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Our Partners

The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism collaborates with other leading institutions in the UK and internationally to promote knowledge and share understanding.

Academic partners

Collaboration and cooperation are central to the Instiute’s work. We partner with others to realize specific events and on longer term initiatives.

The Institute is a founding member of the International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism (ICRAR). Established in 2011, this network of ten leading institutions in Europe, Israel and the United States acts as a hub to promote and exchange new thinking. ICRAR organizes seminars and conferences and has a book series ‘Rethinking Antisemitism and Racism’  in collaboration with Palgrave Macmillan.

Every year we join with the Institute of Historical Research to host a Holocaust Memorial Day lecture given by an international scholar.

Our current partnerships include:

Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University, Berlin
Department of History, University of Oxford
Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge
Durham University
Historical Royal Palaces
Imperial War Museums, London
Institute of Historical Research
Newcastle University
Royal Holloway, University of London
School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London
The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations
The Wiener Holocaust Library
University of Cambridge
University of Wolverhampton
Victoria and Albert Museum
Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Funding partners

The Institute receives funding from a variety of sources to support research and teaching and to undertake specific projects.

Our current and past funders include:

Birkbeck, University of London
Bonnart Trust
The British Academy
Leverhulme Trust
Pears Foundation
Swedish Research Council
Wellcome Trust
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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