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Disciplining Antisemitism Series

Round-table discussion: Professor Didi Herman, University of Kent; Professor Maleiha Malik, Kings College London; Dr David Seymour, University of Lancaster
Date: 11th May 2011
Time:  6:30pm — 8:00pm
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, School of Arts Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H OPD
Free event open to all: Please email pearsinstitute@bbk.ac.uk to register your interest
Book:
AnUnfortunaeCoincidence

Didi Herman, An Unfortunate Coincidence Jews, Jewishness, and English Law, Oxford University Press, January 2011

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The role religion and race play in determining judicial thinking in England today will be explored in this round-table discussion. It will take as its starting point, Didi Herman’s ground-breaking new book, An Unfortunate Coincidence: Jews, Jewishness and English Law. This examines how English judges depict Jews in the 20th and 21st centuries. It highlights the part played by racial and religious understanding and addresses the place of the Jewish minority within the English cultural imagination. Opening the discussion, Didi will consider the complex and often contradictory approaches to Jews and Jewishness within judicial discourse, challenging assumptions both about any simple narrative of ‘antisemitism’ and about the tolerance and neutrality of English Law.

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