Lecture: The Judensau. Ancient Roots of an Antisemitic Concept

13 June 2024 17:00 - 19:00

The so-called Judensau is the best-known and most common anti-Jewish motif in German-speaking countries in the 13th to 16th centuries. On 13 June, Prof Dr Lieve Teugels will give a lecture on the subject in Salzburg, Germany. The (English-language) lecture can be attended online.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

About the lecture

The Judensau can be found on stone reliefs, in carvings, on churches and public buildings and later in printed works. Unfortunately, the effect of this imagery, which identifies Jews with pigs, did not end with the Middle Ages. Public display of such images is now banned, or, when found on ancient buildings, accompanied by historical information. Yet the anti-Jewish use of the pig persists, hidden and less hidden, especially today, when anti-Semitism is more vivid than ever. This lecture focuses on the origins of the Judensau image, and similar motifs, in Biblical, Old Christian and Old Jewish sources, and their Wirkungsgeschichte in the Middle Ages to the present day.


The lecture will take place in Salzburg, but you can also attend the lecture online via Teams. To do so, use the button below (the meeting link will become active on the day of the lecture). More information about the physical meeting can be found via the 'register' button.

Prof Lieve Teugels delivers this lecture as part of her Marko Feingold Distinguished Fellowship at the Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg.