STARTING IN AN HOUR: Post-Soviet Antisemitism: Roots, Content and Contemporary Implications

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“Post-Soviet Antisemitism: Roots, Content
and Contemporary Implications”

Taught by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Khanin, ISGAP Research Fellow, Associate Professor, Bar-Ilan University; Andrey Kazantsev-Vaisman, PSCR Program, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University.
“Can antisemitism, including one of its most widespread stereotypes—the accusation of double loyalty (i.e., disloyalty to the country of residence)—no longer be considered a factor in post-Soviet Jewish life? Or, as recent developments, including the first Jewish pogrom in Russia after the USSR’s fall in October 2023, have shown, does it prove that the personal and communal security of Jewish life in Russia and some other USSR successor states is again in danger? The course will attempt to address these, as well as other related issues.”

Session 1: Antisemitism, Tolerance and Historical Memory in the Post-Soviet Space: An Overview, Ze’ev Khanin
The long economic crisis and social and political instability can poorly affect the tolerant (after the Soviet state antisemitism has faded into the past) attitude of the authorities and societies of the post-Soviet countries towards the Jewish minority.

Will be held on Tuesday, 28 November 2023 at 12:00 PM EST | 5:00 PM GMT | 7:00 PM IST

Session 2: Antisemitism as a Tool of Post-Soviet War, Ze’ev Khanin
The new round of the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict and the war in Ukraine both exhibit noticeable anti-Jewish aspects.

Will be held on Tuesday, 5 December 2023 at 12:00 PM EST | 5:00 PM GMT | 7:00 PM IST

Session 3: Antisemitism in Post-Soviet countries: Focus on Islamic Regions and South Caucasus, Andrey Kazantsev-Vaisman
In Turkic countries, remnants of Soviet-era Antisemitism coexist with anti-Semitic stereotypes characteristic of Islamic world. Within the representatives of local elites, vestiges of Soviet-style global conspiracy theories can still be observed

Will be held on Tuesday, 12 December 2023 at 12:00 PM EST | 5:00 PM GMT | 7:00 PM IST

Session 4: Is Russia Shifting Towards State-Sanctioned Antisemitism?, Andrey Kazantsev-Vaisman
Currently, a matter of significant practical importance is whether post-Soviet Russia, under Putin’s leadership and following a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, is moving towards the establishment of a new state-sponsored Antisemitism.

Will be held on Tuesday, 19 December 2023 at 12:00 PM EST | 5:00 PM GMT | 7:00 PM IST

Classes will be held virtually on Zoom. Recordings will be made available to registered participants who are not able to attend live sessions. Tuition fees of $100 USD apply. Limited student scholarships are available. To apply, please contact