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Antisemitism in the 21st Century Shtetl

The words “antisemitism in the shtetl” might evoke recollections of Fiddler on the Roof, a touch of family lore “from the old country” way back when, or for those familiar with modern Yiddish literature, a scene from this or that writer.

Baffling as it may sound, however, it a substantial contemporary topic in the study of antisemitism, and, perhaps even more surprisingly, part of a phenomenon with implications for the future, given the vast number of cities, towns and villages in the world with a rich Jewish history but no living Jews, where potent anti-Jewish feeling (as well as pro-Jewish feeling) can be observed.

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Jews, Feudalism and the Magna Carta Mediaeval Myth Management and Modern Mismanagement©

Much has been written about mediaeval, feudal England, but little is heard of the Jewish voice. Except for one snippet of an official call for help, there is no equivalent of the Flavius Josephus of Roman times to tell us about the real plight of mediaeval Jewry. Instead we have the misleading myths of privilege and wealth. Agreements affecting the lives of Jews were made without their participation, and arbitrary edicts were issued determining their position within the Christian feudal society without concern for the consequences on Jewish life. This study of those dark and relatively primitive days, will hopefully shine some light on the reality of their plight, and raises the question of whether the international status of Jews has really changed over the ages.

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Seminar Series
Seminar Series

The ISGAP Seminar Series, “Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective,” explores antisemitism in various regional contexts, using an array of approaches within a comprehensive, interdisciplinary framework. In this series, eminent scholars and researchers are invited to present the results of their research in an informal scholarly setting.

Publications
Publications

ISGAP Research Papers reflect the broad range of academic activities associated with ISGAP, its faculty, and scholars associated with our mandate. ISGAP Books includes several volumes containing a selection of papers published by the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism, including several presented at the “Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity” conference organized by YIISA/ISGAP at Yale University in August 2010.

Summer Institute
Summer Institute

The ISGAP Summer Institute is a two week intensive, workshop-based program aimed at developing curricula for courses on antisemitism. The institute is held at Hertford College, University of Oxford. Under the guidance of leading international scholars, participants will develop syllabi for courses in the critical interdisciplinary study of antisemitism. After completing the program, participants will teach these courses at their home institutions. 

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ISGAP to Address OSCE on Looming Threat of Antisemitism

ISGAP Executive Director Charles Asher Small will represent ISGAP in Warsaw, Poland at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) this September, 2016. At the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Dr. Small will address OSCE officials on the looming threat of antisemitism and how contemporary antisemitism is connected directly with security […]
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