Boycotts – Past and Present

International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism, hosted by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism

Event Information and Booking

19th June, 2013 - 21st June, 2013
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX
John Chalcraft, London School of Economics; Saul Dubow, Queen Mary, University of London; Jeremy Krikler, University of Essex; Kenneth L. Marcus, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law; Derek Penslar, University of Toronto and University of Oxford; Frank Trentmann, Birkbeck, University of London and University of Manchester.
Advocacy, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Apartheid, Boycotts, Human Rights, Jewish Identities, Law, National Socialism/ Nazism, Nationalism, Race / Racism, Slavery, Social Theory, Violence
Chile, Germany, Israel, Palestine, Poland, South Africa, Spain, UK, USA
19th century, 20th century, 21st century

This three-day international conference will examine boycotts in the longue durée, seeking to gain deeper understanding of the development of these movements and their efforts to weaken, ostracize and delegitimize specific institutions, polities and states.

Topics under consideration include: activism against slavery; the bus boycotts of America; marketplace nationalism; anti-Jewish and anti-Nazi boycotts; modern consumer boycotts; anti-apartheid campaigns; localism and global activism; the legal and ethical perspectives on boycotts; as well as the current Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

This wide-ranging conference will explore the history of boycott movements in their own right and at the same time examine the two quite different narratives put forward by proponents and opponents of the BDS movement directed against Israel: one which places the movement within a long history of struggles for ‘human rights’; the other which views BDS as the latest iteration of an antisemitic tradition.

This unique and timely conference brings together over 25 speakers from various disciplines: political scientists, sociologists, historians and legal scholars. In so doing, the conference seeks to create an academic forum to better comprehend the causes and content of boycott movements and to advance understanding of whether and how BDS sits within the debate on contemporary antisemitism.

Conference Co-convenors:
David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
Michael L. Miller, Central European University, Budapest
Scott Ury, Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University


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