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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Antisemitism and Immigration in Western Europe Today: is there a connection?
A five-nation study - April 2018
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.
Our Migration Story wins prestigious award
Joint winner of the Research Champion category at Community Integration Awards 2017
The Nazi Concentration Camps: A teaching and learning resource
Christian and Jewish Women in Britain, 1880-1940: Living with Difference
Palgrave, January 2017
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.
Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship
Application deadline: 1 Feb 2018
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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.
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.
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.
‘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.
Cosmopolitanism: Jewish and Postcolonial Perspectives
Three leading scholars consider what cosmopolitanism means today.
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.
The Meanings of Antisemitism
Professor David Feldman examines the changing meanings of antisemitism since the term’s first use.
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