Lecturer: Vera Kallenberg
Modules: M12, M14, M15, M16
Credit Points: 6/9
Date: Tuesday, 2 - 4 pm
Description: Is antisemitism merely a variant of racism? How can we analytically grasp the specificity of modern and other forms of antisemitism and the characteristics of different forms of racism without ignoring the similarities? And how can we adequately discuss these phenomena, past and present, without offsetting them against each other and perpetuating a competition of suffering and victims?
The interdisciplinary seminar is devoted to theoretical-conceptual and historical-empirical investigations of antisemitism and racism. The focus is on modern antisemitism and anti-Black racism in Central Europe and the USA in the 20th century. In the first part, we discuss selected approaches to the causes and functioning of racism. In the second part, we discuss selected historical and social science theories on antisemitism. In the third part, we examine selected case studies on the entanglements and complex interrelationships between racism and antisemitism in the 20th century.
The seminar is aimed at students of history, cultural and social sciences. Students must be prepared to read theoretically challenging texts, to give a lecture in the seminar and to write a term paper. Please register in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide information about your field of study, semester, and previous experience.