The Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism was launched in November 2010.
Our founding principle is that the study of antisemitism is vital to understanding all forms of racism, prejudice and xenophobia.
We are a centre of innovative research and teaching and contribute to discussion and public policy formation on antisemitism and racial intolerance.
Based at Birkbeck, University of London, and established by the Pears Foundation, the Institute is both independent and inclusive.
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The Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism in the Labour Party - published 30 June
Nikolaus Wachsmann, Professor of History at Birkbeck and Pears Institute Associate, awarded the prestigious Wolfson History Prize for KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
(Little Brown, 2015)
Evangelicals, Jews, and Anti-Catholicism in Britain, c.1840–1900
Blood - reflections on what unites and divides us
Anthony Bale and David Feldman (eds)
This edited collection reflects on the religious, historical, and medical dimensions of blood.
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Revisiting Holocaust Representation in the Post-Witness Era
Diana Popescu and Tanja Schult (eds)
This edited collection examines the relevance of imagination in Holocaust commemoration
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The Institute is located within Birkbeck College, a world-class research and teaching institution. We have unrivalled expertise in the teaching of religious and racial intolerance and multiculturalism across a wide range of disciplines. At Birkbeck you can study:
Antisemitism, ethnicity, holocaust, immigration, intolerance and identity, multiculturalism, racism, xenophobia.
Study for your PhD with the Pears Institute
Bonnart Trust PhD scholarship
Addressing Intolerance and Integration
The Pears Institute runs a range of events through the year. Our next programme of events will start in the autumn.To receive news of our forthcoming events
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Protecting and Offending Jews: Speech, Law and Policy
A symposium considering aspects of discourse which offend Jews, and asking whether the law should be augmented or amended to protect Jews further or whether current laws that target discrimination and prejudice give adequate protection.
Blood Inscriptions: Science, Modernity, and Ritual Murder in Fin de Siècle Europe
Hillel Kieval explores the reemergence of the trials against Jews for the “ritual murder” of Christians in Central Europe that occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
A workshop exploring what history can tell us about today's refugees crises
The Emotional Toll of Antisemitism
Professor Todd Endelman, University of Michigan
Todd Endelman explores how Jews - especially "ordinary" Jews - experienced the stigmatization of Jewishness.
Race Theory, Anthropology and the Jewish Connection
Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dan Stone explores how modern race theory was constructed.
Blood Fractions: the Octoroon and Other Fantasies
Professor Roger Luckhurst, Birkbeck, University of London
Roger Luckhurst explores the literary and cultural representations of mixed blood.
Europe's Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right
Leading scholars and commentators discuss British and European asylum and immigration policy, and consider the implications of the migrant crisis for the populist right.
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