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Chinese Philosemitism and Historical Statecraft: Accosting Judaism into Contemporary Chinese Civilization

Date & time

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Speaker(s)

Mary J. Ainslie

Cost

This event is free

Organization

Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies

Contact

Csaba Nikolenyi

Where

R Annex
2050 Mackay Room 103

Wheelchair accessible

No

The Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, in association with the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, is pleased to announce a public lecture by Professor Mary Jane Ainslie (University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China).

This lecture examines the phenomenon of philosemitism in contemporary China.

While positive stereotypes of Israel and Judaism have been recognized in China since the establishment of China/Israel diplomatic relations in 1992, such discourses are now part of a rapidly changing post-2010 context of a growing China/Israel economic relationship and the repositioning of China globally by the Communist Party of China (CPC).

In a context of growing Chinese global influence, philosemitic stereotypes of Judaism and Israel function to deploy Chinese-Jewish history as a means to construct and position Chinese-ness as globally central and superior in keeping with the historical statecraft of the CPC in recent years.

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