International Conference, 18-21 February 2003

on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of SICSA

Antisemitism and Prejudice in the Contemporary Media

A major international conference will be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 18-21 February 2003, called by the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism--to deal with the challenges posed by the wave of antisemitism that has affected Jewish communities around the world and in Israel itself. The conference will examine the causes and deeper roots of the current wave of anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism and antisemitism, with a particular focus on the impact of globalization.   The participants will attempt to demarcate the role of the media in the evolution of modern antisemitism and prejudice against other minorities. They will place the media within the historical contexts of Europe and the Middle East and trace manifestations in the modern media of older forms of antisemitism.  

We are inviting some of the foremost scholars in the field of antisemitism as well as prominent journalists and media people to provide their insights into the renewed virulence of antisemitism at the turn of the twenty-first century and the multiple forms it is currently taking in different media outlets and forms of discourse. While antisemitic images and other hate messages may remain consistent over multiple generations, the rapid pace of technological progress furnishes new tools for antisemites and racists. As a result, the media revolution poses serious challenges for the Jewish and other minority communities. We hope that out of the debates on the reasons for the new wave of antisemitism a new strategy for combating it may emerge.

The initial preparations for this conference have been made by the outgoing chairperson of SICSA, Prof. Dalia Ofer. As of October 1, 2002, the new chairman of the Center, Prof. Robert Wistrich, is responsible for all further arrangements regarding the conference.

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