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Intersectionality and its Discontents: Why Antisemitism Matters

Event Information

9th March, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Professor Karin Stögner, University of Passau, Germany
Free seminar for scholars: please contact pearsinstitute@bbk.ac.uk for further information
Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Left Wing Politics, National Socialism/ Nazism, Nationalism, Race / Racism, Social Theory, Zionism
Israel
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Capitalism, Critical Theory, Feminism, Gender, Identity politics, Intersectionality

Intersectionality is a methodological approach in the social sciences that investigates the multidimensionality of power relations. Coined in the 1980s by theorists of Black Feminism to analytically grasp and criticise the specific forms of multiple discrimination of women of colour, the concept has experienced an unparalleled upswing in recent years and has been applied to a multitude of other cases of discrimination. However, it is striking that global antisemitism is only rarely included in intersectional theory, and Jews are often excluded from feminist anti-racist social movements that claim to be guided by intersectionality. This poses the question: why does the intersectionality framework routinely exclude antisemitism?

In this talk, Karin Stögner will first contrast antisemitism and racism, before showing that antisemitism research and intersectionality need not necessarily exclude each other. She will go on to develop a specific approach to intersectionality that views ideologies in relation to each other and reads antisemitism itself as an intersectional ideology. 

Karin Stögner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Passau, Germany and co-ordinator of the Research Network on Racism and Antisemitism in the European Sociological Association. Her work focuses on the critical theory and feminism as well as on the interrelation of antisemitism, sexism and nationalism. 

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