April, 2023

202305Apr14:3015:20Online and offline vandalism of the Jewish cultural heritage in Greece: does populism affect antisemitism?14:30 - 15:20

Event Details

In-person and online lecture

By Ioannis Stylianidis
PhD candidate, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies
2022 Research Fellow at The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism & Policy

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2023 | 14:30-15:20 (student activity hour)

Where: 6th level auditorium, Deree-ACG (in-person attendance)
Online attendance (via Zoom) here

Organized by
Department of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World, Deree – The American College of Greece
in collaboration with
ISGAP – Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy

The event is free and open to the public.


About the lecture

This lecture seeks to present how the Jewish cultural heritage is vandalized in Greece during the timeframe of populism (2015-2018). During this period places of Jewish cultural heritage in Greece are vandalized. The spectacle of vandalism in the sphere of media is considered paramount of importance for the political aesthetic, as acts of vandalism against the Jewish cultural heritage can be considered as a crystal-clear antisemitism. The timeframe of populism thrives urbanization in the public sphere. As a result, people are more susceptible to mass mobilization, protest and acts of violence in urban spaces. However, it is not only the urban (offline) environment which is affected but also the sphere of media, as an online space. According to the definition of media violence, the effects of urban violence and its coverage extend beyond the individual viewer, especially when polarization and division, as a result of populism, are dominant factors in society. As a result, the effects of this reality are reflected in the audience, and likely to make people more aggressive, as media often acts as a window on to that reality.

Based on the above, this lecture seeks to discuss examples of online and offline antisemitic acts during the period of 2015-2018, and how the ”timeframe” of populism affects antisemitism.

About the speaker

Ioannis Stylianidis

Ioannis Stylianidis is pursuing a PhD at the Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies and the University of Heidelberg. His doctoral theme deals with the representation of Jews in the Greek press by focusing on the study of anti-Semitism from a global and transcultural perspective. Ioannis holds two Master’s degrees in the fields of Theology and Culture (Thessaloniki) and Jewish Civilization (Heidelberg). He has also studied Middle East Anthropology and Central Asia Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and Modern Hebrew at the University of Haifa. Learn more about the speaker here


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