Prizes and Awards

Pete Newbon was a lovely man, a fighter against antisemitism and an academic. He died by suicide, on 15 January 2022. The London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism honours his memory with this award.

This document sets out what Pete did to contribute to the public understanding of antisemitism and why the London Centre has decided to honour him in this way.

This document gives details of the Pete Newbon Award and how to nominate somebody.

We are crowd funding to buy some modest trophies to keep this award going for ten years; and for overhead and admin costs for the prize. Please do donate, in Pete’s memory; and to bring attention to, and to honour and value people doing great work on antisemitism. Please email us to tell us that this donation is ringfenced for this purpose:

The Pete Newbon Award will be judged by a panel of three:
Fiona Sharpe, Spokesperson for Labour Against Antisemitism (LAAS)
Gabriel Milland, Public communications practitioner
John Strawson, Emeritus Professor of Law, Justice and Policing, Royal Docks School of Business and Law

The London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism is proud to announce that it will award an annual book prize for the best book on, or relating significantly to, contemporary antisemitism.

This document gives details of the £1000 LCSCA Book Prize, and how to nominate somebody.

The £1000 LCSCA Book Prize will be judged by a panel of three:

Eve Garrard, Senior Research Fellow, London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism
Siobhan McAndrew, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Sheffield University
Rashad Ali, Resident Senior Fellow, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Unfortunately Eve has had to pull out this year, because of personal circumstances. Eve will be replaced by:

Amos Morris-Reich, Director of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University

Robert Fine Memorial Lecture

This year this will be given by Howard Jacobson at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 22 October 2023

People who had tickets for the LCSCA public launch last September will be able to use those tickets for this event. We will publish more details soon. Luciana Berger is due to speak, Sam Eastmond’s music, written for the launch, will be performed and there will be a panel of authors whose books will be the first in the LCSCA series, published by Routledge, Studies in Contemporary Antisemitism.

Both of these prizes will be awarded annually at the Robert Fine Memorial Lecture.

Robert Fine was a Professor of Sociology at Warwick University for many years. He wrote on Marxism, the anti-apartheid movement, Hegel, Marx and Arendt, social theory and cosmopolitanism; and, with Philip Spencer, on antisemitism. He was a key mentor to some of us and is an inspiration to those of us building the London Centre.

The cover image on this page is detail from this work, by Mina Kupfermann, called ‘Witness’. Standing at nearly three metres tall, from a distance it depicts a catastrophic event; a single eruption of antisemitism through time. Upon closer inspection, hidden in the artwork are hundreds of pieces of antisemitic social media material from many different sources.

Witness painting by Mina Kupfermann

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