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The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism holds seminars, workshops and conferences for scholars, and lectures, discussions and film screenings that are open to everyone.

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Jews, the Reformation and Making Europe
Rembrandt Belsazar

Public Event | Online

17th May, 2021

Jews, the Reformation and Making Europe

Dr Kenneth Austin, University of Bristol; Professor Anthony Bale, Birkbeck University of London; Professor Helen Parish, University of Reading.

The Reformation marked a hugely significant turning point in Europe’s history. Taking Kenneth Austin’s path-breaking study, ‘The Jews and the Reformation’ (Yale University Press, 2020) as its starting point, this event, part of Birkbeck Arts Week, explores the place and significance of Jews in the Reformation, as well as the impact of the Reformation on Europe’s Jews.

Sexual Fantasy in Antisemitism

Webinar | For Scholars

25th May, 2021

Sexual Fantasy in Antisemitism

Aidan Beatty, University of Pittsburgh

Antisemitism often mixes a sexualized horror regarding Jews with a specific kind of sexual titillation. Drawing on both Critical Race Theory and Porn Studies, this paper examines what these disciplines can add to the study of antisemitism, and places antisemitism within the larger history of race, gender, and sexuality. 

New Histories of Racialization and Resistance – a Conversation

Public Event | Online

7th June, 2021

New Histories of Racialization and Resistance – a Conversation

Professor Jacob Dlamini, Princeton University; Professor Alan Lester, University of Sussex; Dr Sadia Qureshi, University of Birmingham; Dr Kristy Warren, University of Leicester.

How we memorialise and study the past is being questioned today in new ways. The global reverberations of the Black Lives Matter protests of the summer of 2020 and the growing demands to ‘decolonise’ knowledge from within and without higher education challenges anyone who seeks to engage with a contentious present and troubling past.

Unindicted Co-Conspirators: White Jews on the Periphery of Black Power
Verso

Webinar | For Scholars

8th July, 2021

Unindicted Co-Conspirators: White Jews on the Periphery of Black Power

April Rosenblum

Jewish activists were a conspicuous presence in the U.S. New Left of the 1960s. Yet in contrast to the large and influential Jewish Left that preceded the Second World War, Jews in the U.S. New Left rarely presented themselves as a collective force. 

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