Social Media and Antisemitism

DECIPHERING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PREJUDICE AND COMMUNICATION

CONFERENCE & PUBLIC WORKSHOP

International Centre on Racism, Edge Hill University, UK

5-6 November 2019

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

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, photography, memes— how did they affect anti-Jewish prejudice, what were their legacies, and what do such innovations have in common, if anything?

The conference combines insights from historians with the latest in digital humanities. Our keynote speakers are the historian Professor Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Director of the Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung in Berlin, and the Web epistemologist Professor Richard Rogers, Director of the Govcom.org Foundation (Amsterdam) and the Digital Media Initiative.

Funded by the European Association for Jewish Studies, the event includes an academic conference and a public workshop. The latter has been designed for media, community, and antiracist professionals, including law enforcement and those working in local and national government. The workshop will deliver research briefings, and interactive sessions devised to support effective strategies in response to the latest developments.

The conference and the workshop are a collaboration between MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism at the European University Institute, Florence, the Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung in Berlin, and the International Centre on Racism at Edge Hill University.

REGISTER for the conference and workshop HERE. Bookings by 25 October are eligible for a 30% early-bird discount.

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Programme

5 November 2019

09.00-12.00 Workshop for Media, Community, and Antiracism professionals

Professor Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Technische Universität Berlin.

Professor Uffa Jensen, Technische Universität Berlin.

Professor Richard Rogers, University of Amsterdam.

Professor James Renton, Edge Hill University.

Conference

13.00-13.15 Welcome

13.15-14.15 Medieval Hatred

Chair: Professor Uffa Jensen, Technische Universität Berlin.

From Codex to Carnival, Medium as Part of the Anti-Jewish Message.

Dr Marcia Kupfer, Washington D.C.

Creating Racial Hatred in Medieval Psalter Illuminations.

Dr Lindsay Kaplan, Georgetown University.

14.15-14.30 Break

14.30-16.00 KEYNOTE

Chair: Professor David Feldman, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.

Antisemitism and the Media: A Historical Overview.

Professor Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Technische Universität Berlin.

16.00-16.15 Coffee

16.15-17.45 Modern/Postmodern Transitions & Continuities

Chair: Professor Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading.

From Trope to Meme.

Dr James Smith, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Jewish Conspiracy and the Daily Press in Spain

Dr Martina L. Weisz, Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Fake News— From the Protocols to the Presidential Election of 2016.

Professor Victoria Woeste, Chicago.

6 November 2019

09.00 Coffee & pastries

09.30-11.00 KEYNOTE

Chair: Monica Gonzalez-Correa, ICR & MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism, European University Institute.

Deplatforming: Following the extremists to an alternative social media ecosystem

Professor Richard Rogers, University of Amsterdam

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30- 12.30 Far-Right/Alt-Right

Chair: Dr Stephen Ashe, University of Manchester

Online Hate: From the Far-Right to the ‘Alt-Right’, and from the Margins to the Mainstream.

Dr Aaron Winter, ICR & University of East London.

Nazism, Satanism and Jihadism: Inside the Bizarre Online World of Atomwaffen Division’s Network of Hate and Rage.

Dr Ariel Koch, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University.

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Identities

Chair: Professor Shirli Gilbert, University College London.

Social Media, Hate and Identification.

Professor Kitty Millet, San Francisco State University.

What is (on the) left? Boundaries and content moderation of antisemitic hate speech online.

Birgitte P. Haanshuus, Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies/University of Oslo.

‘I voted Leave! So, why are you still here?’ Antisemitic hate speech on British websites in the context of Brexit.

Dr. Matthias J. Becker,Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin/Weiss-Livnat Center and Department of Communication, University of Haifa.

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.30 Antiracism

Chair: Dr Ben Gidley, Birkbeck

‘A Resurrected Evil’: Challenging Antisemitism in Antiracist Media, c. 1980-2000.

Patrick Soulsby, ICR, Edge Hill University.

Antisemitism on Twitter: Collective efficacy and the role of community organisations in challenging online hate speech.

Dr Sefa Ozalp, HateLab, Cardiff University.

16.40- 17.30 Reflections on Media History and Antisemitism

Chair: Professor James Renton, Edge Hill University.

Professor Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading

Professor David Feldman, Birkbeck

Dr Lindsay Kaplan, Georgetown University.

Dr Marcia Kupfer, Washington D.C.

Professor Uffa Jensen, Technische Universität Berlin.

Professor Kitty Millet, San Francisco State University.

Image: Graffiti in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Yonderboy. CC BY-SA 3.0.