The Pears Institute is a centre of innovative research and teaching on antisemitism, racialization and religious intolerance. It contributes to knowledge and understanding, policy formation and public debate.
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Established by Pears Foundation in 2010, our founding principle is that the study of antisemitism is vital to understanding other forms of racialization, racism and religious intolerance.
We are an internationally recognized centre for innovative research and teaching.
Our scholarship contributes to public debate on antisemitism, racialization and religious intolerance and we provide expertise and advice to a wide range of institutions in the UK, Europe and the wider world.
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is based at Birkbeck, University of London and is both independent and inclusive.
Jewish families in Nazi Europe tried to hold onto each other through letters. But wartime conditions applied. Letters were censored, and could not be sent between countries at war with each other. How to keep in contact? And, once contact was established, what to say — and about what to remain silent?
The IHRA definition is confusing and divisive. Forcing its adoption will not help protect Jewish students and staff. David Feldman argues there is a need to tackle antisemitism but also racism in universities more broadly.
This book charts the fraught relationship between Jewish internationalism and international rights protection in the second half of the twentieth century.
The German language holds an ambivalent and controversial place in the modern history of European Jews. Marc Volovici offers a new understanding, turning to German to illuminate the questions and dilemmas that largely defined the experience of European Jews in the age of nationalism.
The EHRC report into Labour’s antisemitism crisis underlines the need for an indivisible anti-racism, but also the difficulty of forging one. To change its culture, Labour must first confront its complicated legacy on race and minority rights.
For the last four years there has been an intensified debate about the ethics and politics of historical comparison. While current controversies are not limited to questions of racism and antisemitism, those two categories are frequently invoked and are often at stake…
When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they announced the overthrow of a world scarred by exploitation and domination. Yet, in the very moment of revolution, antisemitic pogroms swept the former Pale of Settlement. Brendan McGeever examines the Bolshevik response to this unprecedented wave of antisemitism and the crucial role played by Jewish radicals…
In an age of populism and nationalism it is more important than ever to understand the connections between antisemitism and other forms of racialization.Professor David Feldman, Director