New Course Debuted: “Jews will not replace us!” Global Antisemitism from its Origins to the Present

Graffiti in Cartagena, Spain: “Corona Lie”
Graffiti in Cartagena, Spain: “Corona Lie”

In spring semester 2021, CJS faculty member Alejandro Baer, who also directs the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, debuted a new course in our curriculum, “‘Jews will not replace us!’ Global Antisemitism from its Origins to the Present.” The course explores the history and cultural logic of antisemitism, and its relation to other forms of exclusion tied to race, religion, and citizenship in modern times. Starting with the history of Jewish emancipation in Europe and the subsequent debates about the “Jewish Question,” students work with primary documents to identify the key features of political and racial antisemitism and engage with the explanations of anti-Jewish prejudice and violence from multiple disciplinary angles. The course examines the differences and continuities between older theological forms of anti-Judaism and modern antisemitism, the connections between antisemitism, nativism, and xenophobia in the US and globally, and current debates regarding a correlation between anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

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