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Antisemitism: Definition Matters

International Workshop

Event Information

2nd April, 2019
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Birkbeck, University of London, 30 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DT
Cynthia Baker, Bates College; Manuela Consonni, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Brian Klug, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford; AbdoolKarim Vakil, King’s College London; Juliane Wetzel, Technical University, Berlin; Bashir Bashir, Open University, Israel; Colin Shindler, SOAS University of London

Attempts to define antisemitism are often accompanied by disputes and controversy, bringing to the surface broader political, scholarly and theoretical differences. This workshop seeks to explore these disagreements. It brings together expertise from inside and outside the academy and from a range of perspectives to consider the various meanings of antisemitism and the issues that arise when trying to define it in particular times and places. What are the conceptual challenges involved in the search for a definition of antisemitism? How have understandings of antisemitism been affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What distinguishes debates on the definition of antisemitism from debates on the definition of Islamophobia and other forms of prejudice?

Programme

Welcome: David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

I: Concepts and Histories

The Challenges of ‘The Jewish People’: Promises and Perils of Collective Identities, Cynthia Baker, Bates College

Bracketing Antisemitism: Snares and Dangers, Manuela Consonni, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Chair: David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

II: Politics and Practice

Antisemitism and the IHRA: A Defining Moment?, Brian Klug, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford

‘It’s the Definition, Stupid!’, AbdoolKarim Vakil, King’s College London

Defining Antisemitism in Germany, Juliane Wetzel, Technical University, Berlin

Chair: Mirjam Zadoff, Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism

III: Israel and Palestine

The Holocaust and Nakba: Challenging Antisemitism, Bashir Bashir, Open University, Israel

The Use of Antisemitism by Israelis and Palestinians in the Israel-Palestine Imbroglio, Colin Shindler, SOAS University of London

Chair: Marc Volovici, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Workshop co-convenors: David Feldman and Marc Volovici

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