Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism : Birkbeck University of London
Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage Research, Educate, Engage 'The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. it is an urgent issue for today.' professor David Feldman, Director

Innovative research and teaching. interdisciplinary, independent, inclusive


The Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism was launched in November 2010.

Our founding principle is that the study of antisemitism is vital to understanding all forms of racism, prejudice and xenophobia.

We are a centre of innovative research and teaching and contribute to discussion and public policy formation on antisemitism and intolerance.

Based at Birkbeck, University of London, and established by the Pears Foundation, the Institute is both independent and inclusive.


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Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution

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The Institute is located within Birkbeck College, a world-class research and teaching institution. We have unrivalled expertise in the teaching of religious and racial intolerance and multiculturalism across a wide range of disciplines.

At Birkbeck you can study: antisemitism, ethnicity, immigration, intolerance and identity, multiculturalism, racialization, racism and xenophobia.

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Doctoral Research

There are many opportunities to study for your PhD with the Pears Institute. The Institute's staff and Associates welcome research students whose projects fall within their areas of interest.

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Bonnart Trust PhD scholarship
Addressing Intolerance and Integration

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Latest Podcasts

Zionism and Antisemitism

International Conference

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The Ghetto of Venice: Past, Present, Future

Professor Shaul Bassi discusses 500 years of the Venice Ghetto.

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The Meanings of Antisemitism

Professor David Feldman examines the changing meanings of antisemitism since the term’s first use.

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Mein Kampf Today: Ideology, Memory and the Question of Censorship

A panel discussion prompted by the expiration of copyright for Hitler's Mein Kampf in Germany and its publication there in 2016.

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Challenging Myths and Misconceptions: Understanding the Nazi Camps and the Holocaust

Leading historians discuss the challenges and future of Holocaust education

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