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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Nikolaus Wachsmann, Professor of History at Birkbeck and Pears Institute Associate, wins the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize for KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
(Little, Brown 2015)
The Classification of Humanity: Defining and Dividing Societies in the Modern Era
Call for Papers
Deadline: 31 March 2016
Evangelicals, Jews, and Anti-Catholicism in Britain, c.1840–1900
Blood - reflections on what unites and divides us
Anthony Bale and David Feldman (eds)
This edited collection 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)
This edited collection examines the relevance of imagination in Holocaust commemoration
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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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Bonnart Trust PhD scholarship
Addressing Intolerance and Integration
The Emotional Toll of Antisemitism and its Consequences
Professor Todd M. Endelman, University of Michigan
24 May 2016
The Meanings of Antisemitism
David Feldman, Director, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
21 June 2016
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Circumcision: Identity Politics and/or Health?
Professor Sander Gilman, Emory University
Sander Gilman explores the historical context of circumcision as a medical and as a religious practice.
Race Theory, Anthropology and the Jewish Connection
Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dan Stone explores how modern race theory was constructed.
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.
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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