CFP: Antisemitism and English Culture (UK) (12/15/06; 7/9/07-7/11/07)

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Anthony Bale
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Antisemitism and English Culture

CALL FOR PAPERS [reminder; apologies for


A major international conference on the histories
and cultures of antisemitism in England, from the
Middle Ages to the present day. To be held at
Birkbeck College, University of London, Bloomsbury,
London: 9-11 July 2007.

Plenary speakers:
Anthony Julius (Birkbeck College/London Consortium,
University of London)
Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London)
Ira Katznelson (Columbia University)

Key questions to be addressed include:

Can we talk of a distinctly English kind of

Is antisemitism inherent in Englishness?

What is, or has been, the relationship between
'high' or intellectual English culture and

How far can specific English contexts be seen to
have engendered antisemitism?

Is there a meaningful history of English
philosemitism, and what is its relationship to

In what ways is England's antisemitic past reflected
in the present?

What is the relationship between English
antisemitism and communism, socialism, fascism,
Zionism, Islamism, secularism, liberalism, and other

How is antisemitism mediated in English art,
literature and other cultural forms?

What are the contours of continuity and
transformation in English antisemitism?

To what extent have the terms 'antisemitism' and
'Englishness' become redundant? How much use do they

Papers from all disciplines, or interdisciplinary
submissions, are welcomed; panel proposals of 3
speakers are also welcomed. Papers will be of 20
minutes duration. Paper proposals of no more than
150 words should be sent as soon as possible and by
15 December 2006 to Dr Anthony Bale
(, School of English & Humanities,
Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet
Street, LONDON, WC1E 7HX, England.


The Conference is organised in association with the
Jewish Museum, Camden Town, London.

Dr Anthony Bale
Lecturer in medieval literature
School of English & Humanities
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street

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