Nathan Abrams – Treyf Jews?: Jewish Gangsters in McMafia and Peaky Blinders

Event Date: 4 April 2019
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square,
London WC1A 2NJ

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2018-19

Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season’s topic will explore the agency of Jews within the networks shaping visual culture. Spanning from the middle ages to the present, and across a range of different media, it will focus on the point of intersection of Art by Jews with Art about Jews and the complex interplay of Jewish reactions to their depiction in Western art and Gentile attitudes towards Jewish visual culture. How do Jews respond and attempt to re-shape their images, stereotyped by the majority societies surrounding them? How does Jewish material culture them? How does Jewish material culture influence Western visual culture, and how were Jews entangled with the art world?

Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has pleasure in inviting you to the fifth lecture in the series:

Professor Nathan Abrams (Bangor University, UK) – Treyf Jews?: Jewish Gangsters in McMafia and Peaky Blinders

In this illustrated lecture, professor Nathan Abrams will explore recent British representations of Jews on television focussing on the role of the Jewish gangster in McMafia and Peaky Blinders in particular.

Nathan Abrams is Professor in Film at Bangor University of Wales where he directs the Film Studies programme and the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies. He is the author of Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual (2018) and Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film (2019) and co-founding editor of Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal.

Welcome and introduction by Professor Christina von Hodenberg (Director, GHIL) and Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, LBI):

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