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 Nazi Concentration Camps: A teaching and learning resource
CALL FOR PAPERS
Zionism and Antisemitism: International Conference, London 2017
Deadline: 14 November 2016
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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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
An intimate view of evil? How German Jews made sense of Nazi perpetrators
Holocaust Memorial Day Event
1 February 2017
Contesting Jewish Loyalties: The First World War and Beyond
15-17 December 2016
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The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust
Professor Lisa Leff, American University
Lisa Leff tells the story of Zosa Szajkowski, who took tens of thousands of Jewish documents from Europe in the 1940s and 50s and moved them, illicitly, to New York, and considers whether this was a heroic act of salvage or simply theft.
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
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