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The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is part of Birkbeck, a leading research and teaching university. Our students study antisemitism, racialization and religious intolerance across disciplines. 

The Institute is committed to the study of antisemitism across a wide range of disciplines. Being part of Birkbeck, University of London enables us to draw on an unparalleled combination of expertise in the study of antisemitism, racialization, racial and religious intolerance, multiculture, ethnicity and identity across the widest range of disciplines: history, politics, psychosocial studies, geography, English and humanities and law.

As a leading research university, students benefit from cutting-edge thinking by academics who are experts in their field.

Study at Birkbeck

Modules offered at Birkbeck include:

Britannia’s Embrace: The British Empire and the World (BA)
Hate: On the Power of the Negative (BA)
‘Race’, Ethnicity and Development (BA)
Racism and Antisemitism (BA)
The Politics of Race and Diaspora (BA)
Urban Multicultures (BA)
Antisemitism, Holocaust, Colonialism, Gender: Connecting the Conversations (MA)
Auschwitz in History and Memory (MA)
Culture, Community, Identity (MA)
The Holocaust (MA)
Modern Europe and Its Others: Jews, Muslims, Blacks (MA)
The Nazi Capture of Power (MA)
‘Race’, Empire, Postcoloniality (MA)
Culture, Community, Identity (MSc)
Equality and the Law (MSc)
Race, Environment and International Development (MSc)

An interdisciplinary postgraduate programme, ‘Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity’, stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and is offered at certificate, diploma and MA levels. This programme explores debates on ‘race’ and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality; empire and the formation of modern Britain; contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban culture.

The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism has a committed and dynamic population of postgraduate research students. They explore issues concerned with antisemitism, Jewish and non-Jewish relations, the Holocaust, memory and memorialisation, racialization, religious and racial intolerance, multiculture, national identity and questions of difference.

The Institute embraces history, psychosocial studies, social policy, politics, literary studies and law, as well as innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the study of antisemitism, racialization and racism.

The Institute’s staff and Associates welcome applications for MPhil/PhD from students whose research lies within their areas of interest. See our People pages for more information on research specialisms.

Research Studentships

Our current PhD students include:

Ieisha James

Bordering on whiteness: Exploring the racialised subjectivities of Italian women in post-Brexit London. Supervisors: Ben Gidley and Brendan McGeever.

Joseph Radcliffe

Black seamen in British ports c.1900-40. AHRC CHASE Studentship. Supervisor: David Feldman.

Georgina Trevelyan-Clark

England’s Jews, physically absent yet mythologically present: from Foxe to Prynne (1563–1655). Supervisors: Anthony Bale and Susan Wiseman.

Sergio Calderon Harker

In and against bordering: unpacking contemporary histories of resistance against Europe’s detention regime. Supervisor: Ben Gidley.

Past PhD students:

Emilie Wiedemann

Jewish internationalism and the international politics of opposing antisemitism, 1960-2005. Supervisor: David Feldman.

Anthony Nicholls

An empirical study of how contemporary young Jewish men understand their masculinity in combination with their Jewishness and Britishness. Supervisors: Ben Gidley and Stephen Frosh.

Jemima Jarman

Christian Missions to the Jews in London: A Forgotten Source of Welfare Provision among Jewish Immigrants in the East End, 1809-1900, Supervisor: David Feldman.

Jennifer Putnam

If Walls Could Talk: Wartime Graffiti in Nazi Camps and Ghettos. Supervisor: Nik Wachsmann.

Sue Blunn

Sati and its abolition in British social and political discourses c. 1832-1895. Supervisor: David Feldman.

Lenita Torning

Building Bridges, Negotiating Boundaries: Young Christians’, Jews’ and Muslims’ experiences of interfaith work in the UK (funded by Dangoor Educational) Supervisors: Ben Gidley and Stephen Frosh.

Satja Gunput

Belonging in Southall 1948 – 1991: from the politics of empire to the politics of blackness. Supervisor: David Feldman.

Zeljka Oparnica

Sephardi politics in the Balkans (1900–1940). Supervisor: David Feldman.

Helen Carr

Muslims and the State Education System: England c. 1965-1997. Supervisor: David Feldman.

 

Facing Antisemitism: Politics, Culture, History

The persistence of antisemitism manifests in hate crime figures, in opinion surveys, on social media, in political discourse and in murderous attacks on Jewish targets. At the same time, antisemitism provokes controversy. Both the persistence of antisemitism and the controversy raises urgent questions.

What is antisemitism? How can we recognise and define it? How widespread is it? Where does it come from? Why does it persist? How does antisemitism arise within different political and religious contexts? Is there a difference between anti-Zionism and antisemitism? What is the relationship, in theory and in practice, between anti-racism and opposition to antisemitism?  

‘Facing Antisemitism: Politics, Culture, History’ is a short course which explores the sources, development and contemporary forms of antisemitism drawing on information and concepts from the social sciences and history.  It is taught over three sessions by Birkbeck’s acknowledged experts on antisemitism, Professor David Feldman, Dr Ben Gidley and Dr Brendan McGeever.

There are no formal entry requirements for this non-accredited course: it is open to students and the general public, as well as organisations.

For more information please contact Jan Davison: j.davison@bbk.ac.uk.

 

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The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism’s world-leading research underpins its extensive teaching, policy advice and public engagement work.

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