Professor William Kolbrener, “Progressive Academy and the New/Old Antisemitism”

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 include in-person and virtual presentations from top experts in the field of contemporary antisemitism. In-person lectures will be held at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, U.K. Recordings will be made available after each session.

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