The Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective Seminar Series

Anti-Judaism, or the controversial term coined in the 1870s by Wilhelm Marr, Antisemitism, is one of the most complex and, at times, perplexing forms of hatred. It spans history, infecting different societies, religious and philosophical movements, and even civilizations. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, some contend that Antisemitism illustrates the limitations of the Enlightenment and modernity itself. Manifestations of Antisemitism emerge in numerous ideological based narratives and the constructed identities of belonging and otherness such as race and ethnicity, nationalisms, and anti-nationalisms.

The ISGAP seminar series aims to explore this subject matter in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary framework from an array of approaches and perspectives as well as regional contexts. Eminent scholars and researchers are invited to present seminar papers in an informal setting.

Convener: Dr. Christoph Gassenschmidt

Spring 2020

Jan. 28, “The Origins of Modern Antisemitism, the Holocaust and the Reemergence of Antisemitism”

Dr. Christoph Gassenschmidt
Associate Professor, Department of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World, DEREE;
Location: The American College of Greece, 7th Floor Auditorium
Time 2:10 P.M.

Feb. 27, “The Jews as Vampire in Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922)”

Dr. Fotini Georgousi
Assistant Professor, English and Modern Languages Department, DEREE School of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Location: The American College of Greece, 7th Floor Auditorium
Time 2:10 P.M.

Mar. 24, “Ezra Pound: The Greatest of all Poets or Despicable Traitor”

Dr. Haris Vlavianos
Professor of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World, History of Ideas and Political Theory;
Location: The American College of Greece, 7th Floor Auditorium
Time 2:10 P.M.

Apr. 9, “Estrangement and The ξενος (Derrida)”

Dr. Adrianne Kalfopoulou
Professor, English and Modern Languages Department, DEREE School of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Location: The American College of Greece, 7th Floor Auditorium
Time 2:10 P.M.

May 7, “Bauman’s ‘Modernity and the Holocaust’ Thesis Revisited: Challenges for Understanding Anti-Semitism and Other Fundamentalisms”

Dr. Spyros Gangas
Professor, Sociology Department, DEREE School of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Location: The American College of Greece, 7th Floor Auditorium
Time 2:10 P.M.

May 28, “United we Stand – Israeli and Egyptian Cooperation and the Gaza Conflict”

Dr. Orna Almog
Senior Lecturer, Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev;
Location: The American College of Greece, 7th Floor Auditorium
Time 2:10 P.M.

June 16, “It was my Human Duty to Help: How Ordinary Germans Saved Jewish Lives”

Dr. Christoph Gassenschmidt
Associate Professor, Department of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World, DEREE;
Location: The American College of Greece, 7th Floor Auditorium
Time 2:10 P.M.

Spring 2017

Feb. 6, “The Changing Nature of Middle-Eastern Politics”

Professor Uzi Rabi
Director, Moshe Dayan Center in Middle Easter and North African Studies, Tel Aviv University;
Location: The American College of Greece, Upper Level Library
Time 3:00 P.M.
(Video Here)

 

Apr. 3, “Antisemitism in Modern Turkey under Erdogan”

Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, 
Junior Research Scholar, Moshe Dayan Center in Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University
Location: The American College of Greece, Upper Level Library
Time 7:00 P.M.

Fall 2016

Nov. 10 “Business as Usual: The West’s Acquiescence to Radical Islamism, the Iranian Regime, and the Threat it Poses to Democratic Principles and Human Rights” 

Dr. Charles Asher Small
Executive Director of ISGAP
Location: The American College of Greece, Pierce Amphitheater
Time 7:00 P.M.

Dec. 1 “Hitler’s Legacy: Antisemitism in the Middle East

Dr. Matthias Küentzel
Hamburg Technical College Research Associate
Location: American College of Greece, Upper Level Library
Time 7:00 P.M.

Spring 2016

Mar. 18 Contemporary Debates on Terrorism: Origins, Escalation and Counter-Strategies

Dr. Glen Feder
Department of History, Philosophy, and the Ancient World
Location: AC Auditorium
Time: 3:00 P.M.


SEMINARS ARE OPEN TO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY (UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AND FACULTY) AND THE INTERESTED PUBLIC