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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Antisemitism in Dangerous Times
David Feldman reflects upon the condemnation of Israel in summer 2014

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Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism in Britain
David Feldman explores the meanings of antisemitism

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Integration, Disadvantage and Extremism
May 2014


This timely report examines what drives extremism in Britain and calls for a national strategy to promote community cohesion

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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

Study for your PhD with the Pears Institute 

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Summer School for PhD Students in European-Jewish History and Culture

19-22 July 2015

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Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Rescue in Soviet Central Asia, Iran and India
Professor Atina Grossmann, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York

28 January 2015

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SHOAH - Masterpiece of 20th century cinema

Film screening and round-table discussion

8 and 15 February 2015

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Latest Podcasts

After Liberation - Legacies of the Nazi Concentration Camps
Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann, Birkbeck, University of London

Nikolaus Wachsmann 
explores the lives of those who survived the concentration camps, as well as the legacy of the camps themselves

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Israel and Antisemitism in Britain: Now and in the Future
Baroness Warsi PC; Eve Garrard, University of Manchester; Ed Kessler, Woolf Institute and University of Cambridge; Brian Klug, University of Oxford; Daniella Peled, journalist

The panel reflects on how antisemitism figured in the controversies caused by the Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014

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