[IHGMS] A panel discussion on "Whatever Happened to Antisemitism? Redefinition and the Myth of the 'Collective Jew'", by Antony Lerman - via ZOOM Webinar (03/02/23)

Alon Confino (IHGMS)'s picture
March 2, 2023
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, World History / Studies, Humanities

[Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies of UMass Amherst]
Join us on Thursday, March 2, 2023, 1:00pm (EST) for a panel discussion on Whatever Happened to Antisemitism? Redefinition and the Myth of the 'Collective Jew', by Antony Lerman. Discussing the book will be Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Lila Corwin Berman, Noura Erakat, and Shirin Seikaly. Antony Lerman will respond and Stephen Clingman will moderate.

Antisemitism is one of the most controversial topics of our time. We talk so much about antisemitism, not so much because cases of antisemitism have spiked—the evidence for this is complex, contradictory, and inconclusive—but because we deeply disagree on how to define it. In his thought-provoking book, Whatever Happened to Antisemitism? Redefinition and the Myth of the 'Collective Jew' (Pluto Press, 2022), Antony Lerman argues that this confusion is the result of a 30-year process of redefinition of the phenomenon, casting Israel as the persecuted “collective Jew” and the main victim of antisemitism. The consequences of this redefinition, argues Lerman, are alarming: suppressing free speech on Palestine and Israel, legitimizing Islamophobic forces, and making Jews more, not less, vulnerable.

This event will be held via ZOOM Webinar. Register for this event in advance here: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LeDNjL0TQzGSfrTJ3KEBpA

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