Pears Institute: Events in May

Wednesday 3 May 2017

 Writing International Jewish History

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism in collaboration with the Institute for Historical Research, Rethinking Modern Europe seminar series.


Speakers:    Jaclyn Granick, University of Oxford; Abigail Green, University of Oxford, Nathan Kurz, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Time:              5.30-7.30pm

Venue:         Institute for Historical Research, Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU

Booking:      No booking required

This roundtable discussion brings together three leading experts to reflect on the meaning and implications of writing the history of Jewish internationalism. The three speakers will draw from their own work to illuminate both what is ‘Jewish’ about international history and the potential for international Jewish history to reshape the contours of the study of modern Europe.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

 Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust

Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

Speaker:      Roger Frie, Simon Fraser University

Time:              1.00-2.00pm

Venue:           Birkbeck University of London, Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ

Booking:        Free event for scholars register here


Despite the passing of time, the traumas of the Holocaust call out to be known and remembered. How do German families respond to the Nazi past? What is remembered and what remains unsaid, perhaps even unknown? Can familiar family narratives be transformed into an understanding of the Holocaust’s forbidding reality?

The son of Germans who were children during World War II, and with grandparents who were participants in the war, Roger Frie uses the history of his family as a guide to explore the moral and psychological implications of memory. From the perspective of a life lived across German and Jewish contexts, Frie explores what it means to discover the legacy of a Nazi past. Beginning with the narrative of his grandfather, he shows how the transfer of memory from one German generation to the next seeks to keep the Holocaust at bay.

This talk will draw on Roger Frie’s new book, Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust (Oxford, 2017).


24-26 May 2017

 Zionism and Antisemitism

An International Conference

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

Key note speakers: Derek Penslar, Harvard University and Bashir Bashir, Open University, Israel and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Venue:                   Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, LondonWC1E 7HX
Booking:                Delegate fee: academics £100.00; Birkbeck staff £50.00; postgraduate students/early career fellows £35.00. To register: click here

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.

For more information and the conference programme: click here



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