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 intolerance.

Based at Birkbeck, University of London, and established by the Pears Foundation, the Institute is both independent and inclusive.


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Corbyn’s Labour, British Jews and Antisemitism: Will Peace Now Break Out?

Or are the conflicts too deep and the definition of antisemitism too flimsy? 

Read David Feldman and Brendan McGeever


Antisemitism and Immigration in Western Europe Today: is there a connection?

A five-nation study - April 2018

BBK J5998 Pears Institute Reports ENGLAND FINAL REPORT COVER 180409


The Left and Antisemitism

We need more than denunciations and expulsions to confront how the Left talks about capitalism, race and Jews - read David Feldman and Brendan McGeever 


Islamophobia and Antisemitism

David Feldman considers the complexities and challenges of making connections.


Islamophobia - Still a challenge for us all
Farah Elahi and Omar Khan (eds.), Runnymede Trust, November 2017


Our Migration Story wins prestigious award

Joint winner of the Research Champion category at Community Integration Awards 2017


New website

The Nazi Concentration Camps: A teaching and learning resource



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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, immigration, intolerance and identity, multiculturalism, racialization, racism and xenophobia.

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Doctoral Research

There are many opportunities to study for your PhD with the Pears Institute. The Institute's staff and Associates welcome research students whose projects fall within their areas of interest.

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After Multiculturalism? Conversations between History and Sociology

Speakers include: Kennetta Hammond Perry, Bill Schwarz and Satnam Virdee 

19 October 2018


Political Antisemitism and the Early Phantasms of European Fascism

Speaker: Grzegorz Krzywiec

23 October 2018


Challenging Denial: from Slavery to the Holocaust

Speakers: Caroline Bressey, Keith Kahn-Harris and Bruna Seu

7 November 2018


Yiddish Exceptionalism: Lynching, Race, and Racism in Joseph Opatoshu’s American Fiction

Speaker: Marc Caplan

19 November 2018


The Holocaust and Yiddish

Speaker: Miriam Schulz

20 November 2018


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Latest Podcasts

Jews of Colour: Race and Afro-Jewishness

Professor Lewis Gordon explores some unique challenges and dynamics faced specifically by Afro-Jews, in light of the tendency in Euromodern scholarship to erase the African elements, in what is now known as ‘western’ history and its religions.

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Jews, Muslims, Frenchmen: The Promises and Perils of Fraternity

Professor Ethan Katz traces the simultaneous development of coexistence and conflict among Jews and Muslims in France across the twentieth century and up to our own time.

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Shaming with Images: German Responses to Atrocity Films, 1945-46

Professor Ulrike Weckel discusses the complexities involved in understanding the attitudes and actions of the shamed.

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‘Please mind the gap’: Integrated histories and geographies of the Holocaust and Holocaust memory

Professor Tim Cole explores the gaps within Holocaust scholarship and some of the ways that those gaps have been filled by scholars.

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Cosmopolitanism: Jewish and Postcolonial Perspectives

Three leading scholars consider what cosmopolitanism means today.

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Zionism and Antisemitism: an International Conference

Scholars examine the interaction between Zionism and antisemitism as it has developed from the nineteenth century through to the present day.

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The Meanings of Antisemitism

Professor David Feldman examines the changing meanings of antisemitism since the term’s first use.

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