Given the slew of timely recent publications, it is evident that contemporary scholars of antisemitism have responded well to the challenges presented by the pervasiveness of this discourse in the 21st Century. Such research addresses the convergence of antisemitism with misogyny, racism, and heterosexism, while also analyzing the far right and far left incarnations that converge in specific social movements and/or corporations. However, while this analysis is both insightful and very welcome, such research still tends to remain within the Euro-American and Arab worlds, and so remains somewhat detached from the significant economic and industrial changes occurring around the world today. In particular, this includes the growth of East and Southeast Asian nations and cities as centers of global power, within which Israel’s movement to ‘look East’ and its changing relationship with the various Asian nations is a key part of such modernity. Indeed, constructions of Jews, Israel, and antisemitism have become a key part of this changing context in nations such as China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia. As such, understanding the historical and contemporary attitudes towards and constructions of Israel and Jewish people across Asia is now an important part of addressing the complex incarnations of not only antisemitism but also the varying forms of racial and national politics across the world today. To this end, bringing together experts on Jews and Judaism across East and Southeast Asia for the first time, this series of talks will address the complex ways in which Jews, Israel, and antisemitism are represented and engaged within this diverse part of the world. Put together by Scholars from Asian studies departments and institutions across Asia, this series aims to begin a dialogue as to how contemporary scholars of antisemitism should grapple with this new and changing context.

This series will be convened by:

Dr. Mary J. Ainslie, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham Ningbo, Ningbo, China

Dr. Navras Aafreedi, Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata, India

Register for the webinars below:


14 Oct., “Construction and Images of Jews in Contemporary East Asia: Cross-national Commonalities and Differences”

Dr. Rotem Kowner, Professor of Japanese History and Culture, Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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28 Oct., “Jewish Communities in South East Asia – Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar”

Professor Meron Medzini, Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Asian Studies, Jerusalem, Israel

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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11 Nov., “Jews and Jewishness in Contemporary China: Discursive Constructions and Considered Obscurement”

Dr. Corey Schultz, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham Ningbo, Ningbo, China

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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09 Dec., “Eichmann Proxies: Jewish Survivors, Holocaust Psychology, and A-Bomb Research in Japan”

Professor Ran Zwigenberg, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Jewish Studies, Department of Asian Studies, College of the Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, United States

Date: Thursday, December 09, 2021 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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13 Jan., “The Perceptions of Israel in Contemporary China”

Dr. Lihong Song, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Glazer Institute of Jewish and Israel Studies, Nanjing University, China

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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27 Jan., “CategoRising Jewish heritage in China: Memories and Anxiety over the Making of Shanghai Ark”

Dr. Shu-Mei Huang, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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10 Feb., “Research and Reconstruction of Bible, Israel and Judaism in the Asian Imagination”

Rabbi Dr. Avrum M. Ehrlich, Jerusalem, Israel

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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24 Feb., “Anti-Jewish Sentiment and Religious Intolerance in Indonesia”

Dr. Mun’im Sirry, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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10 Mar., Lecture title TBA.

Dr. Glenn Timmermans, Professor of Literature, Dept. of English, University of Macau

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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7 Apri., Lecture title TBA.

Prof. Ho-Keun Choi, Professor, Department of History, Korea University

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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21 Apr., “Central European Jewish Refugees in Post-WWII Shanghai”

Kimberly Cheng, New York University

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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5 May, “Antisemitism and Philosemitism in Malaysia”

Dr. Mary J. Ainslie, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham Ningbo

Date: Thursday, May 5 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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19 May, Rivalry over the Jewish Question amidst East Asian History Wars: Japan’s Offense and Defense

Dr. Yakov Zinberg, Professor (Ret’d), Senior Research Fellow, Kokushikan University, Tokyo

Date: Thursday, May 5 2022 
Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Time

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