‘Jews of Colour: Race and Afro-Jewishness’

Tuesday 26th June 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ Birkbeck, University of London, Room B33, Torrington Square (Main Entrance) London WC1E 7HX

This lecture addresses the question of Jews of colour. As some Jews became ‘white’ in the twentieth century, large groups of non-white Jews simply disappeared. Anxieties about the intersections between Jews and race play an important role in sustaining some of the fallacies that mark discussions around Jews of colour. In this lecture, Professor Lewis Gordon explores some unique challenges and dynamics faced specifically by Afro-Jews, in light of the tendency in Euro-modern scholarship to erase the African elements, in what is now known as ‘western’ history and its religions.

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Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, where he holds affiliations in Jewish Studies and Caribbean and Latin American Studies.

He is a political thinker, public intellectual and musician. His recent books include Journeys in Caribbean Thought, co-edited, with Jane Anna Gordon et. al., (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), Geopolitics and Decolonization: Perspectives from the Global South, with Fernanda Frizzo Bragato (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018), and the forthcoming Fear of a Black Consciousness (Penguin).

Recent articles include ‘Rarely Kosher: Studying Jews of Color in North America’, American Jewish History (2016).