ISGAP Digital Research Center

The Digital Research Center holds ISGAP’s online programming, which includes courses, seminars and symposiums. It also includes ISGAP’s network of research scholars, faculty and students.

Digital Programming

Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective: An International Seminar Series

Digital Courses

ISGAP Digital Courses are open to faculty, students, policy experts and the interested public.

JAWHAR (Jews in the Arab World: History, Artifacts, Representations)

Professor Giuseppe Cecere, Associate Professor, University of Bologna; Professor Mattia Di Taranto is an Adjunct Professor of German Literature at the University of Eastern Piedmont.

JAWHAR is an acronym for « Jews in the Arab World: History, Artifacts, Representations » but also an Arabic word meaning ‘jewel, gem’ as well as ‘genuine part’ of something. 

The basic idea behind this acronym is that far from being a “foreign body”, the Jewish presence is part and parcel of the history and culture of the Arab World.  since very old times.

With this in mind, the project aims to show how deep and varied interactions ‘Jews’ and ‘Arabs’ have had in different fields of social, intellectual, and even religious life, ranging from material culture to science, from literature to mystics,  before and after the advent of Islam, from the so-called Jāhiliyya (“pagan time”) to contemporary Arab world.

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How Antisemites Appropriate Progressive Social Movements

Featuring Dr. Corinne E. Blackmer, Professor of English and Judaic Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, United States

Although antisemites have made effective use of intersectionality theory to appropriate progressive social movements, this course will explore, in addition to intersectionality, other significant rhetorical weapons they employ—including sloganeering, intimidation, name-calling, simplifications, assemblages theory, and pseudo-intellectual obscurantist prose.  This course will canvass these strategies, propose methods for countering them, and consider how antisemites have made successive waves of social movements (i.e., disability, women’s, LGBTQ) antisemitic through appropriation and corralling in Israel into areas of study and advocacy with which it, as a nation, has little in common.

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Populism and Fascism: New Wine in Old Bottles?

Featuring Instructor Max Horder, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, Princeton, US

Featuring instructor Max Horder, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, Princeton, US; this course examines the place of antisemitism in contemporary political ideologies across the world.

The course will focus on populism: What was once relatively peripheral to Western democracies has now become a mainstream issue, especially since 2016. But is it really, as many people claim, a new expression of ‘fascism’? The lectures will look at this problem through an in-depth analysis of what connections may exist between the two in order to answer this question.

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ISGAP Oxford Online Course

Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director, ISGAP; Academic Visitor, St. Antony's College, Oxford • Natan Sharansky, Chair, ISGAP • Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Founder, AHA Foundation • Professor Barry Kosmin, Trinity College • Professor Joel Kotek, Free University of Brussels and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris • Professor Uzi Rabi, Tel Aviv University • Professor Yossi Shain, Tel Aviv University

This online course draws upon the ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute, which annually hosts the best scholars and experts in the interdisciplinary study of contemporary antisemitism. Since 2015 the summer Institute has more than 250 graduates from around the world. Thousands of hours of expert lecturers on an array of contemporary issues forms the basis for the development of this unique online course. This high quality online course is made available to students and concerned informed Community members and experts concerned about human rights. Given the rise of global Antisemitism and the lack of attention 30 universities have placed on the study of contemporary Antisemitism this online course is timely.

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The Pattern in the 21st Century: What, How, Why?

Professor Richard Landes, Associate Professor Emeritus of History, Boston University; Professor David Deutsch, Oxford University

In this seminar, Professor Landes examines the argument made by physicist David Deutsch that a near-universal Pattern of longue durée that characterizes the attitudes and behaviors of non-Jews towards Jews. The seminar will examine the argument, look at the patterns of the “new antisemitism” of the 21st century to test its value, and try, in conclusion, on the one hand, to evaluate both the accuracy and value of the hypothesis, and on the other to attempt to explain it.

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Reading Group

ISGAP Reading Group

ISGAP Research Fellows and Faculty have committed themselves to the exploration of antisemitism, in all its forms, in order to better understand how the oldest hatred is penetrating present-day society. By sharing their activities in the field, Fellows and Faculty are able to compare and contrast their own ideas with one another. To help facilitate this initiative, ISGAP has organized a reading group for a select group of ISGAP Fellows and Faculty only. Each participant is responsible for reading a text during each session, after which the group collectively discusses the text in real-time. This timeless exercise enhances our Fellow’s ability to educate their own students and the general public. The reading group is led by Chloe Pinto, Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

Additional Information

Organizer: Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP)

Contact for information: Ira Guberman, 212-230-1840, [email protected]

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