Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mar 9 Antisemitism in Today's Europe--HHH Dean Schwartz speaking

Wednesday, March 9, 2:30-4:30 PM
120 Elmer L. Andersen Library

Antisemitism in Today's Europe: Between Neo-Nationalism and Global Terrorism

Panel speakers:
KENNETH MARCUS, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
GÜNTHER JIKELI, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Indiana University
ERIC P. SCHWARTZ, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
BRUNO CHAOUAT, Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota
Moderated by:
PATRICIA LORCIN, Department of History, University of Minnesota

Political scientist Gilles Kepel, among other pundits and scholars, has argued that jihadism needs nationalism and nationalism needs jihadism. Both extremisms, in order to gain traction, must identify an enemy. If, for European Neo-Nationalisms, the Muslim/immigrant is the enemy, for jihadism it is the West, modernity, and the Jew.

This panel will examine the new discourse of antisemitism in the context of a deadly dialectic between neo-nationalism and global terrorism, in a time when the Jewish population of Europe is caught in a vice between old European nationalist antisemitism and a belief in an apocalyptic transformation of society that also scapegoats Jews.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, Department of French and Italian, Department of History, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; and by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
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