Published on Dec 11, 2017
NYU Florence KATHARINA VON SCHNURBEIN, European Commission Coordinator on Combatting Antisemitism JAMES RENTON, Edge Hill University MARCELLA SIMONI, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Moderator Are today’s Muslims the new ‘Jews of Europe’? Is Islamophobia the same as, or an aspect of, Antisemitism? Controversy over this question has raged over the last decade or so. From a historical point of view, is there a dynamic relationship between Antisemitism and Islamophobia and, if so, how has it evolved over time and space? Religion, empire, nation-building, and war, all played their part in the complex evolution of this relationship. How has Europe’s perception changed from when Jews and Arabs were both considered Semites, to today when they are thought to be on two different sides of the ‘War on Terror’? Historian James Renton and the EU Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism, Katharina von Schnurbein, will debate the relationship between the two racisms and Europe’s response to it.