10 March 2021
The crisis of academic freedom in Europe: the place of anti-Semitism and anti-racism

Seminar Racism and anti-Semitism | Wednesday, March 10th

Session of the seminar Racism and Anti-Semitism: global, national and local perspectives with Liviu Matei (Central European University)

Europe is undergoing a crisis of academic freedom. This is as much an intellectual crisis as it is empirical - policy and regulatory. The last 20 years have seen unprecedented developments in Europe: new concepts, models, standards and institutions, many of continental-wide relevance and impact, in teaching and learning and research, and in the policy and management of higher education. During this time, the concept of academic freedom has been systematically ignored by academics, university leaders and policy makers alike. It is currently a confused and underdeveloped concept. A common European reference for academic freedom is missing. In daily practices, academic freedom is often attacked, restricted if not repressed, not only in Turkey, Russia and Hungary, but also in the UK, Germany and France. The talk will look at the place of anti-racism and anti-Semitism in defining this crisis and in the efforts to overcome it.


Seminar online

Wednesday, March 10th
6:30pm - 8:30pm


Session in English

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Racism and Anti-Semitism: global, national and local perspectives (2020)

The seminar of the International Platform on Racism and Antisemitism intends to approach racism and anti-Semitism as a global, national and local phenomena, resulting from numerous metamorphoses and historical evolutions. The old forms of racism have not disappeared, but they are now in institutional and systemic mode, and in so-called "cultural" or "differentialist" form. Hatred and rejection of the other are now to be found on social networks (conspiracy theories, often anti-Semitic) and in algorithms. At a time of increase in identity-based movements and competition amongst victims, racist and anti-Semitic prejudice is even developing in some minorities or in groups defending minorities.

This seminar will deal with racism and anti-Semitism in a way that allows for comparison, welcoming approaches from various disciplines of the humanities (sociology, history, biology, political science, anthropology, etc.). It will consider concrete experiences, field research, without neglecting theoretical and epistemological questions.

Directors: Philippe Portier et Michel Wieviorka
Scientific coordination: Régis Meyran

Seminar sessions will be held in room A3-35, at the 54 bd Raspail, Paris 6.



Wednesday, January 8
Race, racism and anti-Semitism: contemporary issues
Michel Wieviorka (FMSH), Philippe Portier (EPHE) et Michel Veuille (EPHE)

Wednesday, January 22
Racism at school
François Dubet (Université de Bordeaux), Béatrice Madiot (Université de Picardie Jules Verne) and Céline Masson (Université de Picardie Jules Verne) 

Wednesday, February 5
Islamophobia and the  Struggle for Recognition
Tariq Modood (Bristol University)

Wednesday, March 4
History of the concept of race in France
Olivier Dutour (EPHE) and Régis Meyran (Université Paris-Descartes)

Wednesday, March 18
Hatred online
Dominique Cardon (Sciences-Po, pending), Gérald Bronner (Université Paris-Diderot, pending), Jérôme Ferret (Université Toulouse 1), Ghislaine Azémard (FMSH and Université Paris 8)

Wednesday, April 1st
Racism in law
Emmanuel Debono (ENS Lyon), Smaïn Laacher (Université de Strasbourg) and Odile Quintin (Ancien directeur général de l'Éducation et de la Culture de la commission européenne)

Wednesday, April 29
Relations between Jews and Muslims, a historical perspective
Benjamin Stora (Paris XIII)

Wednesday, May 6
Sinopias and Pentimenti: Conceptual Approaches and Changing Paths. Antisemitism in Latin America. A transnational perspective​
Judit Bokser (Universidad nacional autónoma de México)

Wednesday, May 13
Is There Room for a Cross-Atlantic Dialogue on Theories of Race and Racism?
John Solomos (Warwick University)

Wednesday, May 19
Tracing the History of a Toxic Present: Resurgent Antisemitism and White Nationalism in the U.S.
Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan)

Wednesday, June 10
Program to come

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