Antisemitism in contemporary Mexico, a Latin American Country Built on a Mestizo Identity

Antisemitism in contemporary Mexico, a Latin American Country Built on a Mestizo Identity

Sociology and the Americas Research Group welcome Dr Olivia Gall of the National Autonomous University of Mexico for the next talk in our sociology seminar series. The seminar takes place on Wednesday 30 October from 4 to 5.30 pm in Daysh 2.27.

Dr Gall’s paper aims to explore Mexican anti-Semitism through contemporary and past history. In the Mexican case, this paper’s analysis of the subject is placed in the context of the country’s specific exposure to the state’s Mestizophile ideology and its long lasting refusal to acknowledge racism. Late Nineteenth-century and Twentieth-century anti-Semitism in Mexico has been connected with a cultural logic that is not necessarily determined by class differences. It manifested itself when Jewish immigration was non-existent (1890-1910). It accompanied the Mexican state’s very narrow migratory policies vis-à-vis many different kinds of refugees, Jews included, that were trying to escape countries with economic or political problems, especially Nazism. Between the twenties and the seventies it took mainly the shape of extreme right nationalism. And, finally, in recent times it has been present in the discourse of some of the left-wing anti-Zionist voices that have a strong influence on young activists .

Following the talk, everyone is warmly welcomed to drinks in the GPS common room on the fifth floor of Claremont Bridge.

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