Ivan Kalmar

Ivan Kalmar

Ivan Kalmar
Professor, St. George Campus

(416) 585-4419
Office: Northrop Frye Hall 228 (Main), AP 334

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

Website: http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/kalmar

Research Bio

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.

Book Chapters
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.

Graduate Students

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