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.
This academic year our seminar programme, under the rubric ‘Antisemitism and Racism - Comparisons and Contexts’, focuses on some of the historical and contemporary issues connecting (and separating) anti-antisemitism and anti-racism. This theme seems ever more urgent, not least in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Jews, Money, Myth, a major exhibition, explored the role of money in Jewish life and its vexed place in relations between Jews and non-Jews, from the time of Jesus to the 21st century. The Institute held a series of public lectures and film screenings, as well as a workshop for scholars, which explored themes from the exhibition.
This cutting-edge exhibition considers the real and symbolic links between Christians and Jews and confronts some of the most difficult issues surrounding Jewish culture and identity: the rite of circumcision, the slander of the blood libel, and ideas of the Jewish ‘race’ and of racial purity. A series of events explored themes from the exhibition.
In an age of populism and nationalism it is more important than ever to understand the connections between antisemitism and other forms of racialization.Professor David Feldman, Director