NCGS Online Seminar “Antisemitism in Germany Today,” Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Zentrum zur Antisemitismusforschung, TU Berlin): Friday, March 26, 2021
The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series (NCGS), an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional group of scholars in the Research Triangle of North Carolina is holding seminars online this term via Zoom. We cordially invite to our next event:
Friday, January 26, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm (Eastern Time)
STEFANIE SCHÜLER-SPRINGORUM (TU Berlin, Zentrum zur Antisemitismusforschung)
“On Numbers and Feelings: Antisemitism in Germany Today”
ABSTRACT: Antisemitism seems to be on the rise, in Germany and elsewhere. However, the scope of this rise, its reason, its agents and last but not least its meaning, as well as the political consequences to be drawn from it, are fiercely debated. In my paper, I will discuss the various ways of assessing antisemitism in Germany today: Survey and Polls, historical and sociological qualitative research, statistics by police and civil society organizations as well as the media covering of important events. I will put special attention to the pitfalls of each approach and to the problems of the media discourse. Finally, I will discuss the results of this overview against the backdrop of rising populism, racism and other forms of resentment in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
BIO: STEFANIE SCHÜLER-SPRINGORUM is the Director of the Center for Research on Antisemitism and Co- Director of the Selma-Stern-Center for Jewish Studies, both in in Berlin, and, since 2020, is the Director of the Berlin branch of the Center for Research on Social Cohesion. Her main fields of research are Jewish, German, and Spanish History. Recent publications include Four Years After: Antisemitism and Racism in Trump’s America (edited with N. and M. Zadoff, H. Paul, 2020); The Challenge of Ambivalence: Antisemitism in Germany Today (2018); Perspektiven deutsch-jüdischer Geschichte: Geschlecht und Differenz (2014).
OPENING REMARKS: RUTH VON BERNUTH (Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC Chapel Hill)
COMMENT: THOMAS PEGELOW-KAPLAN (Director, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University)
MODERATION: ANDREA SINN (Elon University, Department of History)
NCGS Website: https://ncgsws.web.unc.edu/
Karen Hagemann (Speaker, UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONVENERS: UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and Center for European Studies, and Appalachian State University, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies