Ivan Kalmar

Professor, Anthropology
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Ivan Kalmar

Areas of interest

  • Jews and Muslims in western cultural history
  • Religion
  • Core-periphery relations within the EU
  • Central Europe
  • Race
  • Illiberalism


Main bio

Ivan Kalmar is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He writes extensively on core-periphery relations within the European Union, and especially in Central Europe, having published a book and edited a number of journal issues on this topic. His focus includes illiberalism and race. Previously, much of his work has focused on the image of Jews and Muslims in western cultural history.


Select publications

  • 2022 Ivan Kalmar, White But Not Quite: Central Europe’s Illiberal Revolt. Bristol: Bristol University Press.
  • 2022 Ivan Kalmar and Nitzan Shoshan, eds. Racism in Contemporary Germany: Islamophobia in East and West. London and New York: Routledge.
  • 2023 Ivan Kalmar and Aleksandra Lewicki, guest editors, Race, Racialization, and the East of the European Union (Special Issue), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • 2023 Ivan Kalmar, “Race and Racialization in the East of the European Union: An Introduction.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2022.2154909.
  • 2020 Ivan Kalmar, “The East is Just Like the West, Only More So: Islamophobia and Populism in Eastern Germany and the East of the European Union.” Journal of Contemporary European Studies 28 (1): 15-29.
  • 2020 Ivan Kalmar, “Islamophobia and Anti-Anti-Semitism: The Case of Hungary and the ‘Soros plot’.” Patterns of Prejudice 60 (1). 1-18.
  • 2014 Ivan Davidson Kalmar. Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power. London and New York: Routledge. (Book, originally published in hard copy in 2013.)
  • 2013 Ivan Davidson Kalmar, “Race By Grace: Race and Religion, the Secular State, and the Construction of ‘Jew’ and ‘Arab,” in Efraim Sicher, ed. Jews Color Race: Rethinking Jewish Identities. London: Berghahn Press, 482-509.
  • 2005 Ivan Davidson Kalmar and Derek J. Penslar, eds. Orientalism and the Jews. Hannover, NH: University Press of New England.