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Old and New Antisemitism in France

Seminar Series: Antisemitism Now

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23rd May, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nonna Mayer, Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée, Sciences Po/CNRS
Free seminar for scholars. Click the link below or please contact for further information

Due to University College Union strike action this event, scheduled for the 15 March, has been postponed. The talk will be rescheduled for the summer term. You will receive the new date and link as soon as they are available.

In this seminar, Nonna Mayer addresses the question whether “old” antisemitism in France has been replaced by the rise of new forms of prejudice emanating from the far left and from among Muslims, driven by hatred of Israel and Zionism. Data from the 2022 annual survey on racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, conducted for the French National Consultative Commission for Human Rights (CNCDH), shows a more complex picture. The evidence suggests not only that new and old forms of antisemitism coexist, but also that old stereotypes associating Jews with money and power continue to dominate, especially on the right and far right of the political spectrum.  

Nonna Mayer is Research Professor Emerita at Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée, Sciences Po/CNRS. She is a member of the National Consultative Commission for Human Rights and co-Principle Investigator of its annual survey on racism. Her current fields of expertise are radical right populism, racism and antisemitism, intercultural relations and electoral sociology. Recent publications include: ‘Jews and Muslims in Sarcelles: face to face or side by side?’ in Annual Review of the Sociology of religion, 13, 2022 (with Vincent Tiberj); ‘Racial prejudice in multicultural France’, in H. Drake, A. Cole, S. Meunier, V.Tiberi (eds.), Developments in French Politics 6 (MacMillan, 2020) (with Vincent Tiberj); and ‘Permanences et renouveau de l’antisémitisme en France’, Communications, 107 (2), 2020. 

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