October 23, 2020 - 10.30 am
October 23, 2020 - 12.00 pm
The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party was responsive to growing disquiet among large sections of the Jewish community. One of the troubling features of the difficult years from 2001 has been the emergence, mushroom-like, and then the mainstreaming, from parts of the left and in the ‘community of the good’, of discourses reflecting ‘some sort of problem with Jews’. The Commission will shortly publish its report. We will analyse that report on its own terms. We will also look at what lies behind it in the deeper historical and contemporary layers of an inhospitable but hegemonic ‘common sense’. We will discuss the thought of several well-respected historical and contemporary figures working in the Humanities today. Their work contributes to a climate of opinion which is shaping what can and cannot be said.
Time: Fridays 10.30am-12pm
Dates: 4, 11, 25 Sept; 2, 16, 23 Oct (6 weeks)
Venue: On Zoom (link will be provided before each session)
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