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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.

Seminar Series

May 2022 - December 2022

Antisemitism Now

This seminar provides a forum for academic research and discussion on the character, causes and extent of antisemitism today and what can and should be done about it.

October 2021 – July 2022

Race, Religion and Difference in the Nineteenth Century

In collaboration with the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies at Durham/Newcastle and Northumbria Universities

This interdisciplinary seminar programme explores how multiple discourses on race and religion intersected in the global nineteenth century, and generated, reinforced and/or challenged notions of human difference.

Defining Antisemitism: between history and politics

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP AND PUBLIC LECTURES

30th May, 2022

Defining Antisemitism: between history and politics

Bruno Chaouat, Univeristy of Minnesota; Moshe Halbertal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and New York University; Esra Özyürek, Univeristy of Cambridge; and others.

This workshop, conceived by the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism in partnership with The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and others, will provide a space for scholars from different disciplines to examine the current debate over definitions of antisemitism and to explore what is at stake. It will give historical and theoretical depth to a heated political debate.

Next Event
Defining Antisemitism – Reflections from and on the Field – Roundtable

Public Event | Online

31st May, 2022

Defining Antisemitism – Reflections from and on the Field – Roundtable

Seth Anziska, University College London; Saba-Nur Cheema, Frankfurt University; Moshe Zimmermann, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Emeritus); Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Advisor on International Law and Human Rights, former member of Knesset. Chair: David Feldman, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

The question of how to define and combat antisemitism divides both the Jewish world and global opinion, with Israel and Zionism at the heart of these disputes. This roundtable brings together voices from diverse perspectives to take a closer look at what is antisemitism today.

Understanding Antisemitism: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Religion – Public lecture

Public Event | Online

1st June, 2022

Understanding Antisemitism: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Religion – Public lecture

Bruno Chaouat, University of Minnesota

The plethora of explanations of antisemitism is testimony to the complexity of “the longest hatred.” In this lecture, Professor Chaouat asks, can we outline the trends that remain constant in antisemitic bigotry?

Antisemitisms: A Variety of Meanings? – Roundtable

Public Event | Online

1st June, 2022

Antisemitisms: A Variety of Meanings? – Roundtable

Danny Trom, CNRS, France; Karma Ben Johanan, The Humboldt University of Berlin; Adi M. Ophir, Brown University (Emeritus) and Tel Aviv University; Raef Zreik, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Chair: Shai Lavi, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Tel Aviv University

In this roundtable, scholars with diverse views will discuss the questions of whether anti-Zionism is antisemitic. Is it right to link the fight against antisemitism to other struggles against racism and xenophobia? Can antisemitism be defined, and do existing definitions advance the fight against it? 

Conspiracy and Antisemitism: combatting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion 100 years ago and why this remains significant today

Public Event

7th July, 2022

Conspiracy and Antisemitism: combatting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion 100 years ago and why this remains significant today

David Feldman, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

In this lecture David Feldman explores the appeal of conspiracy theory in the years after the First World War and the responses of British Jews to the threat they faced. He asks how this history can illumine the challenges we face combatting antisemitism today.  

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The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism explores the pattern of antisemitism both today and in the past. We connect research on antisemitism to the wider study of racialization and intolerance.

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