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Jewish Studies cultural event Event

Jewish studies event
10:00 - 16:00
12 December 2010
Avenue campus, Lecture theatre C.

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Lifelong Learning team on 023 8059 7261 or email .

Event details

On Sunday 12th December 2010 the University of Southampton's Faculty of Humanities in conjunction with the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations will be hosting an exclusive all-day event focusing on 'Antisemitism'.

Led by several of the Faculty's foremost academics from disciplines such as History and Modern Languages, the day will consist of five 30 minute talks with time for discussion ranging across a wide variety of subjects from anti-Judaism in the ancient world to assessment of the state of contemporary antisemitism.

We do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us for this cultural day and take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the nature and impact of antisemitism from the perspective of different communities around the world in addition to historical developments. We will explore change and continuity in the nature of both hostility and positive reactions and responses towards Jews from the perspectives of history, literature, religion and culture.

Our team of experts from within the Faculty of Humanities will absorb and fascinate you during this thought-provoking cultural event and there will also be the opportunity to ask questions and have a group discussion. The event is being sponsored and subsidised by the Parkes Institute and The Karten Foundation and as a result tickets cost £25 for external attendees and £20 for concessions (alumni, students, University staff and Friends of Parkes). Both ticket prices include lunch on the day as well as tea and coffee during breaks.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day!

Speaker information

Professor Tony Kushner ,Professor Tony Kushner will speak on 'Antisemitism Today: A Reappraisal'. This talk will explore whether there has been, as often suggested, a rise in antisemitism and indeed the development of a 'new antisemitism'. By examining a few case studies it will suggest there is perhaps more continuity than has been allowed for and also, in a comparative context, less a problem facing the Jews than is popularly believed.

Dr Claire le Foll ,Dr Claire le Foll will speak on ‘Judaeophobia and Pogroms in Tsarist and Soviet Russia’. She will examine the significance of pogroms and anti-Jewish feelings in the history of East-European Jews, including an examination of views on pogroms found in documents from the end of the 19th century. We will discuss whether the pogroms were typical of Jewish / anti-Jewish relations in Russia and to what extent they constituted a turning point and a profound disruption to Jewish life in Russia.

Dr Helen Spurling,Dr Helen Spurling's talk will be dedicated to 'Anti-Judaism in the Ancient World'. This talk will explore the difference between antisemitism and anti-Judaism. We will look at key theological texts often described as ‘anti-Jewish’ from the first centuries CE onwards, and will also examine evidence of positive relationships particularly between early Christian and Jewish communities.

Dr Andrea Reiter,Dr Andrea Reiter will introduce you to a selection of current Jewish writers from Austria, read extracts from their recent work in translation and discuss their response to a resurgence of antisemitism in the course of the election campaign of Kurt Waldheim in 1986 who became the ninth President of Austria.

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