Social Media & Antisemitism
Deciphering the Past and Present Relationship Between Prejudice and Communication
5 & 6 November 2019
International Centre on Racism, Edge Hill University, UK
A collaboration between MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism, Edge Hill University & the Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, Technische Universität Berlin
Social media is arguably impacting in significant ways on anti-Jewish racism- but what is novel about this relationship? Focused on this question, Social Media & Antisemitism is the first conference to analyse the connection between innovations in media and changes in antisemitism over the longue durée. To that end, we seek contributions from both social media experts and historians.
Our end point is the new media of the 21st century, but we will begin with the medieval world and early modernity. The papal bull, the printing press, renaissance painting, photography, memes— how did they affect anti-Jewish prejudice, what were their legacies, and what do such innovations have in common, if anything?
We are interested in contributions that consider any innovations in media and anti-Jewish prejudice within our broad timeframe. Comparative papers considering different media are welcome, as are transnational and global analyses, though we are interested in all relevant geographical spaces- large or small.
Our intention is to publish a journal special issue based on the conference.
Professor Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Director, Zentrum für antisemitismusforschung, Technische Universität Berlin.
Professor Richard Rogers, Chair in New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam.
The conference is funded by a grant from the European Association for Jewish Studies.