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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Evangelicals, Jews, and Anti-Catholicism in Britain, c.1840–1900
David Feldman 
December 2015

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Blood - reflections on what unites and divides us
Anthony Bale and David Feldman (eds)
November 2015

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This edited collection accompanies the exhibition Blood, and reflects on the religious, historical, and medical dimensions of blood.

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Revisiting Holocaust Representation in the Post-Witness Era
Diana Popescu and Tanja Schult (eds)
July 2015

Revisiting Holocaust

This edited collection examines the relevance of imagination in Holocaust commemoration

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KL. A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
Nikolaus Wachsmann
April 2015

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The first complete history of the Nazi concentration camps

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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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Bonnart Trust PhD scholarship
Addressing Intolerance and Integration

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Circumcision: an Index of Difference and/or the Health Exception
Professor Sander Gilman, Emory University

8 March 2016

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Last of the Unjust
Film screening with discussion

13 March 2016

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Pogrom: Kishinev 1903 and the Tilt of History
Professor Steven Zipperstein, Stanford University

21 March 2016

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Latest Podcasts

Race Theory, Anthropology and the Jewish Connection
Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway,University of London

Dan Stone explores how modern race theory was constructed.

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Genealogies of the Future
Professor Jonathan Boyarin, Cornell University

What happens when we start to think of Jewish genealogy and "blood ties" as oriented toward the future, rather than the past? 

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Blood Fractions: the Octoroon and Other Fantasies
Professor Roger Luckhurst, Birkbeck, University of London

Roger Luckhurst explores the literary and cultural representations of mixed blood.

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Europe's Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right

Leading scholars and commentators discuss British and European asylum and immigration policy, and consider the implications of the migrant crisis for the populist right.

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