Antisemitism is one of the most complex and, at times, perplexing forms of hatred. It spans centuries of history, infecting different societies, religious, philosophical and political movements, and even civilizations. In the aftermath of the Holocaust some have even argued that antisemitism illustrates the limitations of the Enlightenment and modernity itself. Manifestations of antisemitism emerge in numerous ideologically based narratives and the constructed identities of belonging and otherness such as race and ethnicity, nationalist, and anti-nationalist movements. In the contemporary context of globalized relations it appears that antisemitism has taken on new complex and changing forms that need to be decoded, mapped, and exposed.
The academic study of antisemitism, like prejudice more generally, has a long and impressive intellectual and research history. It remains a topic of ongoing political importance and scholarly engagement. However, unlike prejudice and discrimination directed at other social groups, antisemitism is almost always studied outside an organized academic framework. ISGAP, founded in 2004 is the first interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the study of antisemitism based in North America.
The Institute’s mission is to explore this subject matter within a comprehensive, interdisciplinary framework from an array of approaches and perspectives as well as global, national and regional contexts. This mission encompasses the study of such subjects as changing historical phases of antisemitism, how antisemitism relates to other forms of hatred, or to what extent it is unique, how some societies are able to resist antisemitism and how policies could be developed and utilized to combat it.
Eminent scholars and researchers will be invited regularly, to present seminar papers and engage in research projects at both conceptual and empirical levels. The development of an inter-disciplinary curriculum, and encouraging the publication of analytical studies that examine a prejudice that remains widespread, recurrent, is a central objective. ISGAP aims to create a vibrant space in which high caliber scholarship, discussion and debate can develop and be nurtured.