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Antisemitism and Racism – Comparisons and Contexts

October 2020 – July 2021

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.

Comparing Comparisons: Preliminary Reflections on a New Era of Historical Analogy
Quinn Dombrowski from Berkeley, USA – Never again means now, CC BY-SA 2.0

Webinar | For Scholars

22nd October, 2020

Comparing Comparisons: Preliminary Reflections on a New Era of Historical Analogy

Professor Michael Rothberg, University of California, Los Angeles

For the last four years there has been an intensified debate—at least in Europe and North America—about the ethics and politics of historical comparison. Michael Rothberg offers preliminary reflections on this spate of recent controversies while also situating them in relation to selected earlier disputes.

Racism, Antisemitism, and South African Jewish Perspectives on Victimhood
Holocaust Memorial Westpark

Webinar | For Scholars

1st December, 2020

Racism, Antisemitism, and South African Jewish Perspectives on Victimhood

Professor Shirli Gilbert, University College London

Drawing on historical materials and contemporary interviews, Shirli Gilbert will explore Jews’ diverging perspectives on victimhood: their own victimhood, that of others, and how the two may or may not intersect.

When and Why Did Self-Determination Become a Right for All Nations? Jews, Arabs, and the Marxist World Revolution

Webinar | For Scholars

16th February, 2021

When and Why Did Self-Determination Become a Right for All Nations? Jews, Arabs, and the Marxist World Revolution

Professor James Renton, Edge Hill University

When did national self-determination become the conventional means to rectify the grievances of oppressed peoples? This transformation took place in the latter years of the Great War and had a momentous impact on the global political ideas of a post-Ottoman ‘Middle East’, the nationalist Jew, and the nationalist Arab. It was, James Renton will argue, a victory for the political thought of the Second International and its most significant legacy.

Intersectionality and its Discontents: Why Antisemitism Matters

9th March, 2021

Intersectionality and its Discontents: Why Antisemitism Matters

Professor Karin Stögner, University of Passau, Germany

Intersectionality is a methodological approach in the social sciences that investigates the multidimensionality of power relations. Why does this framework routinely exclude antisemitism?

Sexual Fantasy in Antisemitism

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. 

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. This paper looks at one subset – Jews who built their lives in intimate connection to Black liberation and anti-colonial resistance movements. For these white Jews, support for these movements was both a necessary act of solidarity and a personal expression of the search for a political and cultural home.

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