Paupers and Bankers: Modern Representation of Jews and Modern

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Paupers and Bankers: Modern Representation of Jews and Money
Academic Workshop

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, University of London, in collaboration with the SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies

Date: 9 June 2015
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HX. Council Room, Torrington Square main entrance
Time: 11.00 - 17.30

The workshop's emphasis is on modern writing about Jews, money and economy. It aims to provide a forum for presenting and analysing the most recent critical and theoretical approaches for understanding self-representations of Jewish economic activity in modern Diaspora and the Land of Israel.


Through the workshop we hope to explore, among other topics: the varied textual constructions of the relationship between Jews and modern economics; Jewish writing on economy as a response to European dominant stereotypes on Jews and money, especially the double image of Jews as "conspiring bankers" or "degenerate paupers"; the participation, appropriation and subversion of antisemitic and philosemitic economic discourses by Jewish and early Israeli writers; and capitalist and socialist debates in the Zionist movement. In this vein, the workshop aims to trace the crucial role money and economy played in shaping modern Jewish and Israeli identities.


We are grateful for the financial support of the Israel Institute.

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Birkbeck, University of London, Council Room, Torrington Square main entrance

Torrington Square

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