Recent events have demonstrated the ongoing threat of antisemitism, and the need for analysis from an emancipatory perspective. We are proud to offer a timely addition to our online seminars: “Understanding Antisemitism: Historical Roots & Contemporary Relevance.” Co-taught by Robert Ogman (PhD Sociology, De Montfort University) and Peter Staudenmaier (Professor of History at Marquette University), this five-session seminar explores antisemitism in social theory and historical practice,  analyzing forms taken on the political right and left. View full syllabus here: syllabus_understanding antisemitism_2019.

The next seminar will run on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 ET,  November 12-December 3.

Registration costs $80 and includes all readings and platform access. The course is also available in a self-directed format featuring the same materials minus the fixed time commitment of the weekly seminar (recordings of the lectures and discussions are available) and which can be started at any time for $40.

Course Description: Among the specific forms of exclusion and domination that have plagued human societies since the rise of capitalism, antisemitism has played a particularly destructive role. Beginning with the emergence of modern antisemitism in nineteenth century Europe, this seminar will examine the development of antisemitic beliefs across a variety of cultural contexts and explore the social function of anti-Jewish sentiment under hierarchical conditions. We will discuss how and why antisemitic thinking and practice, from covert animosity to outright violence, affect both the established institutions of the social order and oppositional movements working against these institutions.

The thematic units include: Antisemitism: A Historical and Conceptual Introduction, A Critical Theory of Antisemitism, Antisemitism and Capitalism, Antisemitism and the Contemporary Left: Antizionism and Intersectionality, and Contemporary Right Antisemitism.

To register, email us at social-ecology@mail.mayfirst.org