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The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

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.

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Comparing Comparisons: Preliminary Reflections on a New Era of Historical Analogy

Webinar | For Scholars

22nd October, 2020

Comparing Comparisons: Preliminary Reflections on a New Era of Historical Analogy

Professor Michael Rothberg, University of California, Los Angeles

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…

Antisemitism and the Left in the Russian Revolution

Public Event | Online

10th November, 2020

Antisemitism and the Left in the Russian Revolution

Dr Brendan McGeever, Birkbeck, University of London

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…

Understanding Visitor Experience at Holocaust Museums and Memory Sites

Books | CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS

Understanding Visitor Experience at Holocaust Museums and Memory Sites

Diana Popescu

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2020

Holocaust education and commemoration are becoming more visitor centric. Yet there is a significant gap in scholarship regarding visitor responses to difficult histories. This edited volume aims to examine diverse aspects of visitor engagement with the Holocaust both inside the museum and outside of it.

German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism

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German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism

Marc Volovici

Stanford University Press, 2020

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.

Jews of Colour: Race and Afro-Jewishness

Podcast | BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Jews of Colour: Race and Afro-Jewishness

Professor Lewis Gordon, University of Connecticut

As some Jews became ‘white’ in the twentieth century, large groups of non-white Jews simply disappeared, or at least disappeared as Jews. Anxieties about the intersections between Jews and race play an important role in sustaining some of the fallacies that mark discussions around Jews of colour.

Challenging Denial: from Slavery to the Holocaust

7th November, 2018

Challenging Denial: from Slavery to the Holocaust

Dr Caroline Bressey, University College London; Dr Keith Kahn-Harris, Birkbeck, University of London and Leo Baeck College; Professor Bruna Seu, Birkbeck, University of London

Laws prohibiting the denial of the Holocaust have been passed in many countries, yet Holocaust denial is still with us. At the same time, denial contributes to the erasure of the history of African enslavement in UK politics and wider culture.

Professor David Feldman, Director – 4

Our work shows how antisemitism has often been intertwined with anti-Muslim, anti-migrant, anti-black and anti-Irish bigotries. Antisemitism and other racisms should not be considered in isolation and still less in competition.

Professor David Feldman, Director

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