Keith Kahn Harris

professionally curious, communally engaged



[See also additional article for JewThink]

Metal and Reflexive Anti-Reflexivity, in International Society for Metal Music Studies blog, 17 April 2021

Shtisel—the unlikely TV hit about orthodox Jews, in Prospect, 16 April 2021

Booker’s Dozen @ Keith Kahn-Harris, in The Pensive Quill, 7 April 2021

Defining antisemitism – again, and again… in JewThink, March 25 2021

French translation of the above available here

Into the flatlands with Professor David Miller, in JewThink, February 22, 2021

The Raw And The Half-Baked: Sepultura’s Roots At 25, in The Quietus, 15 February 2021

Is antisemitism a progressive blindspot? in Prospect, 4 February 2021

Tongues and Borders Are Immutable in Norient, 4 December 2020

An end to Labour’s antisemitism controversy seems as far away as ever, in The Guardian, 29 October 2020

Breaking the Law: Confess, by Rob Halford in The Battleground, 26 October 2020

Hope in Extremity, in The Quietus, 20 October 2020

Ready to eat, in Imperica magazine issue 6, July 2020 [pdf here]

Smoke your way to hopelessness, in Sick magazine issue 2, 2020 [pdf here]

Beyond Sound and Vision in RSA Journal, Issue 2, 20220 [pdf here]

YouTube Reveries , part of the ‘Letters from Lockdown’ series in Tortoise, 2 June 2020 (audio and transcript available)

Annexation Means AIPAC Can Pack Up and Go Home in Haaretz, 21 May 2020

A generational divide in British Jewry?, in Jewish News, 14 May 2020

In spite of populist Brexiteer promises, science and the state still rule in Britain, in Little Atoms, 6 May 2020

The sweet smell of spiritual sanctuary, in The Tablet, 1 May 2020

All you need is hate: the dangerous pleasures of extremism, in Prospect, 2 April 2020

Jewish community has gone virtual. But it’s my neighbors I’m discovering and leaning on, in The Forward, 1 April 2020

After the pandemic: how will the right fight back?, in Open Democracy, 16 March 2020

If everyone was a little bit shameless, it might deflate the ‘anti-woke’ right in the Guardian, 2 March 2020

Labour’s antisemitism crisis is unsolvable without some wary pragmatism in the Guardian, 28 January 2020

Contribution to: The Battle to Frame the Defeat: Four responses to the UK’s general election, in Dissent, 24 December 2019

Lessons for the US from the UK Labour Party antisemitism crisis , Medium blog post, 20 December 2019

Young Jews are reviving the Jewish left – will they succeed? in Vashti, 9 December 2019

British Jews’ fears have become a political issue – but they must be taken seriously, in The Guardian, 26 November 2019

Climate Emergency: A New Immigration Approach, in Prospect, October 2019

The fear of being a “bad Jew”: a response to David Graeber in Open Democracy, 10 September 2019 [Responding to this article]

The BBC’s Panorama set out claims of antisemitism in the Labour party. Our panel responds in The Guardian, 11 July 2019

John Cusack Is What Happens When Anti-Semitism Becomes Convenient  in The Forward, 18 June, 2019

Don’t Fall For Selective Anti-Semites Just Because You’re Their ‘Good’ Jew in The Forward, 11 June, 2019

A dull sort of ache in Boundless, 11 June, 2019

If you are the ‘right kind of Jew’, you’re empowering racists in The Jewish Chronicle, 7 June, 2019

How a radical new form of anti-racism can save Labour in The Guardian, May 29, 2019

Removing certain kinds of Jews from anti-racist protection is wrong in Fathom Journal, May 2019

Accusing Minorities Of Anti-Semitism Will Always Lead To Racism in The Forward, 15 April 2019

No-Deal Brexit: The New WWII, 13 February 2019

It’s striking how little we discuss Brexit’s impact on British Jews in the Jewish Chronicle, 12 January 2019

What’s worse than rejection? in Boundless, December 2018

‘White supremacy’ is really white degeneracy in The Guardian, 28 November 2018

On watching my children listening to music while doing their homework, in Riffs Journal, November 2018

Contribution to symposium ‘British Jews and Israel – how is the relationship evolving?’ in Fathom, November 2018

After Labour’s antisemitism U-turn, Jewish people should stick with the party in The Guardian, 4 September 2018

Denialism: What drives people to reject the truth, Guardian Long Read, 3 August 2018

What Happened When Jeremy Corbyn’s Office Reached Out To Me To Talk About Antisemitism, in the Jewish Quarterly (website), 29 July 2018 

Contribution to panel: How should antisemitism be defined? in The Guardian, 27 July 2018

Does Muslim immigration into Europe pose a threat to Jewish communities? in the Jewish Chronicle, 19 July 2018

Without trust, Labour’s new antisemitism code is bound to fail, in The Guardian, 10 July 2018

Between the Rock and a hard place: Gibraltar’s Brexit limbo in the New Statesman, 11 June 2018

We need to live with our differences on Israel, in the Jewish Chronicle, 31 May 2018

To ask Corbyn to support Israel is an impossible demand, in The Guardian, 1 June 2018

Searching for the real Jews in Boundless, 8 May 2018

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, 23 April 2018

Orphaned Land: the Israeli heavy metal band with fans across the Middle East in New Statesman, 5 March 2018

Listening to the devil’s sounds in Boundless, December 2017

Cloaked In Pretensions, Gilad Atzmon’s Anti-Semitism Soldiers On in The Forward, 10 December 2017

Towards an Exhausted Sociology, in Sociological Review blog, 25 October 2017

Labour’s amendment on antisemitism should reassure Jewish supporters, in The Guardian, 26 September 2017

My questions over the CAA’s hasty questionnaire in the Jewish Chronicle, August 25 2017 [Reply by Gideon Falter of the CAA here and my further response here]

[With Dougald Hine] A crack in history? A conversation between two recent Labour Party recruits in Open Democracy, 31 August 2017

White Power Music and the Changing Face of Extremism in New Humanist, Summer 2017

Excuse All The Blood in So Fi Zine, Issue 1, June 2017 [Fiction]

Why banning David Irving books from university libraries would achieve little in The Guardian, 28 April 2017

The left should learn to love Gibraltar, in The Guardian, 4 April 2017

Why won’t YouTube and Google consider moderators to tackle online hate? in The Guardian, 16 March 2017

Metal Trump in Souciant, 25 November 2016

In the new Trump era, Jews are being used as pawns, in the Jewish Chronicle, 17 November 2016

Branding Jews exotic in LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog, 7 November 2016

The antisemitism reports: Against a zero-sum reading in Open Democracy, 3 November 2016

Better off siding with Russia or China: There’s no dictator’s dilemma today in Open Democracy, 30 October 2016

Why the matter of Jewish Labour members is a vital test case in The Guardian, 27 September 2016

This antisemitism report deserves Labour’s calm, close attention. No chance in The Guardian, 30 June 2016

Does civility in politics matter? in The New Humanist, summer 2016

The elephant in the room in Labour’s antisemitism row in The Guardian, 28 April 2016

Is Split Over Israel a Luxury Restricted to Countries With No Anti-Semitism? in The Forward, 12 April 2016

The Pleasures, Pain and Promise of Sociological Work Outside the Academy in The Sociological Imagination, 10 December 2015

Being civil doesn’t mean remaining silent in Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 October 2015

Internal and external factors in intra-Jewish conflict over Israel and antisemitism in Open Democracy, 29 September 2015

Stop moaning, let’s now try to embrace Corbyn, in the Jewish Chronicle, 17 September 2015

It’s vital for Jeremy Corbyn to establish a working relationship with British Jews, in Guardian Comment Is Free, 17 September 2015

Is Corbyn too pall with tyrants and other pariahs? in Open Democracy, 14 August 2015

Why I love tax havens and why you should too, in Absurdist, 1 July 2015

Tony Blair’s latest role in tolerance and reconciliation is no joke in Guardian Comment Is Free, 4 June 2015

Is the Sun’s ‘save our bacon’ election front page antisemitic? in Guardian Comment Is Free, 6 May 2015

The Strangeness of Contemporary Antisemitism in Open Democracy, 13 April 2015

Loosening of the Zionist Bound in the Jewish Chronicle, 26 March 2015

From Extreme Metal to Islamic State in Souciant, 27 March 2015

If British Jews are attacked, respect our dignity – and keep your agendas to yourself in Guardian Comment Is Free, 16 February 2015

(With Helen Lewis) A Civil Conversation About Online Rage, crossposted in The Jewish Quarterly and the New Statesman, 12/13 January 2015

Do British Jews have better approach to strife over Israel? in The Forward, 16th September 2014

How high can grass roots grow? in the Jewish Chronicle, 11th September 2014

Stop the pretense: There’s no consensus among Diaspora Jews over Israel in Haaretz, 2nd September 2014

What British Jews Really Think About the Gaza Conflict in Guardian Comment Is Free, 23rd July 2014

Contribution to Gaza Conflict – What Should Jews in the Diaspora Do? in Makom, Summer 2014

Why all the incivility when it comes to discussing Israel? in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, 17th April 2014

Failing to capture the vibrancy of British Jewish life in The Forward, 31st March 2014

Israel’s zero-sum game for the Diaspora in the Jewish Chronicle, 23rd March 2014

What we fight about when we fight about Israel in the Times of Israel, 18th March 2014

Drawing the Lines in the Makom blog, 8 February 2014

Roger Waters and the Antisemitism Question in Guardian Comment Is Free, 16 December 2013 [also published in newspaper the next day]

Antisemitism Hasn’t Gone Away: We Must Find A Way to Talk About It in Guardian Comment Is Free, 8 November 2013

Representing Jews in Public Spirit, 20 August 2013

Faster For The Master in New Humanist, May/June 2013

Why Ai Wei Wei and Heavy Metal Are A Perfect Match in Guardian Comment Is Free, 11 March 2013

Institution of Chief Rabbi has Outlived its Usefulness in The Forward, 15 February 2013

The Dog That Didn’t Bark: Why the UK Jewish Community Supported Operation Pillar of Defence in The Jewish Quarterly, Issue 224, December 2012

The new chief rabbi and archbishop face strikingly similar problems in Guardian Comment Is Free, 19 December 2012

In Times of Trouble, UK Jews Return to Support for Israel in New Statesman (online), 23 November 2012

Conflict, Civility and Canapes in The Community Lover’s Guide to the Jewish Community, 2012

Iranian and Israeli Activists Should Form a New Alliance for Peace in Guardian Comment Is Free Belief, 17 October 2012 (With Shirin Barghi and Joel Schalit)

What is a Secular Jew? in New Humanist, September/October 2012

How do you sum up Judaism on one leg? in The Jewish Chronicle, 21 August 2012

The Pleasure and Pain of Crowd-Funding in The Literary Platform, 13 August 2012

Shhh! Don’t Mention Israel in New Statesman, 28 May 2012, 27

A weak ‘revolution’ at the Board of deputies of British Jews in Guardian Comment Is Free Belief, 27 April 2012

Luxembourg: Posh Restaurants and Free Clubbing in the Party City in the Guardian, 7 April 2012

Pollard and Bright’s Islamist Fears Betrays Our Community’s Values in Jewish Chronicle 5 January 2012

2011: A Year Between Worlds in Open Democracy, 24 December 2011

Chaye Sarah in Limmud on One Leg, November 2011

Deserving an Audience in Souciant, 6 September 2011

Jews, Gypsies and Travellers: A Particular Empathy in Open Democracy 18 September 2011

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

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 Ethically in Guardian Comment Is Free Belief, 22 June 2011

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 of Rhetoric: The Israel-Palestine Vortex in Open Democracy, 23 May 2011

New Public Thinking and how not to do it: the death of Osama Bin Laden in New Public Thinking, 2 May 2011

Contributor to What Could New Public Thinking Be? Three Reflections in New Public Thinking, March 29 2011

Contributor to The Arab Spring: Protest, Power, Prospect in Open Democracy, 11 April 2011

On Engagement in New Public Thinking 25 February 2011

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

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

Contributor to The 2011 outlook – ideas and agents in Open Democracy 3 January 2011

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

How to ease divisions over Israel – have a dinner party In Jewish Chronicle 17 December 2010

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

‘Re-Imaging the University (Again, But This Time Differently)’ On the website of The Society for Curious Thought, September 2010

(With Joel Schalit) In Search of an Israeli Left In Open Democracy 22 August 2010

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

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

Unreasonable Doubt In New Humanist May/June 2010.

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

(with Joel Schalit) ‘An Israel-Palestine Like No Other Nation’ In Guardian Comment Is Free 21 April 2010

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

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

‘Share our synagogues and community centres with other religions’ on Miriam Shaviv’s Jewish Chronicle blog 8 March 2010.

‘The Legacy of Antisemitism’ in Guardian Comment Is Free 23 February 2010

‘What is British Jewish Politics?’ in ‘New Conceptions of Community’ published by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, 2010 Download it here

‘A Tango Between God and Satan: Heavy Metal With a Hippy Peace Message for the Middle East’ in The Forward 27 January 2010

‘Israel and Britain’ in Zeek Print Edition. ‘Israelology’ issue, fall 2009

‘We all have views on Israel so let’s hear them’ in Jewish Chronicle 31 December 2009

‘Civilizing the debate’ in Guardian Comment Is Free 16 December 2009

‘Bring back rejection letters’ in Guardian Comment Is Free 13 December 2009

‘An End to the Left’s Decent Split’ in Guardian Comment Is Free 19 October 2009

‘The Politics of Brisket: Jews and The Wire,’ Darkmatter, no. 4 29 May 29 2009

‘Jews talking about talking about Israel’ in Haaretz Online 22 May 2009

‘Why were there two versions of The Shield’s finale?’ in Guardian TV and Radio Blog, 19 May 2009

‘Debating the Debate’ in The Jewish Quarterly, Spring 2009, 50-54

‘A Jewish Awakening’ Prospect web exclusive, 1 March 2009

(with David Hayes) ‘The Politics of ME, ME, ME’ in Open Democracy 9 Jan 2009

‘British Jews and Israel: A New Relationship?’ in Guardian Comment is Free 13 Jan 2009

‘In Praise of Part-Time Musicians’ in Guardian Comment is Free 19 December 2008

‘The Jewish Community in Britain: It Still Doesn’t Feel Right’ in Manna issue 101 Autumn 2008

‘Is Britain Good for the Jews’ in The Jerusalem Post (paper and online editions) June 18 2008

‘Impaired (Euro)Vision’ in Guardian Comment Is Free 19 May 2008

‘It’s Not Just for ME That I Ask’ in Times Higher Education 15 May 2008

‘What It Really Means To Be Healthy’ in Guardian G2 Section 6 May 2008

‘A Real Peace Movement?’ In Guardian Comment Is Free 6 March 2008

‘TV Drama as Sociology: In Praise of The Wire’ in Street Signs, Spring 2008, 41-2

‘How to talk about things we know nothing about’ in Open Democracy 22 February 2008

Norwegian translation: ‘Hvordan Snakke Om Ting Man Ikke Har Greie På’ in Arkitekturn 6 2009

‘Intra-Faith to Faith’ in Guardian Comment is Free , January 15 2008

‘People, you really ought to talk to each other’ in The Jewish Chronicle, 11 January 2008, p31

‘How To Be Left’ in Guardian Comment is Free, November 2007

‘The Politics of Assimilation’ in Guardian Comment is Free, November 2007

‘Dialogue, Debate and Political Commitment’ in Liberal Conspiracy, November 2007

‘Dwellers and Seekers’ in The Jewish Quarterly, Autumn 2007, 60-1

‘The Seductions of Denial’ in Open Democracy, September 2007

‘A Response to Ruth Rosenfelder’ [part of the collection ‘The Problem With Dialogue’] in New Jewish Thought, September 2007

‘Boycotts and Ethics’ on the Jeneration website August 23 2007

‘The Hermeneutics of Anti-Anti-Semitism’ in New Jewish Thought , 2006 [Download here: Kahn-Harris 2006]

‘Preparing for the Pains of Peace’ in Sh’ma 36, November 2005

The Aesthetics of Hate Music‘, Institute for Jewish Policy Research, 2003 [Download here: Kahn-Harris 2003