Colonialism, Orientalism and the Jews: The Role of Gender and Postcolonial Studies Approaches

International workshop IV of the ReNGOO Research Network Gender in Antisemitism, Orientalism and Occidentalism
June 24th-26th 2015
University of Antwerp, Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat 13b, 2000 Antwerpen


  • Christine Achinger (University of Warwick)
  • Ulrike Brunotte (Maastricht University)
  • Vivian Liska (University of Antwerp, Institute of Jewish Studies)
  • Christina Späti (Université de Fribourg)
  • Axel Stähler (University of Kent)

The workshop will explore the possibility of applying perspectives developed in the context of Gender and Postcolonial Studies to Jewish Cultural Studies and Studies in Antisemitism with a special emphasis on the orientalization of Jews and Jewish self-orientalization.

In this workshop we wish to offer the framework for a discussion of ways in which recently developed theoretical and methodological approaches, primarily in Postcolonial Studies and in its historically entangled relation to the Study of Antisemitism, may be made productive for an investigation of “Colonialism, Orientalism and the Jews.” Special attention will be given to the ways in which Jewish self-orientalization challenges suggestions by Edward Said and others that orientalism is nothing more than a patronizing attitude and a “strange, secret sharer” of Western Antisemitism.

This workshop was made possible thanks to financial contributions of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Maastricht University, the University of Antwerp (Institute of Jewish Studies), the University of Kent, the University of Fribourg, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Philipps-University Marburg / Research Network Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance, and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa.


Mailing address: IJS
University of Antwerp
Prinsstraat 13 L.400
2000 Antwerp