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Dr Lars Fischer

Teaching Fellow

Grounded in a strong interest in historiographical issues and intellectual history, Dr Fischer’s research focuses predominantly on the history of antisemitism and Jewish/non-Jewish relations in the later modern German context. Since fully-fledged ideological antisemitism would stand little chance of exerting any sort of influence beyond the lunatic fringe if it depended merely on the ingenuity and stamina of the self-avowed antisemites or those whose attitudes towards Jews are self-evidently pathological, Lars is primarily interested in its ability to draw, to varying degrees, on a prevalence of rather more low-key susceptibilities to anti-Jewish stereotyping among those who mean well and whose stance vis-à-vis social conventions and prejudices is generally critical. Lars focuses predominantly on the (problematic) attitudes towards Jews held not by ‘nasty’ but by ‘nice’ people. He is also interested, inter alia, in all things to do with Gertrud Mayer-Jaspers and her family, as well as Margarete Susman and Robert Oboussier.

Lars was educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College (University of London) and UCL. Before returning to UCL, he was the Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations in Cambridge. Lars previously held lectureships in Modern European History at King’s College London and German History at UCL. He is also an Honorary Research Associate of the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL. Lars currently serves on the Council of the Royal Historical Society and was Secretary of the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) from 2010 to 2012. 

Lars edits the website of the Critical Theories of Antisemitism network

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

2003  PhD  UCL 
2000  BA  Queen Mary & Westfield College 

Fellow of The Royal Historical Society 

Courses taught

HIST7356 Race and the Sciences: Modern Ideologies of Human Difference

HIST7460 Music and the Historian

Major Publications

IRIS Researcher Profile 

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