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Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

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

We are the only university centre in the UK dedicated to the study of antisemitism and one of only two in Europe. The Institute is renowned internationally for its innovative research and teaching. 

Our work is framed by our conviction that antisemitism is a distinctive form of racism. Through our research and public activity we establish points of connection between the problem of antisemitism and the challenge of racisms more broadly. 

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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Between Self-Determination and Self-Censorship: Antisemitism and Interwar Jewish Politics

Seminar | For Scholars

28th June, 2023

Between Self-Determination and Self-Censorship: Antisemitism and Interwar Jewish Politics

Marc Volovici, University of Haifa

In this talk Marc Volovici will discuss different ways in which Jewish writers and activists understood and responded to their political strategies and self-presentation in the public sphere and how it might be instrumentalized by antisemitic agitators. Volovici will also consider the relevance of the interwar debate to contemporary political debates on antisemitism and anti-antisemitism. 

Britain in Fragments: Why Things are Falling Apart


Britain in Fragments: Why Things are Falling Apart

Satnam Virdee and Brendan McGeever

Manchester University Press

Britain, one of the most dominant states in world history, faces growing demands for nationalist secessionism. Class, gender, regional and generational inequalities are deepening while endemic racism has been re-invigorated. How has it come to this?

Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories

Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories

David Feldman

Research Project

In the global present, antisemitism thrives on conspiracy theories, yet to date scholars have paid little attention to their content. This project will provide a pathbreaking inventory and analysis of global antisemitic conspiracy theories and their claims to comprehend power relations both locally and globally. It will shed a unique light on the contemporary threat to democratic life and its connection to antisemitism.

The Holocaust and the British Empire: Detention, Displacement and the Legacies of Britain’s Colonial Camps

Throughout the twentieth century, Britain used its network of imperial holdings as sites of detention, not only for migrants and refugees, but for civilians and political insurgents. One of the largest cohorts to be interned across the Empire were European Jews. This research project seeks to uncover the neglected histories of these detention sites and explores interconnections with the legacies of empire and decolonisation.

The Yiddish Press 1890-1920: A Global History

The Yiddish Press 1890-1920: A Global History

William Pimlott

Research Project

This research project studies the growth of the Yiddish press internationally in the years 1890-1920 and the extent of its capacity to articulate, mediate, contribute to, and delimit modern Jewish politics and culture, as well as intervene in transnational phenomena such as antisemitism and the White Slave Trade.

Old and New Antisemitism in France


23rd May, 2023

Old and New Antisemitism in France

Nonna Mayer, Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée, Sciences Po/CNRS

In this seminar, Nonna Mayer addresses the question whether “old” antisemitism in France has been replaced by the rise of new forms of prejudice emanating from the far left and from among Muslims, driven by hatred of Israel and Zionism.

Professor David Feldman, Director – 4

Our work shows how antisemitism has often been intertwined with anti-Muslim, anti-migrant, anti-black and anti-Irish bigotries. Antisemitism and other racisms should not be considered in isolation and still less in competition.

Professor David Feldman, Director

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