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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Commemorating Painful Pasts Through Performative Practices
An International Conference

Deadline: 21 September 2015

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Sub-Report for the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism                  1 January 2015

Commissioned to assist the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism

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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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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

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Our events run from October to July.

Details about our autumn 2015 events will be posted in due course.

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Latest Podcasts

Why are we Obsessed with the Nazis? The Third Reich in History and Memory: Richard Evans and Ian Kershaw in Conversation with Nikolaus Wachsmann

In a rare public event, two of the world's leading historians of modern Germany reflect on the ways in which our understanding of Nazi Germany has been transformed and continues to evolve antisemitism figured in the controversies caused by the Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014

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Trauma on the Eastern Front: European Jews and the First World War
Professor David Rechter, University of Oxford

David Rechter explores the Jewish experience of the First World War and argues that it is only by understanding this experience that we can properly grasp the course of later Jewish history

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