24 March 2021
Sinopias and Pentimenti: Conceptual Approaches and Changing Paths

Seminar Racism and anti-Semitism | Wednesday, March 24th

Session originally planned on March 3rd

Session of the seminar Racism and Anti-Semitism: global, national and local perspectives with Judit Bokser.

Antisemitism in Latin America. A transnational perspective​

This session will focus on the different ideological matrices which generate anti-Semitism on the subjective effects (notably through myths and stereotypes) and behaviors (through the actions and practices in individuals and institutions); and through them, the negative identification of Jewish otherness constructed in the minds of representations of the radical foreigner or of the enemy of the group, of society, of the nation or of the state. Judit Bokser will study, from a diachronic and comprehensive perspective, the accumulation of prejudice producing hatred towards the Jews in Latin America and show how they normalize.

Judit Bokser holds a BA and a Master degree in Sociology and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and earns a PhD in Political Science (summa cum laude) from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Her doctorate research focused on theoretical and practical responses of Judaism to Modernity. She is currently a Full-Time Professor of Political Science at the School of Social and Political Science at UNAM, where she has been teaching and researching since 1970.


Seminar online

Wednesday, March 24th
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
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