European Sociological Association, RN 31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism

Mid-Term Conference

Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Vienna, 4-6 September 2014

Department of Art History, Campus Hof 9, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna


Thursday, 4 September

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:00 Welcome addresses by the Vice-rector of the University of Vienna Heinz Fassmann and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna, Rudolf Richter


Session 1 – Racism and Antisemitism Session 2 – Holocaust Remembrance I
10:00-10:30 Ben Gidley (Oxford University)I’m not racist but some of my best friends are: structures of disavowal in contemporary racism Claudine Attias-Donfut (CNRS France)The Ageing of Jewish Nazi Victims
10:30-11:00 Sina Arnold – Antisemitism and the American Left Ireneusz Krzeminski (Warsaw University)Have only Jews suffered? Holocaust remembrance and Polish national identity
11:00-11:30 Tobias Neuburger (University of Innsbruck)“Voller List und Ränke”. On the Relation of Anti-Gypsyism and Anti-Semitism Karen Frostig (Brandeis University & Lesley University)Remembering Memory in Vienna


11:30-12:00 Coffee Break




Session 3 –   Holocaust Remembrance and Education Session 4 – Racism and Anti-Muslim Resentment
12:00-12:30 Elke Rajal (Institute of Conflict Research, Vienna)Holocaust Education in Austria Monica Massari (University of Naples “Federico II”)Muslim Women in Europe in the Shadow of Islamophobia and Post-Colonial Past
12:30-13:00 Esra Ozyurek (London School of Economics)Making Germans out of Muslims? Immigrant only Holocaust Education and Anti-Semitism Prevention Trainings Christa Markom (University of Vienna)Racism as Group Phenomenon in Austria
13:00-13:30 Keren Babtzuck-Harazi (University of Haifa)“Present in the Collective, Yet Absent from Memory?” The Holocaust Survivors of Greece in Isreali Collective Memory Zbynek Tarant (University of West Bohemia, Pilsen)“The Enemy of My Enemy is My … Enemy?” – Neo-Nazis and Muslims in Czech Republic


13:30-14:30 Lunch Break


Session 5 – Conceptual Approaches I: Badiou, Butler, and New Antisemitism Session 6 – South and Central Europe
14:30-15:00 David Seymour (City University London)Adorno contra Badiou: The Holocaust, the Jews and Antisemitism Günther Jikeli (Indiana University)Edorgan’s Antisemitic Obsession
15:00-15:30 Nico Bechter (University of Vienna)Badiou, Antisemitism and the Case of Wagner Michal Navoth (attorney)Antisemitism in Greece, June 2012-May2014: The Worrisome Surge of the Golden Dawn
15:30-16:00 David Hirsh (Goldsmith College London)Hostility to the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism: The Exclusion of Zionists from the Community of the Progressive and the Whitening of the Jews István Pogány (University of Warwick)Holocaust Remembrance and Antisemitism in Hungary
16:00-16:30 Holger Knothe (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) What is new about „new antisemitism“? On conceptualising contemporar antisemitism(s). Michal Vasecka (Faculty of Social Sciences, Brno)Does Antisemitism Influence the Process of Modernization in Central Europe after 1989?


16:30-17:00 Coffee Break


Session 7 – Holocaust Denial Session 8 – Anti-Zionism I
17:00-17:30 Andreas Peham (Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes)Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial in Austria Ljiljana Radonic (Austrian Academy of Sciences & University of Vienna)From Feminist Antisemitism to Post-Feminist “Post-Zionism
17:30-18:00 Alina Cala (Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw)Denying the Holocaust in Poland Eli Avraham (University of Haifa)Fighting Antisemitism, Stereotypes and Media Bias: Media Strategies to Restore Israel Image Since 1948
18:00-18:30 Gabriel Mayer (University of Haifa)Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism: A Look at the Media Arieh J. Kochavi (University of Haifa)Antisemitism, Holocaust Remembrance, and Criticism of Israel




Friday, 5 September

Session 9 – Anti-Muslim Racism and Antisemitism Session 10 – Holocaust Rememberance III
9:30-10:00 Carina Klammer (University of Vienna)Anti-Muslim Racism, Antisemitism and the Discourse of “Competition of Victim Status” Catherine Chatterley (University of Manitoba)Fatigue, Envy, Politics: Holocaust Memorialization Through a Diasporic Lense
10:00-10:30 Julia Edthofer (University of Vienna)Debates on Israel in the Frame of Holocaust and Colonialism Remembrance Lesley Klaff (Sheffield Hallam University)Holocaust Inversion in Great Britain: Defining the Limits of Acceptable Political Discourse in Parliament
10:30-11:00 Martin Meyrath (University of Vienna)Islamophobic Racism and Antisemitism Sarah Cardaun (King’s College London)Holocaust Commemoration in Britain between the Rhetoric of Fighting Antisemitism and Universalistic Practice


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


Session 11 – Holocaust Remembrance and Hatred of Israel Session 12 – Antisemitism and Prejudice Research
11:30-12:00 Thorsten Fuchshuber (Université du Luxembourg)Hatred of Civilization and “Critique” of Israel – Antisemitism as Collective Narcissism Björn Milbradt (University of Kassel)The Development of Prejudice in Early Childhood – With Regard to its Embedment in Everyday nursery School Interactions
12:00-12:30 Natan Sznaider (Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo) and Alejandro Baer (University of Minnesota)Global Holocaust Memory and the Politics of “Never Again”. The uses of “Jewish Uniqueness” and the “Genocide” paradigm Mark Elchardus (Free University Brussels)Racist attitudes and negative expectations
12:30-13:00 Eveline Goodman-Thau (Hermann-Cohen-Akademie für Religion, Wissenschaft und Kunst, Buchen/Odenwald)Antisemitism after Auschwitz. On the Politics of Myth, Memory and Messianism Michael Höttemann (University of Marburg) They don’t mean it maliciously…“ Invoking the question of intentionality as a means of criticizing or legitimizing Anti-Semitic and racist behaviour.


13:00-14:00 Lunch Break


Session 13 – Conceptual Approaches II: From Marx to Arendt Session 14 – Antisemitism in Arab Countries
14:00-14:30 Chad Alan Goldberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison)Capitalism and the Jews: A Study in the Historical Sociology of Ideas Esther Webman (Tel Aviv University)Old and New in the Palestinian Holocaust Public Discourse
14:30-15:00 Robert Fine (University of Warwick)Neither lack of love nor antizionism: Arendt’s Jewish Writings Kim Robin Stoller (International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism & Free University of Berlin)Antisemitism, anti-Zionism and Holocaust Perception in Marocco. Theoretical Reflections on Islamic, (pan-)national and Ethnic Collective Identity Constructions
15:00-15:30 Philip Spencer (Kingston University)A path not taken: Marxism, cosmopolitanism and the question of antisemitism David Patterson (The University of Texas at Dallas)Islamic Jihadism and the Legacy of Nazi Antisemitism
15:30-16:00 Ilka Schroeder (Technical University Berlin)The “Jew” as antithesis to the national principle?


16:00-16:30 Coffee Break


16:30-18:00 Business Meeting Research Network 31






Saturday, 6 September

Session 15 – Anti-Zionism II Session 16 – Survivor Testimonies and Jewish Communities
9:30-10:00 Stephan Grigat (University of Vienna)The Iranian Threat and the Delegitimization of Israel in Austria and Germany Kaisa Ketokivi (University of Helsinki & New York University)Jewish Identity, Belonging and Social Boundaries in a Progressive Brooklyn Neighbourhood
10:00-10:30 Andreas Benl (Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin)Western Societies, Cultural Relativism, anti-Zionism and the Politics of History Anna Holmlöv Sarri (University of Lund)The story of a Third Generation Survivor
10:30-11:00 Eirik Eiglad (University of Oslo & Telemark University College)The Promise of Anti-Zionism Lars Dencik (University of Roskilde)Perceptions of Antisemitism among Jews in Contemporary Europe


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


Session 17 – Conceptual Approaches III: Critical Theory Session 18 – Historical Case Studies
11:30-12:00 Lars Rensmann (John Cabot University, Rome)The Frankfurt School and Antisemitism Revisited: Toward Contemporary Theorizing of Judeophobia in Global Politics Daniel Rickenbacher (University of Zurich)The Third Position – Ahmed Huber’s Ideology of Antisemitism
12:00-12:30 Christine Achinger (University of Warwick)Towards a critical theory of identity: Approaches to constructions of Jewishness and gender in Adorno, Butler and New Materialism Nikolaus Hagen (University of Innsbruck)Antisemitism and Nazi-Era Western -Austrian Cultural Policy
12:30-13:00 Karin Stögner (University of Vienna & Institute of Conflict Research Vienna)The ideology of nature: Adorno and Horkheimer on antisemitism and sexism Dario Padovan (University of Turin) & Alfredo Alietti (University of Ferrara)Social Sciences and Racism: The Racialization of Sociological Discourse During the Fascist Period in Italy
13:00-13:30 Thomas Ogrisegg (University of Vienna)Rationality and Irrationality of Antisemitism