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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Revisiting Holocaust Representation in the Post-Witness Era
Diana Popescu and Tanja Schult (eds)
July 2015

Revisiting Holocaust

This edited collection examines the relevance of imagination in Holocaust commemoration

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KL. A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
Nikolaus Wachsmann
April 2015

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The first complete history of the Nazi concentration camps

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Sub-Report for the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism                  1 February 2015

Commissioned to assist the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism

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Antisemitism in Dangerous Times

David Feldman reflects upon the condemnation of Israel in summer 2014

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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

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A cutting edge exhibition in collaboration with the Jewish Museum.

Opens 5 November 2015

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Blood Fractions: the Octoroon and Other Fantasies
Professor Roger Luckhurst, Birkbeck, University of London

26 November 2015

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Genealogies of the Future
Professor Jonathan Boyarin, Cornell University

9 December 2015

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Latest Podcasts

Why are we Obsessed with the Nazis? The Third Reich in History and Memory: Richard Evans and Ian Kershaw in Conversation with Nikolaus Wachsmann

In a rare public event, two of the world's leading historians of modern Germany reflect on the ways in which our understanding of Nazi Germany has been transformed and continues to evolve antisemitism figured in the controversies caused by the Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014

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Trauma on the Eastern Front: European Jews and the First World War
Professor David Rechter, University of Oxford

David Rechter explores the Jewish experience of the First World War and argues that it is only by understanding this experience that we can properly grasp the course of later Jewish history

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