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18:00 - 19:00 20 January 2011

As Italian as Sophia Loren: Taking stock of Jewishness in race relations law


Main Lecture Theatre | Bentham House (link Map)
4–8 Endsleigh Gardens | London | WC1H 0EG | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Didi Herman, University of Kent, Didi Herman did her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Toronto (1986), and then her LLB at Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in 1989. She then moved to England and studied for her PhD at the University of Warwick. Her PhD was published as 'Rights of Passage: Struggles for Lesbian and Gay Legal Equality' in 1994. This book was followed by 'The Antigay Agenda: Orthodox Vision and the Christian Right' in 1997, and 'Globalising Family Values: The Christian Right in International Politics' (with Doris Buss) in 2003. She has more recently been writing about law and racialisation, including articles in the Journal of Law & Society, Social & Legal Studies, and Child & Family Law Quarterly. Her monograph, An Unfortunate Coincidence: Jews, Jewishness, and English Law will be published by Oxford University Press in January 2011.

This lecture considers Jews and Jewishness in light of UK race relations law and culture. Didi Herman will explore how parliamentarians made use of the abstracted Jewish victim in both sides of the debates on race relations legislation. She will consider the case law, both cases where individual Jewish people claimed to have been discriminated against on the basis of their Jewishness, and cases where there were no Jewish claimants, but nonetheless discussions of Jewishness were present.


Lisa Penfold
+44 (0)20 7679 1514 | lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk


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