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Cultures of Hate and Oppression. Connecting the Conversations about Antisemitism, Holocaust, Gender, Colonialism


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What is the relationship between four distinct, but overlapping, areas of study: antisemitism, the Holocaust, colonialism and gender? Each of these terms is a lens through which we examine prejudice, discrimination, race and hate in their historical and contemporary manifestations. At the same time, they mark out historical experiences which are generally discussed in parallel and sometimes antagonistic ways: with antisemitism and the Holocaust studied separately from forms of racism rooted in colonial legacies, and all three detached, too often, from considerations of gender. These disconnections are reflected today not only in scholarly writing but also in political argument: for example in relation to conflict in Israel/Palestine and in battles over public memorialisation.

In this critical new short course, Antisemitism, Holocaust, Colonialism, Gender: Connecting the Conversation, we explore approaches aiming to reframe and connect discussion of antisemitism, the Holocaust, colonialism and gender. We will examine:

  • the historical relationship between antisemitism, Zionism and colonialism in the twentieth century and between the Holocaust, genocide and the Nakba
  • work undertaken in the fields of memory studies, hate studies and gender studies
  • gender as the object of hate and its connection with illiberal politics in contemporary Europe.

This short course will be of interest to teachers, researchers and anyone interested in understanding the history and contemporary politics of hate, antisemitism, Israel/Palestine and the connections of all three to gender.

Assessment is via a 5000-word essay. There is also at least a 60% attendance requirement.

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    This is a postgraduate-level short course. In order to fully engage with the class, you should have previous knowledge of the subject, for example, by having successfully completed an intermediate class at Level 5/6 (such as an undergraduate degree) or by having professional experience or prior engagement with some of the areas covered.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.