Reconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present

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April 10-12, 2016
This three-day conference—featuring academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research—delved into the history of antisemitism and explore the topic from a scholarly viewpoint.

We have added additional information from the conference, including photos, videos from all sessions, the program guide, copies of the student research posters, etc.


Event Overview Schedule PDF Uhlman Family Seminar Supporters and Cosponsors
Call for Posters  Abstracts PDF  Printed Materials  Registration
Sunday, April 10
3:00 pm

Ruth von Bernuth, Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

Panel 1: The Origins of Anti-Judaism
3:00-4:45 pm

Bart Ehrman, Department of Religious Studies, UNC: “From the Jewish Jesus to the Anti-Jewish Church”

Sara Lipton, Stony Brook University (SUNY): “What’s in a Nose?  On the Origins, Evolution, and Implications of the Antisemitic Caricature”

NOTE: New Start time:
Opening lecture
5:00-6:30 pm

Opening Remarks: Kevin Guskiewicz, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Speaker Introduction: Karen Auerbach, Stuart E. Eizenstat Fellow, Department of History, UNC

Stuart Eizenstat: “21st Century Challenges to the Jewish World: The Return of Antisemitism Seventy Years After the Holocaust”

Monday, April 11
Panel 2: From Medieval to Modern Antijudaism and Antisemitism in Europe and the Middle East
9:00 am -12:00 pm

Oded Zinger, Duke University: “Is There ‘a Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism’?”

Magda Teter, Fordham University: “The Theological Jew and the Historical Jew in Jewish-Christian Relations”

Hans Joachim Hahn, Aachen University: “On the Origins of Antisemitism: Aspects of an Ongoing Debate”

Panel 3: The Struggle over the Memory of the Holocaust
1:30-4:30 pm
Chairs: Robin Buller, Max Lazar and Daniela Weiner

Antony Polonsky, Chief Historian of POLIN, Museum of History of Polish Jews: “Coming to Terms with the ‘Dark Past’: Confronting the Holocaust in Poland and Lithuania”

Alon Confino, University of Virginia/Ben Gurion University of the Negev: “How did the Nazis Interpret Anew the Jewish Past and How Do Some Jews Today Interpret Anew the Holocaust Past?”

Nicolas Berg, Simon-Dubnow Institute: “The Völkish Goethe in the Early 20th Century: Antisemitic Scholarship from Adolf Bartels to Wolfgang Martini”

Poster session and discussion with undergraduate students
5:00-7:00 pm
Reception in the Atrium
7:00-7:30 pm
Keynote lecture
7:30-9:00 pm
Speaker Introduction:Yaakov Ariel, associate director for the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

James Carroll: “Jesus, ‘the Jews,’ and the Abuse of Memory: Get Back to Work”

Tuesday, April 12
Panel 4: From Mainstream to Extreme: Conceptions of Jews in Europe and America
9:00 am -12:00 pm

Yaakov Ariel, Department of Religious Studies, UNC: “Neither Antisemitism nor Philosemitism: Mainstream American Christian Attitudes Towards Judaism and Jews”

Jean-Yves Camus, Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques: “The French Extreme-Right, Israel and the Jews: Is the Old Hatred Still Alive?”

Guenther Jikeli, University of Indiana: “European Muslim Antisemitism”

Panel 5: Antisemitism today: Round Table Discussion with Journalists
1:30-4:00 pm
Chair: Karen Auerbach, UNC

Sam Freedman, New York Times

Yair Rosenberg, Tablet Magazine

Konstanty Gebert, Columnist for Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

Damian Pachter, freelance reporter

Final Remarks
4:00-4:30 pm
Chair: Ruth von Bernuth

Antony Polonsky, Chief Historian of POLIN, Museum of History of Polish Jews

Jonathan Hess, Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Distinguished Professor, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, UNC

Flora Cassen, JMA and Sonja van der Horst Fellow in Jewish History and Culture, Department of  History, UNC

Please note: Saturday, April 9: Facing Antisemitism through the Ages
The day prior to the conference, the Center and the UNC Program for the Humanities will hold the annual Uhlman Family Seminar for the general public and K-12 educators, which will feature speakers from the antisemitism conference.This will require a separate registration. Details will be provided in early 2016.


The Antisemitism Conference is made possible by private support. If you’d like to learn more about making a gift to support this event, please contact the Arts and Sciences Foundation.