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On Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 June 2022, Cambridge Interfaith Programme hosted the first workshop in a series funded by the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub:

Entangled otherings: racism, solidarity, identity

Entangled and disentangled otherings is a collaboration between Cambridge Interfaith Programme, the Centre for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University in Berlin, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (London), and the Department of German Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. The concept and call for papers were developed by CIP Academic Director Professor Esra Özyürek jointly with Stefanie Springorum, David Feldman and Irit Dekel. The call built upon previous conversation, including a workshop on critical perspectives on the relationship of Antisemitism and racism, held at Seminarhaus Gut Siggen in June 2021.

In addition to the involvement of the local DAAD Research Hub (supporting German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office), this event was co-sponsored by a British Academy research grant. We were pleased to welcome a number of funded early career academics as observers, alongside the named speakers. 

Further workshops should take place in 2023 and 2024. 


Session 1 | chaired by Esra Özyürek

  • David Feldman, Birkbeck College, London || Semites and anti-Semites in the nineteenth century: a multidirectional history
  • Anna Danilina, TU Berlin || Physiologies of race, racism & antisemitism: entanglements of somatic memories

Session 2 | chaired by Irit Dekel

  • Aziza Khazzoom, Indiana University || Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and the construction of Jews as White
  • Howard Rechavia-Taylor, Columbia University || “We look backwards, they look forwards”—Lutheran Whiteness across German borders

Session 3 | chaired by David Feldman

  • Irit Dekel, Indiana University || The expanding logic of the fight against antisemitism in three cultural shifts
  • Dirk Moses, University of North Carolina || The Catechism of the Germans a year later
  • Esra Özyürek, University of Cambridge || Subcontractors of guilt: Holocaust memory and Muslim belonging in post-war Europe

Session 4 | chaired by Anna Danilina

  • Nasar Meer, University of Edinburgh || The cruel optimism of racial justice*
  • Amos Goldberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem || From a global war of narratives to a binational framework

Session 5 | chaired by Esra Özyürek

  • Chana Morgenstern, University of Cambridge || Cultural collaboration and colonial entanglements: Mizrahi-Palestinian solidarities in Palestine/Israel*
    Damani J. Partridge, University of Michigan || Anti-Blackness, existing solidarity, and the limits of social transformation

Session 6 | chaired by Irit Dekel

  • Vanessa Rau, Max Planck Institute, Berlin || Are we in this together? Entangled otherings of Muslims and Jews in love and intimacy*
  • Ben Gidley, Birkbeck College, London || Entangled encounters: researching Muslim-Jewish encounter and solidarity in secular-Christian Europe

*Speaker unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances.

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