RN31 - Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism
The network’s perspective is to bridge an exclusive divide between the understanding of antisemitism and of racism, exploring the correspondences and affinities, but also the differences and contrasts.
This research network is the only international network that gathers social scientists who research on racism and antisemitism altogether. Since its creation in 2008, it has become an important ESA networks in terms of quantity of members and sessions it organises.
The network’s perspective is to bridge an exclusive divide between the understanding of antisemitism and of racism, exploring the correspondences and affinities, but also the differences and contrasts. Our over-arching question is to understand the material conditions and the social, political and historical contexts shaping variations of antisemitism and racism across time and across different European and global contexts.
- Coordinator: Karin Stoegner, University of Vienna, Austria, karin.stoegner[at]univie.ac.at
- Co-coordinator: Kim Robin Stoller, International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism (IIBSA Berlin), Germany, kim.stoller[at]iibsa.org
- Christine Achinger (University of Warwick, UK)
- Alfredo Alietti (University of Ferrara, Italy)
- Véronique Altglas (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
- Sina Arnold (Humboldt University, Germany)
- Claudine Attias-Donfut (CNRS, France)
- Ben Gidley (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
- David Hirsh (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
- Günther Jikeli (Indiana University, USA)
- Ireneusz Krzeminski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
- Maria José Manso Casa-Nova (University of Minho, Portugal)
- Dario Padovan (University of Turin, Italy)
- David Seymour (City University, UK)
- Philip Spencer (Kingston University, UK)
- Zbyněk Tarant (University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic)
Former (Co-Founding) Board Member:
- Late Robert Fine (University of Warwick, UK)
// +++ Postponed +++ // CfP: RN31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism, Mid-Term conference on "Human Rights, Democracy and the threats of old and new Populisms: Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia"
University of Minho, Braga (Portugal)
Department of Social Sciences of Education, Institute of Education
The ESA Research Network 31: Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism invites submissions of papers for its biannual Mid-Term conference.
We will hold sessions that focus on theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of research on antisemitism and racism, also in a comparative framework. The network’s perspective is to bridge an exclusive divide between the understanding of antisemitism and of racism, exploring the correspondences and affinities, but also the differences and contrasts. Our over-arching question is to understand what are the material conditions and the social, political and historical contexts shaping variations in racism (including neglected forms like anti-Roma discrimination, “antigypsyism”, but also anti-Muslim resentment) and antisemitism (including antisemitism related to the hostility to Israel, Islamic antisemitism, antisemitism of the left as well as of the right), across time and across different European and global contexts. Our network provides a space where antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia are each understood in the context of the others.
This year’s Mid-Term conference will particularly focus onold and new populisms and the challenges to human rights and democracy. Against the background that in recent years proto-totalitarianism and populism have emerged with great speed and ferocity into mainstream democratic discourse, we are interested in scholarly work on thedemocratic state, critiques of democracy, the totalitarian contempt for democracy, the critique of truth, critique of ‘the media’ etc.
In addition and given that this year's Mid-Term will take place in Portugal, we are also interested in scholarly research on Iberian histories of antisemitism and the Sephardic diaspora.
Our special concern lies in (but is not limited to) the following issues:
- Critical Social Sciences in the face of inequalities;
- Theoretical/conceptual and methodological approaches to the actuality of antisemitism, racism and xenophobia in the context of democracy and its critique;
- Discourses on human rights and their relation to antisemitism and racism;
- Theoretical and empirical studies on conspiracy ideologies and exclusive nationalisms;
- Anti-establishment rhetorics and conceptions of the “white working class”;
- Antisemitism and anti-Muslim resentment as political and social rhetoric in the extreme-right movement across Europe;
- Neglected forms of racism and racialisation, including anti-Roma discrimination or “antigypsyism”;
- The legacy of colonialism in the discourses and practices of democratic and post-colonial societies;
- Intersection of different racisms or of racisms with other axes of difference, inequality and power.
A perspective on the gendered dimensions of all these issues is most welcome. Moreover, we particularly welcome papers that offer a comparative framing (e.g. cross-nationally or from the perspective of different European regions), papers that offer a multi or inter-disciplinary framing (e.g. drawing on history), and papers that offer theoretical and methodological innovation in studying these questions.
During the sessions, each speaker will have 20 minutes. All presentations will be made in English. Please send an abstract (500 words) including eventual institutional affiliation to the local committee of the Mid-Term conference: Maria José Casa-Nova (mjcasanova [at] ie.uminho.pt), Manuela Ivone Cunha (micunha2 [at] gmail.com) and Patrícia Jerónimo (ppmj [at] direito.uminho.pt).
// +++ Deadline: Postponed +++ //