Antisemitism has been deeply rooted in the Central European societies for decades, and various forms and stereotypes of it have been influencing our societal perception towards Jews, and other minorities in our societies. This worlds view is closely related to raising tendencies of radicalisation of societies and authoritarian politics in Central European region.
In the Central European region, manifestations of antisemitism are broadly connected to the general rejection of liberal democracy. This rejection fulfils the task of the exclusion of those elites, intellectuals and public figures who are supporting the concept of “open society”. Antisemitism in various forms (conspiracies, fake news, hoaxes, disinformation) is becoming a construct and a tool that has the potential to lead societal discussion about the future of the country. The feeling of insecurity and uncertainty of the globalisation, identity losing, and postmodernism is displayed in various forms of antisemitic manifestation. These feelings are also translated into distrust and hatred towards public authorities, elites, and political representatives whose ability to represent the views and opinions of individuals is collapsing. Manifestations of antisemitism are filling the gap of those people who are trying to find somebody who is guilty of their misery and their social status. Antisemitism helps those people to better understand the complex world system and globalisation, because it is a simple construction and understandable reality that uncovers the “true motives” of those who are governing. Thus, antisemitism is inextricably linked to the modern social consequences of growing social mobilization and leads more and more isolated groups of people to new, broader, and more interconnected, yet ideologically closed, communication networks. Online sphere is a perfect environment to spread antisemitic manifestation among these isolated groups. We believe that to focus on manifestation of antisemitism in the online sphere is becoming more and more needed, because is generated other offline manifestations of hatred that are hardly manageable.
Current researchers on antisemitism in the Central European region do not focus on its manifestation in the online sphere in its complexity. They even do not focus on various forms and stereotypes that are growing there and are related the phenomenon of antisemitism. And what is the biggest gap in the fight and protection from antisemitism is that neither public authorities and security forces do not have a general manuals or methodologies, nor the knowledge to uncover antisemitic nuances that are silent in the online sphere.
The aim of the online conference is to contribute to the understanding of modern antisemitism in theoretical and practical area in the Central European region. We would like to focus on modern manifestation of antisemitism, on various types of antisemitism, their impacts, and their level of intensiveness in the online environment. All the panels are designed to cover all the crucial areas related to the modern manifestation of antisemitism in the online sphere, as: current manifestation of Antisemitism in Central European region, Antisemitic online hate / violence speech and other online forms of antisemitic manifestation, methodological limit of definition of antisemitism in the online sphere, targetization of antisemitic speech, fight and prevention.