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Posted on May 1, 2018 in Home

Labour’s far left must tame itself to root out antisemitism in The Guardian, 23 April 2018 Sorry, British Non-Jews: You Don’t Get To Decide Who The Good Jews Are in The Forward, 3 April 2018 Factsheet on Branches of Judaism for Religion Media Centre, 2 …

New articles

Posted on September 12, 2011 in Default

Contributor to: 9/11, ten years on: reflections in Open Democracy 7 September 2011 The Dinner Party Revolution in Open Democracy 6 September 2011 Deserving an Audience in Souciant 6 September 2011

New podcast interview

Posted on August 26, 2011 in Default

August 16 2011 co-hosting and interview on The Governor’s Ball podcast

New articles

Posted on July 6, 2011 in Default

I’ve had a number of new articles published recently: People Power Needs People in The Jewish Chronicle, 4 July 2011 Let’s Broaden the Definition in Times Higher Education, 23 June 2011 Naming the Movement in Open Democracy, 22 June 2011 How to Hate Et …

Naming the movement

Posted on July 6, 2011 in Default

I had a piece published on Open Democracy that outlined a kind of manifesto and has sparked a fair amount of discussion: Naming the Movement

New (ish) stuff

Posted on June 13, 2011 in Default

In the last couple of months I have had a number of pieces published, including: Why we are all worth a mix of self-love and self-hate in The Guardian, 11 June 2011 United States of Invisibility: Unseeing Israel/Palestine in Souciant, 8 June 2011 A War …

Podcast appearances

Posted on April 12, 2011 in Default

I appear on two recent podcasts: The March 27 2011 edition of  Cartoon Kippah The recording of the ‘Turbulent Times’ session at Jewish Book Week 6 March 2011 Podcast available here

Various new articles

Posted on April 12, 2011 in Default

I’ve had a few articles and contributions to join articles published in the last few weeks: The Arab Spring: Protest, Power, Prospect in Open Democracy, 11 April 2011 Botswana’s Cowboy Metalheads in Vice (online edition), 31 March 2011 What Could New P …

New essay – ‘On Engagement’

Posted on March 11, 2011 in Default

On Engagement in New Public Thinking 25 February 2011

My first review for the Times Literary Supplement

Posted on February 26, 2011 in Default

‘The Rebbe’ by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman in The Times Literary Supplement, 25 February 2011

New article on Guardian Comment Is Free – When antisemitism goes hand in hand with philosemitism

Posted on February 19, 2011 in Default

When antisemitism goes hand in hand with philosemitism in Guardian Comment Is Free 16 February 2011

Article on Debbie Friedman

Posted on January 22, 2011 in Default

Debbie Friedman and the value of religious popular music in Guardian Comment Is Free 17 January 2011

Session at Limmud 2010 – video now online

Posted on January 6, 2011 in Default

A session that I organised and facilitated at Limmud, ‘How should we talk to each other about Israel? David Newman and Gerald Steinberg in dialogue’, can now be viewed online here

Comment Is Free article on Limmud

Posted on January 6, 2011 in Default

Limmud: a great Jewish alternative to Christmas in Guardian Comment Is Free 29 December 2010

New contribution to Open Democracy

Posted on January 6, 2011 in Default

The 2011 outlook – ideas and agents In Open Democracy 3 January 2011

Dialogue project announcement and Jewish Chronicle article

Posted on December 23, 2010 in Default

As part of the project New Jewish Thought, my wife Deborah and I have been hosting and facilitating a series of confidential dinner parties to promote greater civility in the Anglo-Jewish community particularly in reference to public debate about Israe …

2 reviews of ‘Turbulent Times’

Posted on December 11, 2010 in Default

Review in the Jewish Quarterly by Tony Lerman, Winter 2010/2011 [download a scan here] Review in the Jewish Chronicle by Miri Freud-Kandel, December 1 2010

Reach out to those without faith, too

Posted on October 25, 2010 in Default

Reach out to those without faith, too In Guardian Comment Is Free 15 October 2010

Review of ‘Black Sabbath and the Rise of Heavy Metal Music’ by Andrew Cope

Posted on October 1, 2010 in Default

‘Black Sabbath and the Rise of Heavy Metal Music’ by Andrew Cope In Popular Musicology Online, 3 September 2010

Re-Imagining the University (Again, but this Time Differently)

Posted on October 1, 2010 in Default

‘Re-Imagining the University (Again, but this Time Differently)’ On the website of The Society for Curious Thought, September 2010

Open Democracy article with Joel Schalit

Posted on August 24, 2010 in Default

‘In Search of an Israeli Left’ in Open Democracy 22 August 2010

Jewish Chronicle interview

Posted on August 4, 2010 in Default

The Jewish Chronicle has a full-page interview with myself and Ben Gidley, talking about our book ‘Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today’.

My new book: ‘Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today’ (co-authored with Ben Gidley)

Posted on July 19, 2010 in Default

I’m really pleased to announce that my book (co-authored with Ben Gidley) ‘Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today’ will be published this week by Continuum. The first book-length study of contemporary British Jewry , Turbulent Times: The B …

New review

Posted on July 7, 2010 in Default

‘Another Way, Another Time: Religious Inclusivism and the Sacks Rabbinate’ by Meir Persoff in the Jewish Quarterly 215 Summer 2010

New article

Posted on July 7, 2010 in Default

Why is Turkey Only Now the Villain of the Piece? In The Jewish Chronicle (Northern and Web editions) 1 July 2010

New book review online

Posted on June 18, 2010 in Default

‘Practising Public Scholarship: Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy’ Edited by Katharyne Mitchell in The Sociological Imagination 1 June 2010

New articles: on Israeli post-democracy and on Melanie Phillips

Posted on June 18, 2010 in Default

What Drove Melanie Phillips to the Right? In Guardian Comment Is Free 18 June 2010 (With Joel Schalit) Israeli Post-Democracy: Origins and Prospects In Open Democracy 10 June 2010

New article on denial

Posted on May 17, 2010 in Default

‘Unreasonable Doubt’ In New Humanist May/June 2010. A scan of the article can be downloaded here.

Times Higher Education article on the problems with academic publishing

Posted on May 10, 2010 in Default

‘It’s time to put the point back into the pen of scholarly writing’ In Times Higher Education 6 May 2010

My Comment Is Free article on ‘red state Britain’

Posted on April 8, 2010 in Default

‘Tea Party Spirit Firing Red State Britain’ in Guardian Comment Is Free 4 April 2010

Comment Is Free article

Posted on March 27, 2010 in Default

‘JNews: A Potential Voice for Peace’ in Guardian Comment Is Free 20 March 2010

My idea posted on Jewish Chronicle blog

Posted on March 12, 2010 in Default

My idea ‘Share our synagogues and community centres with other religions’ was published on Miriam Shaviv’s Jewish Chronicle blog in the series on proposals to transform the British Jewish community.

My Ignite London presentation

Posted on March 12, 2010 in Default

My presentation ‘My dream came true and I’m still not satisfied: the journey of a metal jew’, that I presented at Pecha Kuch London and Ignite London in March 2010, can now be viewed here.

Review of Anthony Julius’s ‘Trials of the Diaspora’

Posted on March 6, 2010 in Default

My review of ‘Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England’ By Anthony Julius’ has been published as: ‘‘Perfidious Albion’: How Britain treats its Jews’   in The Forward 12 March 2010

New Comment Is Free article on antisemitism

Posted on February 25, 2010 in Default

I have a new article called ‘The Legacy of Antisemitism’ in Guardian Comment Is Free

New essay on British Jewish politics

Posted on February 20, 2010 in Default

I have an essay in the new publication ‘New Conceptions of Community’ published by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, entitled ‘What is British Jewish politics’. Not yet available online.

New article on Israeli heavy metal

Posted on February 5, 2010 in Default

I had a new article published, featuring an interview with Israeli heavy metal Orphaned Land: ‘A Tango Between God and Satan: Heavy Metal With a Hippy Peace Message for the Middle East’  in The Forward 27 January 2010

Journal article on Jewish rap

Posted on January 27, 2010 in Default

I had an article on Jewish rap published in an Austrian journal (in English): ‘Creating Jewish Rap: From Parody to Syncretism’ in transversal – Zeitschrift für Jüdische Studien 1 2009 21-38

Article translated into Hungarian

Posted on January 7, 2010 in Default

My 2004 article ‘Unspectacular Subculture?: Transgression and Mundanity in the Global Extreme Metal Scene’ (in A. Bennett and K. Kahn-Harris (eds) After Subculture: Critical Studies in Subcultural Theory and Research, Palgrave, 2004 pp 107-118) has jus …

New Jewish Chronicle article

Posted on January 1, 2010 in Default

I had an opinion piece published in the 31 December 2009 Jewish Chronicle: ‘We all have views on Israel so let’s hear them: Instead of striving for a united front, we should acknowledge our differences’

Postgrad film interview

Posted on December 31, 2009 in Default

A few weeks ago someone emailed me asking to interview me for a postgrad film project. I erased the email by mistake – if the person concerned reads this, please get in touch.

Two new essay reviews

Posted on December 19, 2009 in Default

I’ve had two essay reviews published this week: ‘The Fascination of Israel: Three Left-of-Center Writers Offer Critiques of a Western Obsession’ in The Forward 16 December 2009 ‘An Offensive Culture: Review of Brian Klug’s ‘Offense: The Jewish Case’ in …

My books of the decade

Posted on December 18, 2009 in Default

The book blog Podularity asked me for my top three books of the decade.

New Comment Is Free articles

Posted on December 18, 2009 in Default

In the last week I have had two articles published on Comment Is Free: Civilizing the debate A bitter exchange of emails between academics at Ben Gurion University highlights the need for calmer way to talk about Israel Bring back rejection letters Fac …

Selected writings

Posted on December 8, 2009 in Default

You can now download a collection of my selected journalism, reviews, essays and music criticism here.

What happened to the ‘Metal Studies’ page?

Posted on November 17, 2009 in Default

Those who visited my old website will notice that I have not include my ‘Metal Studies’ bibliography on the new site. The bibliography is due to be transferred and hosted by Brian Hickam within the next few weeks/months. In the meantime, please contact …