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


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 Pears Foundation in 2010, the Pears Institute is both independent and inclusive.

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Jews, Money, Myth exhibition wins Museums Change Lives Award 2019

This cutting-edge exhibition at the Jewish Museum London, developed in partnership with the Pears Institute, confronts and debunks deeply held stereotypes surrounding Jews and money.


Antisemitism, Zionism and the Changing Politics of the Left

David Feldman considers Zionism, the Left and Antisemitism - addressing the complex ties of antisemitism, democracy and the way the world views Israel.


Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution

The first monograph to analyse the Bolshevik response to antisemitism. 

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Brendan McGeever


Jews, Money, Myth

19.03.2019 - 17.10.2019

A public exhibition and series of events in collaboration with Jewish Museum London


Jews, Money, Myth Book

This publication was created to complement the exhibition Jews, Money, Myth with contributions from international scholars and artists exploring some of its key themes.

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Boycotts Past and Present
From the American Revolution to the Campaign to Boycott Israel

Historians and social scientists examine boycotts from the 18th century to the present day to show how they have changed over time.

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Edited by David Feldman
Palgrave Macmillan 2019

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Toward a History of the Term “Anti-Semitism”

David Feldman traces the changing meanings of the term ‘anti-Semitism’ from the late nineteenth century to the present.

The American Historical Review Roundtable: Rethinking Anti-Semitism

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Corbyn’s Labour, British Jews and Antisemitism: Will Peace Now Break Out?

Or are the conflicts too deep and the definition of antisemitism too flimsy? 

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Antisemitism and Immigration in Western Europe Today: is there a connection?

A five-nation study - April 2018

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Birkbeck's new short course on antisemitism 

Facing Antisemitism: Politics, Culture, History

How can we recognise and define antisemitism? How does it relate to other forms of racism? How widespread is antisemitism? Where does it come from? Why does it persist?

Course enrolling now for April-May 2020


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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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Jews, Money, Myth

19.03.2019 - 17.10.2019

A public exhibition and series of events in collaboration with Jewish Museum London

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Psychoanalysis as Decolonial Judaism


Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London

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The Oberammergau Passion Play: Actors, Audiences, and Antisemitism c. 1860-1910


Robert Priest, Royal Holloway, University of London

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From Realistic Conflict to Relative Deprivation: Rethinking the Psychology of Antisemitism


Anthony Kauders, Keele University

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Latest Podcasts

Jewish Money and the Image of the Jewish Body in the Middle Ages

Professor Lipton traces the slowly evolving image of Jews in medieval art, depicted first as worldly and materialistic, and, ultimately, dangerous and demonic.


On the Road: Jewish Peddling and the Shaping of Jewish History

Professor Diner reveals how the practice of peddling changed over centuries, and what its impact has been on the great Jewish migrations out of Europe.


From Amsterdam to Istanbul: Fundraising and Jewish Refugee Relief in the Seventeenth Century

Professor Teller examines the ways in which Jews across Europe and Asia co-operated in helping the tens of thousands of their co-religionists displaced by the mid-seventeenth century wars in eastern Europe.


Shidduchim - Deals Made in Heaven:  Romance, Politics and Economics 

Professor Zadoff examines the ways historical experiences have influenced Jewish life throughout modernity up until today.


German Reparations and the Impact of Post War Jewish Politics

Professor Ron Zweig explores the difficult decisions that Jewish leaders in Israel and the diaspora had to make before it was possible to even begin the pursuit of economic justice.


Excavating Philip Roth: On Beginning a Biographical Study

Professor Steven Zipperstein shares some preliminary insights on Philip Roth's life and work.


Placeless People: The Calamity of Statelessness

Our panel explores how exiles from other places have called into question ideas about sovereignty, law and nationhood.


'Warrant for Genocide'? Hitler, the Holocaust and the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion'

Holocaust Memorial Day lecture by Professor Richard Evans


Challenging Denial: From Slavery to the Holocaust

Our panel of experts explore how and why denial operates.


After Multiculturalism?

Conversations between History and Sociology.


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