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These educational opportunities, made possible by The Lowe Family Holocaust and Genocide Education Endowment, are designed to foster understanding, and to disseminate knowledge, about the causes and conditions that foster genocides, including the Holocaust and to generate public awareness about the danger of authoritarian, totalitarian and nationalistic regimes to the future of humanity.
Recent years have witnessed a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents and the growth of anti-Semitic attitudes around the world. New research estimates more than a quarter of the world—1.09 billion people out of more than 4.1 billion people surveyed—harbors anti-Semitic attitudes. This workshop—organized by David Siroky and Lenka Bustikova of the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University—brings together leading scholars from around the globe to discuss the frontiers in the study of anti-Semitism and to debate critical factors that influence where and when ethnoreligious groups, and Jews in particular, are likely to be targeted and viewed with prejudice.
8 – 9 a.m.
The Jew In the Central European Imagination
Hana Kubatova | Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic
related work “The ‘Jew’ in the Czech and Slovak Imagination: Popular and Public Stereotypes in the Bohemian Lands and Slovakia, 1938–89” Hana Kubatova
Anna Cichopek-Gajraj | Arizona State University
9 – 10 a.m.
Middlemen Minorities and Pogroms in the Russian Empire
Ekaterina Zhuravskaya | Paris School of Economics
related work Irena Grosfeld, Seyhun Orcan Sakalli, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. 2020. Middleman Minorities and Ethnic Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the Russian Empire. The Review of Economic Studies 87:1, 289-342; “Radio and the Rise of Nazis in Pre-War Germany,” Quarterly Journal of Economics 130(4): 1885-1939
Eugene Finkel | Johns Hopkins University
10 – 11 a.m.
Anti-Semitism on Universities in the U.S.: A View from the Student Body
Jeffrey Kopstein | University of California, Irvine
with Rachel Shenhav-Goldberg “Antisemitism on a California Campus: Perceptions and Views Among Students,” Contemporary Jewry 2020; Kopstein, Jeffrey S. and Wittenberg, Jason. 2018. Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms on the Eve of the Holocaust. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press
Devorah Manekin | Hebrew University
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Contemporary Left Antisemitism
David Hirsh | University of London
David Hirsch, 2017 Contemporary Left Antisemitism Routledge; ‘Left anti-Zionism’ in Charles Small Ed Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective, 2006, Yale, Yale University Press; ‘The Smart Way to Fight British Antisemitism’ Jerusalem Post, November 1, 2005
Daniel Stein-Kokin | independent scholar
12 – 1 p.m.
1 – 2 p.m.
Antisemitism in Germany in the Time of Pandemic
Petra Guasti | Goethe University Frankfurt
“Hating Thy Imaginary Neighbor: An Analysis of Anti-Semitism in Slovakia,”Journal for the Study of Antisemitism 42, 469-492
Sara Wallace Goodman | University of California, Irvine
2 – 3 p.m.
Explaining Ethnoreligious Minority Targeting: Variation in U.S. Anti-Semitic Events
Ayal Feinberg | Texas A&M University-Commerce
Ayal Feinberg “Explaining Ethnoreligious Minority Targeting: Variation in U.S. Anti-Semitic Events.” Perspectives on Politics. Book manuscript: Insecurity in Paradise: Anti-Semitism in Modern America
Kyriaki Topidi | European Centre for Minority Issues
concluding discussion: anti-Semitism and social unrest in the U.S. today