- Speaker: Philip Spencer, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kingston University and co-author with Robert Fine of Anti-Semitism and the Left: On the return of the Jewish Question, Manchester University Press, 2017.
- Chair: Kim Robin Stoller, Chair of the Board of Directors, IIBSA.
It is well-known that antisemitism can take different forms at different times. In the UK in the current period, the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant Black Lives Matter mobilisations have both affected how antisemitism operates. On the one hand, we see a quite alarming spread of conspiracy theories, particularly on the far right, blaming Jews for the pandemic. On a part of the left on the other hand, we see a more complicated situation. Here, just as antisemitism is beginning to be tackled seriously, some self-proclaimed anti-racists are seeking to exploit solidarity with black victims of racism to further their antisemitic antizionism. If we are to combat the spread of these latest forms of antisemitism, we need to understand both the specific character of each but also how they may be connected.
Philip Spencer is Emeritus Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kingston University and Visiting Professor in Politics at Birkbeck College, London, where he is also an Associate of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. He is the author amongst others of Antisemitism and the Left: The Return of the Jewish Question (Manchester University Press, 2017 – with Robert Fine); Genocide since 1945 (Routledge 2012); Nations and Nationalism (Edinburgh University Press, 2006 – with Howard Wollman). Nationalism – A Critical Introduction (Sage 2002 – also with Howard Wollman).
This event was part of the webinar series „Antisemitism in Europe in the Context of Conspiracy Theories and Nationalism“ and part of the „Education and action weeks against Antisemitism“ in cooperation with the Amadeu Antonio Foundation.