As part of ISGAP’s landmark Fellowship Training Programme on Critical Antisemitism Studies, Discrimination and Human Rights at the Woolf Institute, ISGAP is pleased to announce the ISGAP-Woolf Institute Series titled “Creating a Conceptual Framework for the Critical Study of Contemporary Antisemitism.”
Unlike the scholarship on issues and processes pertaining to race, racism and gendered identities, much of the scholarship on antisemitism is descriptive in nature, especially concerning its contemporary manifestations. This seminar series addresses the urgent need to create a conceptual interdisciplinary framework to analyse antisemitism(s) in the context of socio-economic, political, cultural, and ideological processes, especially in light of the impact of neoliberal globalisation. There is a need to combine empirical and conceptual analysis of antisemitism(s) within an interdisciplinary framework, in order to develop new tools of analysis.
The contemporary condition is characterised by the crisis of modernity and the processes of globalisation. The impact of neoliberalism in the weakening of the state, the fragmenting of society, and the emergence of reactionary social movements on the extreme left, the extreme right, and radical political Islamism, the reluctance of Western intellectuals, in a post-modern moment, to critically engage these processes as it relates to antisemitism(s) and its impact on democratic principles and values. Not since the Shoah, has the re-emergence, antisemitic discourse and violence, requires the development of a creative, interdisciplinary, critical approach to map, decode and develop strategies to confront this oldest of hatreds.
Housed at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, the seminar series will hold virtual presentations from top experts in the field of contemporary antisemitism.
To virtually attend the lectures register below:
17 Jan., “New-Liberalism, Antisemitism and Education”
Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director, ISGAP; Director, ISGAP-Woolf Institute Fellowship Training Programme on Critical Antisemitism Studies, Cambridge, U.K.
Date and Time: Tuesday, 17 January 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
24 Jan., “Progressive Academy and the New/Old Antisemitism”
Professor William Kolbrener, Director of Academic Development, ISGAP; Professor, English Literature, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
31 Jan., “The Rehearsal: Jewishness, Psychoanalysis and Repetition”
Dr. Chloe Pinto, ISGAP Visiting Scholar in Critical Antisemitism Studies, Discrimination and Human Rights, Cambridge, U.K.
Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
7 Feb., “The Final Stage of Hatred is Denial: Blaming Jews for Antisemitism”
Dr. Daniel Feldman, Lecturer, Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
Date: Tuesday, 7 February 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
14 Feb., “Authoritarianism and Antisemitism”
Dr. Lee Jussim, Chair, Psychology Department, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, U.S.
Date: 14 February 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
21 Feb., “Faculty Rights and Responsibilities in Conflict With Antisemitism”
Professor Cary Nelson, Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, U.S.
Date: 21 February 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
8 Mar., “The Topology of Antisemitism: from Definition to Identification”
Dr. Naya Lekht, Scholar and Educator, Los Angeles, U.S.
Date: 8 March 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
14 Mar., “Antizionism as Political Propaganda: Lessons from Soviet Anti-Israel Campaigns”
Izabella Tabarovsky, Senior Program Associate, Kennan Institute of the Wilson Center, Washington, U.S.
Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
21 Mar., “A Human Rights Approach to Combating Antisemitism”
Professor Ahmed Shaheed, OSCE Expert on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Professor, International Human Rights Law, Essex Law School, Essex, U.K.
Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
28 Mar., “Findings and Recommendations: Reflections from Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism”
Hon. Professor Irwin Cotler, Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, Ottawa, Canada
Date: Tuesday, 28 March 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
4 Apr., “Antisemitism from without and Racism from within. Can we reconcile these instincts?”
Professor Yossi Shain, Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science, Tel Aviv University;
Date: Tuesday, 4 April 2023, at 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT | 5 PM IST
18 Apr., “Contemporary Explanations of Antisemitism: From Far Right to Far Left and Beyond”
Dr. Lev Topor, ISGAP Visiting Scholar in Critical Antisemitism Studies, Discrimination and Human Rights, Cambridge, U.K.
Date: Tuesday, 18 April 2023, at 10 AM EST | 2 PM GMT | 4 PM IST