Professor, St. George Campus
(416) 585-4419 (VC Office)
Office: Northrop Frye Hall 228, Victoria College (Main),
AP 334 (Secondary)
Research Keywords: Islamophobia, especially in East Central and Western Europe; representations of Jews and Muslims in western cultural history; race, nation, and religion
Research Region: Central and Western Europe
Ivan Kalmar’s training is in anthropological linguistics and semiotics, and in his research and teaching he has addressed a wide range of topics ranging from Inuit language and the mythology of the computer, to the image of Muslims and Jews in western Christian cultural history. Currently his research focuses on Islamophobia and populism in Europe, with a focus on differences and relations between the post-socialist members of the European Union and the rest (including between the East and the West in Germany). He is keenly interested in how Islamophobia is generated and spread online. Prof. Kalmar’s co-edited Orientalism and the Jews (University Press of New England, 2005) and published Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power (Routledge, 2012). His articles appear as book chapters and journal articles in publications dealing with the topics of race and religion, Jews and Muslims, language and nationalism, and others. He is currently editing a special journal issue on Islamophobia in the East of the European Union.
2012 Ivan Davidson Kalmar. Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power. London and New York: Routledge.
2005 Ivan Davidson Kalmar and Derek J. Penslar, eds. Orientalism and the Jews. Hannover, NH: University Press of New England.
2003 Ivan Davidson Kalmar. Word, Culture, Image: Notes on Linguistic and Semiotic Anthropology, 2nd. ed., Toronto: Quirk Press.
1994 Ivan Kalmar. The Trotskys, Freuds, and Woody Allens: Portrait of a Culture, Toronto: Penguin.
2017 Ivan Davidson Kalmar. “The Rise and Fall of the Semite: Jews, Arabs, and Muslims in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century,” in Mitchell Hart and Tony Michels, eds., The Cambridge History of Judaism (Cambridge, Engl.: Cambridge University Press). Volume 8: The Modern Period (c. 1815-2000).
2016 Ivan Kalmar and Tariq Ramadan, “Antisemitism and Islamophobia,” Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations, ed. by Yousef Meri. New York and London: Routledge.
2013 Ivan Kalmar, “The Israelite Temple of Florence: The Struggle for a Jewish Space and Style in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe” in Oskar Verkaaik, ed. Religious Architecture: The Anthropological Perspective. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
2013 Ivan Kalmar, “Race By Grace: Race and Religion, the Secular State, and the Construction of ‘Jew’ and ‘Arab,” in Efraim Sicher, Jews Color Race: Rethinking Jewish Identities. London: Berghahn Press, 482-509.
2012 Ivan Kalmar, “Arabizing the Bible: Racial Supersessionism in Nineteenth Century Christian Art and Biblical Criticism” in Ian Netton, ed. Orientalism Revisited. London and New York: Routledge, 176-186.
2011 Ivan Kalmar, “The Turks of Prague: The Mundane and the Sublime” in Burkhard Schnepel and Hanne Schönig, eds., Orient-Orientalistik-Orientalismus: Geschichte und Aktualität einer Debatte, Bielefeld (Germany): transcript Verlag, 265-278.
2005 Ivan Kalmar. “Orientalism and the Jews: An Introduction” in Ivan Davidson Kalmar and Derek J. Penslar, eds., Orientalism and the Jews (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England), xiii-xl.
2005 Ivan Kalmar. “Jesus Did Not Wear a Turban: Orientalism, the Jews, and Christian Art,” in Ivan Davidson Kalmar and Derek J. Penslar, eds., Orientalism and the Jews (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England), 3-31.
2005 Ivan Kalmar. “The Future of `Tribal Man’ in the Electronic Age,” in Gary Genosko, ed., Marshall McLuhan: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory. (New York: Routledge.)
2005 Ivan Kalmar. “I Did Not Know You Were Jewish … and Other Things Not to Say When You Find Out,” in Pam Downe and Lesley Biggs eds., Women’s & Gender Studies Reader. Black Point, NS: Fernwood.
2015 Ivan Kalmar. Early Orientalism and the Jews Baroque Ethnography and Johann Jacob Schudts Jewish Memorabilia. Frankfurt Jewish Studies Bulletin Vol. 40, pp. 63-76.