Antisemitism and English Culture

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Birkbeck, University of London

School of English and Humanities

Antisemitism and English Culture

A major international conference on the histories and cultures of antisemitism in England, from the Middle Ages to the present day. To be held at Birkbeck College, University of London, 9-11 July 2007.

Keynote speakers include:

Anthony Julius

Ira Katznelson

Miri Rubin

Registration, including online payment by credit or debit card, is now open. Prior registration is mandatory.

The conference programme is available in draft form.

Key questions to be addressed by the conference include:

-Can we talk of a distinctly English kind of antisemitism?

-Is antisemitism inherent in Englishness?

-What is, or has been, the relationship between ‘high’ or intellectual English culture and antisemitism?

-How far can specific English contexts be seen to have engendered antisemitism?

-Is there a meaningful history of English philosemitism, and what is its relationship to antisemitism?

-In what ways is England’s antisemitic past reflected in the present?

-What is the relationship between English antisemitism and communism, socialism, fascism, Zionism, Islamism, secularism, liberalism, and other ideologies?

-How is antisemitism mediated in English art, literature and other cultural forms?

-What are the contours of continuity and transformation in English antisemitism?

-To what extent have the terms ‘antisemitism’ and ‘Englishness’ become redundant? How much use do they retain?

Antisemitism and English Culture is convened by Anthony Bale, David Feldman and Anthony Julius, in association with The Jewish Museum: London’s Museum of Jewish Life. Please contact Dr Anthony Bale ([email protected]) if you have any queries or require further information.

Antisemitism and English Culture

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