognized centre for innovative research and teaching.  

Our scholarship contributes to public debate on antisemitism, racialization and religious intolerance and we provide expertise and advice to a wide range of institutions in the UK, Europe and the wider world.   

The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is both independent and inclusive. 

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What's On

Heroes? Nations, Memory and the Jews

Public Event | Online

2nd November, 2021

Heroes? Nations, Memory and the Jews

Dr Ludivine Broch, University of Westminster; Dr Michael Carter-Sinclair, King's College London; Dr Victoria Khiterer, Millersville University; Professor Elizabeth Tingle, De Montfort University.

Memory is a vital component of national identity. But when it comes to Jews, national histories are mixed. In many cases, when nations have forged their identity, they have drawn the boundaries of their community in ways that exclude Jews.

Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia

Public Event | Online

15th November, 2021

Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia

Professor George Makari, Weill-Cornell Medical College and Professor Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London

Over the last few years, it has been impossible to ignore the steady resurgence of xenophobia. The European migrant crisis and immigration from Central America to the United States have placed Western advocates of globalization on the defensive, and a ‘New Xenophobia’ seems to have emerged out of nowhere.

Performative Holocaust Commemoration in the 21st Century


Performative Holocaust Commemoration in the 21st Century

Diana I. Popescu and Tanja Schult (eds.)

Routledge, 2021

This edited volume charts the performative dimension of Holocaust memorialization through a selection of artistic, educational, and memorial projects. It explores how performative practices came into being, what impact they exert upon audiences, and how researchers can conceptualise and understand their relevance.

Everyday Zionism in East-Central Europe


Everyday Zionism in East-Central Europe

Jan Rybak

Oxford University Press, 2021

This book offers a profoundly new picture of the role that Zionism played in East-Central European communities during the First World War and a new interpretation of Zionism’s breakthrough as a key social and political movement in the region. It also makes fresh contributions to the understanding of relations between Empire and nation and the development of post-war violence in East-Central Europe.

Professor David Feldman on the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism

The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism responds to two current and troubling developments. First, the rising threat from antisemitism in Europe and the United States. Second, the growing disconnect between opposition to antisemitism and advocacy for universal human rights and antiracist politics.

New Histories of Racialization and Resistance – a Conversation

New Histories of Racialization and Resistance – a Conversation

Professor Jacob Dlamini, Princeton University; Dr Sadia Qureshi, University of Birmingham; Dr Kristy Warren, University of Leicester.

How we memorialise and study the past is being questioned today in new ways. The global reverberations of the Black Lives Matter protests of the summer of 2020 and the growing demands to ‘decolonise’ knowledge from within and without higher education challenges anyone who seeks to engage with a contentious present and troubling past.

Professor David Feldman, Director – 1

The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.

Professor David Feldman, Director

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