Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism : Birkbeck University of London
Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage 'The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. it is an urgent issue for today.' professor David Feldman, Director

Innovative research and teaching. interdisciplinary, independent, inclusive


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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Sub-Report for the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism
David Feldman's report commissioned to assist the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism
Launched 9 February 2015

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Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism receives major funding boost
Pears Foundation announces £1.4 million funding, 2015-2020

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Antisemitism in Dangerous Times
David Feldman reflects upon the condemnation of Israel in summer 2014

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Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism in Britain
David Feldman explores the meanings of antisemitism

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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.

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Doctoral Research

Study for your PhD with the Pears Institute 

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Summer School for PhD Students in European-Jewish History and Culture

19-22 July 2015

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Film screenings with discussion

Enjoy the Music - The Pianist Edith Krauss
From Wunderkind through Terezin to Israel

Documentary telling the story of Edith Krauss, a talented young Jewish pianist, who survived the Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto by giving concerts. She tells her story - of trauma and of life - in words and music. 

22 March 2015

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Hannah Arendt

This award-winning film explores the life of Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish political theorist. Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the major figures in the organisation of the Holocaust, introduced her now famous concept of the 'Banality of Evil'.

26 April 2015

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Latest Podcasts

Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Rescue in Soviet Central Asia, Iran and India
Professor Atina Grossmann, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York

Atina Grossmann explores a transnational Holocaust story that has remained untold and seeks to remap the landscape of persecution, survival, relief and rescue during and after World War II 

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Israel and Antisemitism in Britain: Now and in the Future
Baroness Warsi PC; Eve Garrard, University of Manchester; Ed Kessler, Woolf Institute and University of Cambridge; Brian Klug, University of Oxford; Daniella Peled, journalist

The panel reflects on how antisemitism figured in the controversies caused by the Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014

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