Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism (JCA)

Published bi-annually, beginning fall 2017

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

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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

EDITORS

Lesley Klaff (Sheffield-Hallam University)
Neil Kressel (William Paterson University)
Michael Kreutz (The Berlin Intl. Center for the Study of Antisemitism)

REVIEWS EDITOR

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

EDITORIAL BOARD

Edward Alexander (University of Washington)
Samuel Barnai (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Danny Ben-Moshe (Deakin University)
Alan L. Berger (Florida Atlantic University)
A.J. Caschetta (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Ben Cohen (Senior Editor, The Tower Magazine)
Stephanie Courouble-Share (Inst. for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy)
Leonidas Donskis (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas) (1962–2016)
Yoav Gelber (Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya)
Benno Herzog (University of Valencia)
Alfredo Hidalgo Lavié (The National Distance Education University)
Efraim Karsh (Kings College, UK; Bar-Ilan University)
Dovid Katz (Independent Scholar, Lithuania)
James Kirchick (Tablet Magazine Columnist)
Dimitri Kravvaris (Independent Scholar, Germany/Greece)
Richard Landes (Bar-Ilan University)
Denis MacShane (Former MP, Labour, UK)
Éric Marty (Paris Diderot University (Paris VII))
Fiamma Nirenstein (Interparliamentary Coalition on Combating Antisemitism)
Stephen Norwood (The University of Oklahoma)
Andrei Oișteanu (University of Bucharest)
Rafal Pankowski (Collegium Civitas)
Daniel Pipes (President, The Middle East Forum)
Eunice Pollack (University of North Texas)
Asaf Romirowsky (Fellow, The Middle East Forum)
Gerald Steinberg (Bar-Ilan University)
Shmuel Trigano (University of Paris X-Nanterre)
Laurence Weinbaum (Chief Editor, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs)
Elhanan Yakira (Hebrew University)
Efraim Zuroff (Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center Jerusalem Office)
Jakob Zollmann (Berlin Social Science Center)

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 jca@academicstudiespress.com


Call for Papers: Special Issue "Postcolonialism and Antisemitism" of the Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism (JCA), Issue 2 (Spring 2018)

Deadline for submissions: September 15th 2017

Postcolonialism has been the dernier crie of the humanities and social sciences for many years now. This special issue of JCA wants to analyze mainly two aspects of postcolonial ideology:

1) Postcolonialism and the Shoah: What is the connection between postcolonial thinking and antisemitism in regard of the Shoah? Why, since when and how has it become mainstream to connect the history of racism and colonialism to the history of the Holocaust? Are postcolonial scholars as well as scholars in comparative genocide studies eager – and if so, why - to include the Holocaust in their framework? Does this reject the uniqueness of the Shoah and the unprecedented character of Auschwitz? Is there a tendency, even among scholars in antisemitism, to link racism, colonialism and the Shoah? What are the possible consequences for Holocaust Studies and an institution like Yad Vashem, taken these tendencies in scholarship to frame the Holocaust as “genocide among others”?

2) What is the connection between postcolonial ideology and anti-Zionism? The superstar of postcolonialism is Edward Said. His study “Orientalism” (1978) culminated in an attack on the Jewish state. How has scholarship – in Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Political Science, Islamic Studies, Holocaust Studies, Comparative Genocide Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Jewish Studies and related fields – dealt with Said, his legacy and the connection to antisemitism and postcolonialism? How is Said linked to other leading postcolonial celebrities, Homi K. Bhabha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, as well as to W.E.B. Du Bois and other important thinkers of postcolonialism avant la lettre, including Fanon, Aimé Césaire and others? What is the connection (like in Islamic and Middle East Studies) of postcolonialism and the reluctance to deal with antisemitism, including Islamism?

The Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism (JCA) invites scholars from all relevant disciplines to send us their contributions – original articles for peer-review, as well as reviews, speeches or other documents - by September 15th 2017. JCA, Issue 2 will be published in spring 2018.



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