Interpreting Imaginary Jews

Event date:  17 February  2011
Room B04, Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX


PEARS INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF ANTISEMITISM

Birkbeck, University of London

Disciplining Antisemitism Series: Interpreting Imaginary Jews

 

Round-table discussion with:

  • Dr Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Dr Nadia Valman (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Professor John Arnold (Birkbeck, University of London)

Many medieval Christians believed that Jews committed crimes against Christian children and were out to destroy their religion and way of life.  They retaliated with violence of their own, denying Jews theright to religious freedom and peace.  Dr Bale’s new book Feeling
Persecuted: Christians, Jews and Images of Violence in the Middle Ages (Reaktion Books, 2010)
exposes how the images of Christian suffering and persecution were central to medieval ideas of love, community and home. By examining poetry, drama, visual culture, theology and philosophy, he reveals the recreational persecution of Jews as a part of medieval life and culture. The book forms the starting point for this round-table discussion.

This event is part of the Disciplining Antisemitism series organised by the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. The Institute is funded by the Pears Foundation and based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative researchand teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism and racism. It is both independent and inclusive. To receive information on future events contact the administrator.

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Introduction by Professor David Feldman .

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Dr Athony Bale

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Professor John Arnold

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Dr Nadia Valman

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Questions

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