Speaker: Magda Teter – Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies and Professor of History, Fordham University Chair
Chair: Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Professor Magda Teter, gave a talk about her recent book project which explores the parallels between the history of antisemitism and anti-Black racism. She discussed how these two forms of discrimination have many similarities but have largely been studied separately. She highlighted how Jews and Black people have been seen as inferior by the dominant cultures, as contrast figures, and as visually represented as ugly or dangerous in art. She also discussed how both Jews and Black people have been de-Europeanized and de-Americanized, and how there have been calls for their removal to other countries. She argued that there is a need for more comparative studies of antisemitism and anti-Black racism in order to better understand the connections between them.
I am looking forward to the new book „Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism“ which will be published by Princton University Press in May 2023.