Emeritus Professor Milton Shain (Isidore and Theresa Cohen Chair in Jewish Civilisation) received his PhD from the University of Cape Town. He specialises in the history of South African Jewry and the history of anti-Semitism and is Director of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research. He is particularly interested in cultural representations of the Jew over time and the ways in which these are transformed to align with dominant discourses.
His most recent book Zakor v’Makor: Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory, co-edited with David Cesarani and Tony Kushner, was runner-up in the ‘Anthology and Collections’ category of the National Jewish Book Award in the United States for 2009. The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa, published by the University Press of Virginia and Witwatersrand University Press in 1994, won the UCT book prize in 1996.
Milton was rated B2 by the NRF in 2010
(Co-edited with David Cesarani and Tony Kushner) Zakor v’Makor: Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory (London: Valentine Mitchell, 2009)
(Co-authored with Richard Mendelsohn) The Jews in South Africa: An Illustrated History (Cape Town and Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2008)
Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
(Co-authored with Margo Bastos) “Muslim Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in Postwar South Africa”, in Robert Solomon Wistrich (ed.), Holocaust Denial: The Politics of Perfidy (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter and Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2012), pp. 137-156.
“The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in South Africa: From Radical White Right to Radical Islamists”, in Esther Webman (ed.) The Global Impact of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: A Century-Old Myth (Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2011).
“Jewish Cultures, Identities and Contingencies: Reflections from the South African Experience”, European Review of History: Revue Europeenne d'Histoire, 18: 1 (2011), pp. 89-100.
“Anti-Semitism and the Far Right in South Africa, 1930-1994” in Murray Baumgarten, Peter Kenez and Bruce Thompson (eds.), Varieties of Anti-Semitism: History, Ideology, Discourse (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009), pp. 277-91.
(Co-authored with Richard Mendelsohn) “Constructing a Useable Past: History, Memory and South African Jewry in an Age of Anxiety”, in David Cesarani, Tony Kushner and Milton Shain (eds.), Zakor v’Makor: Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory (London: Valentine Mitchell, 2009), pp. 49-59.
“Antisemitism in South Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”, Jewish Affairs, 64: 1 (2009), pp. 6-11.
(Co-authored with David Cesarani and Tony Kushner), “Introduction”, Jewish Culture and History, 9: 2- 3 (2007), Special Issue: ‘Zakor v’ Makor: Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory’, pp. 1-14.