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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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‘At Least the Nazis Kept the Lights On’ Brexit Amnesia Airbrushes Out Genocide in the Channel Islands
Imperial War Museum

The island of Jersey has become the focus of a post-Brexit controversy over fishing rights and careless words. Ben Gidley explains the brutality of the Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands and why we must address Britain’s selective memory and historical amnesia.

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 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.

Jewish Internationalism and Human Rights after the Holocaust


Jewish Internationalism and Human Rights after the Holocaust

Nathan Kurz

Cambridge University Press, 2021

This book charts the fraught relationship between Jewish internationalism and international rights protection in the second half of the twentieth century.

Jews, the Reformation and Making Europe
Rembrandt Belsazar

Jews, the Reformation and Making Europe

Dr Kenneth Austin, University of Bristol; Professor Anthony Bale, Birkbeck University of London; Professor Helen Parish, University of Reading.

The Reformation marked a hugely significant turning point in Europe’s history. Taking Kenneth Austin’s path-breaking study, ‘The Jews and the Reformation’ (Yale University Press, 2020) as its starting point, this event, part of Birkbeck Arts Week, explores the place and significance of Jews in the Reformation, as well as the impact of the Reformation on Europe’s Jews.

Sexual Fantasy in Antisemitism

Sexual Fantasy in Antisemitism

Aidan Beatty, University of Pittsburgh

Antisemitism often mixes a sexualized horror regarding Jews with a specific kind of sexual titillation. Drawing on both Critical Race Theory and Porn Studies, this paper examines what these disciplines can add to the study of antisemitism, and places antisemitism within the larger history of race, gender, and sexuality. 

Professor David Feldman, Director – 2

In an age of populism and nationalism it is more important than ever to understand the connections between antisemitism and other forms of racialization.

Professor David Feldman, Director

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