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

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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 Pears Foundation in 2010, the Pears Institute is both independent and inclusive.

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Jews, Money, Myth

19.03.2019 - 07.07.2019

A public exhibition and series of events in collaboration with Jewish Museum London

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Jews, Money, Myth Book

This publication was created to complement the exhibition Jews, Money, Myth with contributions from international scholars and artists exploring some of its key themes.

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Boycotts Past and Present
From the American Revolution to the Campaign to Boycott Israel

Historians and social scientists examine boycotts from the 18th century to the present day to show how they have changed over time.

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Edited by David Feldman
Palgrave Macmillan 2019

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Toward a History of the Term “Anti-Semitism”

David Feldman traces the changing meanings of the term ‘anti-Semitism’ from the late nineteenth century to the present.

The American Historical Review Roundtable: Rethinking Anti-Semitism

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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

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

A five-nation study - April 2018

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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 

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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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Events

Jews, Money, Myth

19.03.2019 - 07.07.2019

A public exhibition and series of events in collaboration with Jewish Museum London

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Fiddler on the Roof

19.05.2019

Film screening and panel discussion in the series exploring themes from the exhibition, Jews, Money, Myth 

Speakers: Helen Beer and Devorah Baum

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Jews, Money, Myth - Round Table

20.05.2019

Part of Birkbeck Arts Week 2019

Speakers: Anthony Bale, Joanne Rosentha, Marc Volovici

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From Amsterdam to Istanbul: Fundraising and Jewish Refugee Relief in the Seventeenth Century

22.05.2019

Public lecture in the series exploring themes from the exhibition, Jews, Money, Myth 

Speaker: Adam Teller

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Latest Podcasts

Shidduchim - Deals Made in Heaven:  Romance, Politics and Economics 

Professor Zadoff examines the ways historical experiences have influenced Jewish life throughout modernity up until today.

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German Reparations and the Impact of Post War Jewish Politics

Professor Ron Zweig explores the difficult decisions that Jewish leaders in Israel and the diaspora had to make before it was possible to even begin the pursuit of economic justice.

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Excavating Philip Roth: On Beginning a Biographical Study

Professor Steven Zipperstein shares some preliminary insights on Philip Roth's life and work.

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Placeless People: The Calamity of Statelessness

Our panel explores how exiles from other places have called into question ideas about sovereignty, law and nationhood.

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'Warrant for Genocide'? Hitler, the Holocaust and the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion'

Holocaust Memorial Day lecture by Professor Richard Evans

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Challenging Denial: From Slavery to the Holocaust

Our panel of experts explore how and why denial operates.

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After Multiculturalism?

Conversations between History and Sociology.

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