Understanding Antisemitism: Historical Roots and Contemporary Relevance

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), Peter Staudenmaier (Professor of History at Marquette University), Sina Arnold (PhD Sociology, Technical University Berlin), Blair Taylor (PhD, Political Science New School for Social Research), and Spencer Sunshine (PhD Sociology, CUNY).  

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 five-session 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.  Thematic units include:

  • Antisemitism: A Historical & Conceptual Introduction
  • A Critical Theory of Antisemitism
  • Antisemitism & Capitalism
  • Antisemitism and the Contemporary Left: Antizionism & Intersectionality
  • Contemporary Right Antisemitism
  • Countering Antisemitism

View the full Spring 2021 syllabus here.

2022 dates for this course will be announced soon.

We also offer a self-directed format that features the same materials minus the fixed time commitment of the weekly meetings that can be started at any time ($40). We try to make our programs affordable while also covering costs – payment plans and need-based scholarships are available.

REGISTER NOW for the self-directed version of Understanding Antisemitism.