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Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Tottenham Hotspur and the Y-Word: The Contested Meanings of (Anti-)Antisemitism in Football

December 5, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In the late 1970s, Tottenham fans started to call themselves “Yid Army” – in response to antisemitic chants by rival supporters.

In February 2022, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club launched its “The WhY Word” campaign, which is calling on the fans to discontinue using the term “Yid.” Based on the analysis of numerous primary sources, interviews, and on-site research, this presentation seeks to understand the various perspectives on and the contested meanings of the term in the context of Tottenham Hotspur FC and the local fan culture.

About the speaker:

Pavel Brunssen is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. His dissertation is entitled The Making of “Jew Clubs”: Performing (Anti-)Jewishness in the Soccer Stadium and the Strange Case of “Jewish” Self-Association by Non-Jewish Soccer Fans in Europe.

Pavel is the author of Antisemitismus in Fußball-Fankulturen: Der Fall RB Leipzig (2021, Beltz Juventa) and the co-editor of Football and Discrimination: Antisemitism and Beyond (2021, Routledge).

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4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.

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December 5, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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