conflict & communication online, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2022
ISSN 1618-0747




Uffa Jensen
Dangerously close to a correspondence theory. The IHRA’s problematic attempt to define Antisemitism

The text focusses on the core passage of the IHRA-working definition on antisemitism. In it, it describes a problematic affinity to a correspondence theory of antisemitism. Moreover, the IHRA-definition is shown to depend on a hierarchical relation between (sense) perception, language and violence which does not convince on closer inspection. Hence, the text exposes an understanding of antisemitism which leads to an individualized psychologism that ignores the social and cultural conditions of its emergence.


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The author:
Prof. Dr. Uffa Jensen is a historian at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität in Berlin and its deputy director. His research interests are the history of antisemitism, of German Jewry, of psychoanalysis, of the history of emotions as well as visual history. He has previously worked at the University of Sussex, the Universität Göttingen and the Max Planck Institut for Human Development. His publications include „Gebildete Doppelgänger. Bürgerliche Juden und Protestanten im 19. Jahrhundert“ (Göttingen 2005), „Gefühle gegen Juden. Die Emotionsgeschichte des modernen Antisemitismus (together with Stefanie Schüler-Springorum 2013), „Zornpolitik“ (Berlin 2017), „Wie die Couch nach Kalkutta kam: Eine Globalgeschichte der frühen Psychoanalyse“ (Berlin 2019).