David Nirenberg – Anti-Judaism as a System of Thought


Event Date: 13 March 2014

Arts Two Lecture Theatre,
Queen Mary, University of London,
Mile End Campus,
Mile End Road,
London E1 4NS

The Leo Baeck Institute London presents:

The 2nd Annual Leo Baeck Institute Lecture

Professor David Nirenberg (Chicago) – Anti-Judaism as a System of Thought

In his recent book “Anti-Judaism: The History of a Way of Thinking,” David Nirenberg argued that Anti-Judaism should not be thought of as some archaic or irrational closet in the vast edifices of Western thought.  Instead, he suggested, it was a powerful conceptual tool, one that played an important role in helping many people make sense of the complex world they lived in.  In this lecture he will explain how Anti-Judaism became so central, and describe some of the work it has done in shaping the ways in which past peoples interpreted the worlds they lived in.

David Nirenberg is Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the Universityof Chicago, and the director of the university’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.  His research focuses on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic societies have interacted with and thought about each other over the ages.  His books on the subject include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages, as well as Judaism and Christian Art.  His recent book Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013) traces the multiple ways in which thinking about Jews and Judaism has shaped Christian, Islamic, and modern secular thought.  His Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Medieval and Modern, will appear in 2014.  David Nirenberg is also a contributor to publications such as The Nation, The New Republic, and The London Review of Books.

Welcome by Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL):


Introduction by Professor Raphael Gross (LBI):




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