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Race Theory, Anthropology and the Jewish Connection

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9th February, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Birkbeck University of London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX. Room B33, Torrington Square main entrance
Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London
Anthropology, Medicine, Race / Racism
19th century, 20th century, 21st century

In the nineteenth century, anthropologists, eager to discover the origins of and demarcations between different “races”, regularly looked to the Jews – believed to be a pure and long-existing race – to test their theories. Taking these early anthropological ideas we can see how modern race theory was constructed. This lecture will deal with notions of racial purity, racial origins and the desire of pioneer anthropologists to “sort out” different racial groups. Professor Stone will conclude by connecting the discussion with today’s attempts to discover “Jewish genes” and to develop ethnically-directed medicine.

Podcasts

Play: David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism - Introduction
Play: Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London – Race Theory, Anthropology and the Jewish Connection

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