February 9, 2012

Call for Participants: Muslims and Jews: Citizenship, Identity and Prejudice in Europe, the US and Israel

Thursday 23 – Friday 24 February 2012

Birkbeck, University of London,

Organised by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism.

It will be the first in a series on Muslims and Jews: Citizenship, Identity and Prejudice in Europe, the US and Israel and will deal with the inter-relationship of these terms in the British context. Subsequent meetings will be held in Berlin, Paris, New York and Haifa.

In the course of the workshop we intend to explore the following:

  • The ways Muslims and Jews understand multiculturalism and respond to it
  • The phenomena of Islamophobia, racism and antisemitism in the context of multicultural Britain
  • The relationship, if any, of multicultural politics to representations of Israel and to understanding in Britain of the conflict between Israel and Palestine

These are issues of obvious import in Britain where the politics and practice of multiculturalism is a continuing focus of controversy. They also have considerable significance in the Middle East, in Europe and in the United States. The aim of the workshop is to contribute to our understanding of the politics of multiculturalism and to advance understanding of the politics of the Israel/Palestine conflict as it is enacted in Britain.

Speakers include: Humayan Ansari, Mohammed Aziz, Chris Flood, Edie Friedman, Ben Gidley, Keith Kahn-Harris, Didi Herman, David Hirsh, David Kaposi, Alan Johnson, Maleiha Malik, Nasar Meer, Karl Sabbagh and Sanjay Sharma.

The workshop will be held over two days, both organised as a series of panels with short presentations, leaving plenty of time for discussion.

Please note that there are only a few places left. If you would like to participate please let the organisers know as soon as possible by replying to Jan Davison, the Institute’s Administrator:j.davison@bbk.ac.uk  indicating which days you are able to attend.

A detailed programme will be sent out shortly.


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