Event Date: 9 February 2016
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism presents:
Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London) – Race Theory, Anthropology and the Jewish Connection
In the nineteenth century, anthropologists, eager to discover the origins of and demarcations between different “races”, regularly looked to the Jews – believed to be a pure and long-existing race – to test their theories. Taking these early anthropological ideas we can see how modern race theory was constructed. This lecture will deal with notions of racial purity, racial origins and the desire of pioneer anthropologists to “sort out” different racial groups. Professor Stone will conclude by connecting the discussion with today’s attempts to discover “Jewish genes” and to develop ethnically-directed medicine.
Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests include: the history of anthropology, the history of and interpretation of the Holocaust, and comparative genocide. His most recent publications include: Goodbye to All That? The Story of Europe since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2014) and The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Yale University Press, 2015).
This lecture is one of a series being held alongside the Blood exhibition at the Jewish Museum London (5 November 2015 – 28 February 2016), which was conceived in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism.
Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute):