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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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Antisemitism in Britain: How has it shaped Jewish identity before and after October 7?

SEMINAR SERIES | ANTISEMITISM NOW

25th June, 2024

Antisemitism in Britain: How has it shaped Jewish identity before and after October 7?

Jonathan Boyd, Institute for Jewish Policy Research

Drawing on quantitative survey data gathered both before and after the October 7 attacks, Jonathan Boyd will discuss the position of Jews in Britain today, how, if at all, they have been impacted by the Hamas-Israel war, and what the future may hold. 

Neo-Nazi terrorism and countercultural fascism

Public Lecture

20th June, 2024

Neo-Nazi terrorism and countercultural fascism

Spencer Sunshine, independent scholar and author

As the Far Right is on the rise, understanding the worldview of its participants is more important than ever. Based on extensive archival work and interviews, Spencer Sunshine will document the largely unexplored history of America’s contemporary white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements.

Antisemitism and Criticism of Israel

Antisemitism and Criticism of Israel

David Feldman

Council for the Defence of British Universities, 6 February 2024

The war in Gaza reverberates globally. One consequence is renewed controversy over when criticism of Israel and support for Palestinian rights becomes antisemitic. This debate has been crystallized by two definitions of antisemitism: the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism and the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism.

Decolonizing testimony: Frederick Douglass and Primo Levi

Public Lecture | Birkbeck Arts Week

Decolonizing testimony: Frederick Douglass and Primo Levi

Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading

This lecture will bring together the narratives and memories of two suffering groups of people: the victims of the concentration camps and ghettos in Europe and the slave plantations in the American South.

Jewish advocacy and anti-racism: the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban (2001) and its aftermath

In this seminar, Emilie Wiedemann will focus on the preparations for the UN World Conference Against Racism held in September 2001 and the advocacy of diaspora Jewish NGOs within this context.

Ties that bind: kinship, adjacency, and the trans camera

Public Lecture

Ties that bind: kinship, adjacency, and the trans camera

Jennifer Evans, Carleton University

In this talk, Professor Evans explores the photography of two middle-aged Jewish women and former refugees, Lisetta Carmi and Madalena Schwarz, who fostered relationships of trust and kinship with the trans communities they photographed.

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The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is the only centre in the UK, and one of only two centres in Europe, whose mission is to promote understanding of antisemitism.

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