Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism (JCA)

Published bi-annually, beginning fall 2017

ISSN 2472-9914 (Print) / ISSN 2472-9906 (Online)


Clemens Heni (Director, The Berlin Intl. Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA))

Rusi Jaspal (De Montfort University, UK)
Lesley Klaff (Sheffield-Hallam University, UK)
Neil Kressel (William Paterson University, US)
Michael Kreutz (The Berlin Intl. Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA))

Ron Jontof-Hutter (The Berlin Intl. Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA))


Termed a “lethal obsession” and the “longest hatred” by historian Robert S. Wistrich (1945–2015), antisemitism is both genocidal and very malleable. In Europe, Jew-hatred developed, prospered, and eventually culminated in the unprecedented crimes of the Holocaust. Today, antisemitism appears mostly in three different forms: 1) “traditional” antisemitism, including anti-Judaism, blood libels, and conspiracy myths, among other tropes; 2) Holocaust denial or distortion, which has a particular meaning in Eastern Europe; and 3) hatred of Israel or anti-Zionist antisemitism. These current manifestations of antisemitism motivate attacks and murderous events. Aggressive rallies, often tied to events in the Middle East, are increasingly common and often characterized by rampant antisemitic sentiments, many of which emanate from Islamists, but also from the far right and the far left. Increasingly, antisemitism is becoming part of the mainstream and cultural elites, too. Cosmopolitanism, universalism, or post-nationalism, very important factors in European political culture, have a more ambivalent connotation when it comes to the Jewish state of Israel. Recent scholarship has even analyzed antisemitism deriving from parts of anti-racist communities.

The Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism, which is among the very few journals exclusively dedicated to the analysis of antisemitism, will cover all forms of antisemitism found in our contemporary world. Our interest is on the post-Holocaust era. However, submissions can include empirical studies dealing with 19th or early 20th century examples, if they are connected to today’s antisemitism. Our focus, though, shall be 21st century forms of antisemitism, from Islamist antisemitism in Europe, the West, or the Arab and Muslim worlds, to Holocaust distortion in post-colonial or East European scholarship and activism, to conspiracy driven, or ‘old-style’ Christian and secular characteristics of antisemitism.

We invite scholars from all relevant disciplines across the social sciences and humanities to send us their original research articles. Overseen by an international team of editors, this rigorously peer-reviewed journal hopes to become a forum where scholars from diverse political and intellectual backgrounds can analyze, debate, and formulate effective responses to the ever-evolving and insidious threat of Jew-hatred.

All inquiries may be directed to

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2016



Edward Alexander (University of Washington, US)
Samuel Barnai (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Alan L. Berger (Florida Atlantic University, US)
Danny Ben-Moshe (Deakin University, Australia)
A.J. Caschetta (Rochester Institute of Technology, US)
Stephanie Courouble-Share (Independent historian, Israel)
Leonidas Donskis (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania) (1962–2016)
Yoav Gelber (Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel)
Benno Herzog (University of Valencia, Spain)
Alfredo Hidalgo Lavié (The National Distance Education University, Spain)
Dovid Katz (Independent Scholar, Lithuania)
James Kirchick (Tablet Magazine, US)
Dimitri Kravvaris (Independent Scholar, Germany, Greece)
Denis MacShane (former MP, Labour, UK)
Kenneth L. Marcus (President, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, US)
Éric Marty, Paris Diderot University (Paris VII), France
Fiamma Nirenstein (Interparliamentary Coalition on Combating Antisemitism (ICCA), Italy)
Andrei Oișteanu (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Rafal Pankowski (Collegium Civitas, Poland)
Robert Rozett (Yad Vashem, Israel)
Shmuel Trigano, (University of Paris X-Nanterre, France)
Laurence Weinbaum (The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs)
Jakob Zollmann (Berlin Social Science Center, Germany)

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