Conference: Europe, Germany and Contemporary Antisemitism
March 15, 2015 at the Bnei Zion auditorium, Tel Aviv
During the last few years antisemitism is on the rise in Europe. Violent manifestations and physical assaults against Jewish citizens became commonplace. Even more significant, is the sharp rise of the public anti-Semitic discourse. It seems that it has become a ‘bon-ton’ to be anti-Semitic, sometimes camouflaged by sophisticated use of language. But, should contemporary antisemitism be considered as a ‘Jewish problem’ only? Or is it a reflection of inherent problems of today’s Europe?
We plan to concentrate on the EU States in general, and on Germany in particular. The role of antisemitism in the quest of contemporary European and national identities will be the substance of the deliberations. We will focus on the reasons that cause different groups to adopt antisemitism.
During the conference we intend to analyze the many facets of contemporary antisemitism and its representation in the public sphere, in the media, among politicians, in different social strata, in educated circles, and among minorities.
Prof. Dina Porat – Head of the Kantor Center
Dr. Walter Klitz – Head of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty
Prof. Julius Schoeps – Head of the Moses Mendelssohn Center.
9:20-10:10: Chair: Dr. Haim Fireberg
Europe and Nationalism: Past, Present and Future – Prof. Yossi Shain
10:20-11:10 Chair: Dr. Walter Klitz
German Society and the Language of Contemporary Antisemitism – Prof. Monika Schwarz-Friesel
11:30-12:20 Chair: Dr. Roni Stauber
The Role of Xenophobia and Antisemitism in German Society in an Era of Social Transition – Prof. Andreas Zick
12:30 – 13:00: Chair: Günther Jikeli
Discrimination and Hate Crimes against Jews in Germany; A Review Based on FRA Report – Dr. Olaf Glöckner
14:30-15:00 Chair: Dr. Rafi Vago
The Wilkomirski Syndrome: On the longing and the burning desire to be transformed into a “Jewish” victim – Prof. Julius Schoeps
15:10-17:30 Chair: Dr. Esti Webman
Attitudes towards Minority Groups in Different Societies, a Comparative View
Jews, Politicians: The Politics of Antisemitism in Germany – Lars Rensmann
Attitudes toward Jews Among Muslim Communities in France and Germany – Günther Jikeli
Governmental and Societal Attitudes towards Antisemitism of Muslims in Britain and Germany – Matthias Küntzel
Attitudes towards Minorities among Students in Germany – Pia Lamberty Coffee Break
17:45 -19:30 Chair: Prof. Dina Porat
Round Table – Europeanism and the Future of European Jewry
Prof. Dina Porat [Chair], Prof. Yossi Shain, Prof. Monika Schwarz-Friesel, Prof. Lars Rensmann, Prof. Julius Schoeps, Prof. Andreas Zick