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Founded in 1982, the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the TU Berlin is one of the world’s most important institutions of its kind. The core of its work is basic interdisciplinary research on antisemitism in all its various causes, manifestations and effects, past and present. This has always been complemented by other, related themes. Extensive research on, for example, the history of the Holocaust, German-Jewish history, other manifestations of racism and violence or the experiences of minorities in Germany give proof to this conceptual and thematic range. Institutionally, this thematic breadth is reflected in such projects as the Arbeitsstelle für Jugendgewalt und Rechtsextremismus (Task Force on Youth Violence and Right-Wing Extremism), initiated at the ZfA in 1999. The Center has expanded the geographical reach of its work, as well: Originally limited to Germany for the most part, the work of the Center relates increasingly to European and non-European contexts, as seen in the Forschungskollegs zum Antisemitismus in Europa (Research Forum on Antisemitism in Europe). Since 2012, the ZfA has also been part of the international research network International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism (ICRAR), which coordinates joint research initiatives of the participating institutes. Also since that time, the director of the ZfA represents the TU on the board of the Selma Stern Zentrum jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg  (Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg). The ZfA’s research activities also encompass a variety of academic events such as conferences, lectures or regularly scheduled Forschungskolloquium (research colloquium).

 

In addition to research, the ZfA is involved in three other areas of activity: Its staff regularly offers courses as well as training at the TU Berlin. A Master’s Program in “Interdisciplinary Antisemitism Research” was introduced in 2014/15. In addition, the ZfA plays an advisory role in scholarly, educational and political committees, participates in exhibitions, readings and book presentations, and thus generally supports civic education.

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