Jews, the Left, and Antisemitism: International Perspectives

International Workshop

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5th December, 2018
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square main entrance, London WC1E 7HX
Jack Jacobs, The City University of New York; Jonathan Judaken, Rhodes College; Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading; Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London; Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin; Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Technical University, Berlin; Danny Gutwein, University of Haifa

This international workshop brings speakers from Europe, the United States and Israel to explore the theoretical, historical and comparative perspectives on the relationship between the Left, Jews and antisemitism. In doing so it also aims to shed light on current controversies concerning antisemitism in the Labour Party and the British Left more widely.


Welcome: David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Keynote: Jews and the Left: A Case of British Exceptionalism? Jack Jacobs, The City University of New York

I: Theoretical Assessments

Critical Theory and Post-Holocaust Judeophobia, Jonathan Judaken, Rhodes College

Postcolonialism, Theory, and Antisemitism, Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading

Racism, Antisemitism and Identity Politics, Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London

Chair: Christine Achinger, University of Warwick

II: Jews and the Left: Comparative and International Studies

Jews and the American Left in the 20th Century: Continuities and Departures, Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin

A Sense of Belonging: Jewish Communists in Weimar and Beyond, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University, Berlin

The Israeli Left’s Analysis of Antisemitism: From Historical to Ideological Conceptualization, Danny Gutwein, University of Haifa

Chair:  Brendan McGeever, Birkbeck, University of London

III: British Jewry and the British Labour Party: Past, Present, Future: Open Discussion

Chair: David Feldman

Workshop co-convenors: David Feldman and Jack Jacobs

This workshop is funded by the British Academy

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