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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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The Politics of Memory and the Return of the Xenophobic Right


20th October, 2022

The Politics of Memory and the Return of the Xenophobic Right

Valentina Pisanty, University of Bergamo

In this seminar Valentina Pisanty asks whether over the last twenty years the simultaneous growth of Holocaust memorialisation and racism are two independent historical threads, or whether there is a connection between them? She asks whether a society which wishes to oppose the current wave of xenophobia should examine this contradiction?

No Englishman did it: Jews, the News, and the Whitechapel Murders of 1888

Public Event

24th October, 2022

No Englishman did it: Jews, the News, and the Whitechapel Murders of 1888

Mia Spiro, University of Glasgow

This lecture looks at popular suspicions that Jack the Ripper was a Jewish migrant and the reactions to these accusations among Jews. By looking at contemporary reportage in newspapers we will see how readers and writers used print media to draw attention to the boundaries between ‘Englishman’ and foreigner, fact and fiction, and the limits of religious certitude in the face of inexplicable evil. 

Racialization of Disease: The Typhus-Epidemic, Antisemitism and Closed Borders in German Occupied Poland, 1915–1918

This article analyses German responses to the typhus epidemic in German-occupied Poland during WWI and shows the close connection between health policies and antisemitic and nationalist ideological narratives and projects.

Jan Rybak identifies this racialization of disease as a key moment in the development of German antisemitism.

Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution

Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution

Alana Lentin, Brendan McGeever, David Renton, Andrew Sloin and Yair Wallach

Ethnic and Racial Studies, May 2022

Symposium on Brendan McGeever’s prize-winning book ‘Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution’.

This collection of essays highlights the ever-present issue of the relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism, as well as the importance of identity in political confrontations with antisemitism and in anti-racism.

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. 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, by reconfiguring our understanding of the Holocaust beyond central Europe.

Jewish Perceptions of Antisemitism: Reflections on Contemporary European Data


29th June, 2022

Jewish Perceptions of Antisemitism: Reflections on Contemporary European Data

Sergio DellaPergola, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

In this seminar, Sergio DellaPergola will examine the perceptions and experiences of antisemitism following an inductive approach, turning the conventional analyses upside down to focus on the voices and perspectives of the object and victims of hostility and prejudice – the Jews.

Professor David Feldman, Director – 3

We build alliances to promote knowledge and share understanding, making our work ever-more relevant in a world threatened by populisms and conspiracy theories from the political left and right

Professor David Feldman, Director

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