David Hirsh How antizionism re-constructs Jews as the key to history

Tuesday, 08.11.2022
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How antizionism re-constructs Jews as the key to history

The talk looks at the relationship between antizionism and older anti-Jewish ideologies. It finds a route through debates about the alleged historical essentialism of David Nirenberg’s anti-Judaism and Hannah Arendt’s focus on the geographical, temporal and social specificities of each anti-Jewish movement. It considers agency and responsibility for a form of antisemitism that is angrily denied by those who appear to embrace and carry it. It thinks about a functionalist aspect of antisemitism for those who re-construct it out of older but still virulent fragments of ideology. It draws on examples from contemporary political and academic discourse.

David Hirsh is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the CEO of the London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and the author of Contemporary Left Antisemitism.


Supported by:

Der Senator für Kultur, Freie Hansestadt Bremen