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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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The Government Should Not Impose a Faulty Definition of Antisemitism on Universities

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.

Jewish Internationalism and Human Rights after the Holocaust

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Jewish Internationalism and Human Rights after the Holocaust

Nathan Kurz

Cambridge University Press, 2021

This book charts the fraught relationship between Jewish internationalism and international rights protection in the second half of the twentieth century.

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.

The EHRC Report Shows How Difficult Building Real Anti-Racist Politics Will Be

The EHRC Report Shows How Difficult Building Real Anti-Racist Politics Will Be

David Feldman, Ben Gidley and Brendan McGeever

The Guardian, November 2020

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.

Comparing Comparisons: Preliminary Reflections on a New Era of Historical Analogy
Quinn Dombrowski from Berkeley, USA – Never again means now, CC BY-SA 2.0

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

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…

Professor David Feldman, Director – 2

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

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