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


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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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

The American Historical Review »

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

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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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Un/settled Relations? India, Minorities and the Tropes of Jewish-Muslim Difference


Speaker: Yulia Egorova

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Jews, Money, Myth

19.03.2019 - 17.07.2019

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

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German Reparations and the Impact of Post War Jewish Politics


First in the series exploring themes from the exhibition, Jews, Money, Myth 

Speaker: Ron Zweig

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Latest Podcasts

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

Holocaust Memorial Day lecture by Professor Richard Evans


Challenging Denial: From Slavery to the Holocaust

Our panel of experts explore how and why denial operates.


After Multiculturalism?

Conversations between History and Sociology.


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