Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Keynote Speakers: Derek Penslar (Harvard University) and Bashir Bashir (Open University, Israel and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)

Date: 24-26 May 2017

Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX

Event for scholars: Delegate fee: academics £100.00; Birkbeck staff £50.00; postgraduate students/early career fellows £35.00. To register go to: https://www2.bbk.ac.uk/pearsinstitute/.

This three-day international conference brings together more than 35 scholars from institutions in eight countries, from different disciplines and with diverse perspectives, to examine the interaction between Zionism and antisemitism as it has developed from the nineteenth century through to the present day.

Political Zionism and antisemitism have been connected ever since the late nineteenth century. From the 1870s, self-proclaimed antisemites regarded Jews as an unassimilable element within their nations and states. Many Zionists concluded that the persistence of antisemitism required a Jewish state or national home in Palestine. ‘We are one people – our enemies have made us one in our despite….Distress binds us together,’ wrote Theodor Herzl in The Jewish State, in 1896.

This is a timely moment for our conference. November 2017 brings the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration which enabled the Zionist movement to build a national home in Palestine and set it on the road to statehood, achieved three decades later. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. The war and its aftermath have added further dimensions to the relationship between Zionism and antisemitism.

For more information and the conference programme: http://www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk/events/events-calendar/zionism-and-antisemitism/ .

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