New Forms of Antisemitism in Contemporary France
April 11, 2021, Noon, Eastern Time (US and Canada)
This talk will be divided into three sections: The first section will introduce the social and philosophical framework explaining the emergence of what is called “new forms of antisemitism”. Convergence of three movements: post-Marxism, “third world” discourse, theory of “deconstruction” of the western world by the extreme left will be discussed. In this perspective, Israel is regularly presented as a Jewish nationalistic colonial country. The second part of the talk will discuss the transformation of classical antiracism into denunciation of islamophobia, colonialism and presentation of Israel as the last colonial country in the world practicing apartheid. Finally, most lethal attacks against Jews in recent years will be mentioned and justice decisions as to the nature of these anti-Semitic crimes analyzed.
Yana Grinshpun is a senior lecturer in Language Sciences at Sorbonne Nouvelle University. She is also a member of an academic network RRA (Research on Racism and Antisemitism). She directs a research group “New radical discourses”. Grinshpun is particularly interested in discourse and media analysis. Her research over recent years is concentrated on the functioning of the media discourse and its role in the rise of anti-Semitism in France. She also works on different forms of propaganda and manipulation spread by the media within democratic societies.