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Tel Aviv University’s Roth Institute is dedicated to promoting world class academic research that will advance our understanding of the causes, manifestations and dangers of antisemitism and racism.
Since its establishment fifteen years ago, the Roth Institute has conducted and published world-class research on antisemitism and racism, cultivated a generation of scholars, and ensured that these topics are researched, studied and discussed in Israel’s largest university that lies at the center of the country, Tel Aviv University.

Roth Institute Research Group on Antisemitism and Racism
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote research at Tel Aviv University on antisemitism and racism, the Roth Institute established a Research Group for students and scholars of antisemitism and racism in the Spring of 2012. Composed of MA and PhD students from the faculties of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, the Roth Institute’s Research Group on Antisemitism and Racism serves as an ongoing forum that allows students and scholars to work together towards improving the quality of their individual research projects.

The Roth Institute’s Research Group on Antisemitism and Racism provides leading students at TAU with both financial and institutional support. In doing so, it helps create a vibrant community of students and scholars from a variety of departments at TAU. Through regular seminars, guest lectures and workshops, the research group integrates promising graduate students into a rich network of scholars and students in Israel and worldwide working on different aspects of antisemitism and racism. Members of the research group work together on a regular basis in the Roth Institute’s workspace in TAU’s Gilman Building.

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Research Group on Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Group Description will be posted soon. 

Ahuvia Goren

Ahuvia Goren

Ahuvia Goren is a research assistant in the department of Jewish History in Tel Aviv University and Studies for M.A In the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. His research deals with Jewish intellectual history of the modern era, and focuses on natural philosophy in the eyes Rabbinic culture and on modern Jewish politics. Additionally he teaches Judaism and philosophy in 'Machanim' Rabbinical seminary, and is a member of the Interfaith Encounter Israel Organization, and the IARF Europe and Middle-East board. 

Gustavo Guzmán
Gustavo Guzman Castros picture

Gustavo Guzmán Castro is a doctoral student in History at Tel Aviv University. His research –supervised by Prof. Raanan Rein– deals with the attitudes of the Chilean Right toward Jews throughout the twentieth century, proposing an innovative perspective for the study of Antisemitism in Latin America. Instead of focusing on the fascists’ positions in this regard, whose hostility toward Jews during the 1930s and 1940s has been lavishly studied, his research focuses on the attitudes of diverse right-wing actors vis-à-vis Jews during the past century, highlighting relevant changes and continuities. Previously, Mr. Guzmán Castro obtained his MA and BA degrees at Universidad de Chile, in whose Center of Jewish Studies he published several papers about the Chilean right-wing Antisemitism and the subsequent Jewish responses. Recently, he obtained the Robert Wistrich Prize 2017, granted by the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for his Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

Dr. Iris Idelson-Shein, Goethe University

Iris Idelson-Shein - pic 2018

Dr. Iris Idelson-Shein is Gerda Henkel research fellow at the Martin Buber department for Jewish Religious Thought at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Her research focuses on Jewish thought and culture in the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on gender studies, cultural translation and postcolonial studies. Her recent publications include articles in Jewish Quarterly Review (JQR), Jewish Social Studies, AJS Review, and Eighteenth Century Studies. She is the author of Difference of a Different Kind: Jewish Constructions of Race During the Long Eighteenth Century (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), and is currently working on a book on monsters in early modern Jewish literature, folklore and art. In addition, she is co-editing with Prof. Christian Wiese a collected volume on Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History, which is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Publishing. Since 2013 she has served on the founding editorial board of “German Jewish Cultures,” a book series published by Indiana University Press, in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute, London.

Fellowships for Graduate Students at Tel Aviv University Who Work on Antisemitism and Racism, 2018

Gustavo Guzmán Castro

Gustavo Guzman Castros picture

Gustavo Guzmán Castro is a doctoral student in History at Tel Aviv University. His
research, supervised by Prof. Raanan Rein, deals with the attitudes of the Chilean
Right toward Jews throughout the twentieth century. His research focuses on the
attitudes of diverse right-wing actors vis-à-vis Jews during the past century,
highlighting significant changes and continuities.

Suzy Ben Dori

Suzy Ben Droi

Suzy Ben Dori is writing her Ph.D. on "Body in Transition: Leisure Sports, Gender and
Place among Palestinian Women Citizens of Israel" at Tel Aviv University’s
Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research deals with the growing
phenomenon of recreational sport among Palestinian women who are citizens of
Israel. Ben-Dori’s research explores the social arrangement through which
recreational sports can prevail and problematizes the sociological concept of choice,
body and place among female members of an ethno-national minority.

Tom Drucker

תום דרוקר - תמונה

Tom Drucker is an M.A candidate in Tel Aviv University’s Department of Literature.
Her research deals with the poetics of resistance to racism in Toni Morrison's works.
Drucker’s study deals with the way that Morrison undermines the very foundations
of Western culture in order to expose the racism that is deeply embedded in its
language and knowledge.

Research Projects

TAU-Toronto Working Group on "Re-Conceiving Key Terms and Concepts in Antisemitism Studies,"  2014-2018

Designed to promote academic research on antisemitism in both Israel and abroad, this cooperative reseaerch project will support a series of exchanges between faculty members and graduate students at TAU and The University of Toronto and York University, Toronto 

The project began in July, 2014, with a visit by two faculty members from Toronto who led several seminars at TAU on the study of antisemitism. The group's second meeting took place at the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) Conference in December, 2015 when approximately a hundred scholars from four continents convened for a set of three intensive seminars. The next meeting of the working group took place at TAU in late June, 2015 and was conducted in cooperation with Brown University's Program in Judaic Studies. These meetings set the foundations for a series of workshops that took place in September-October, 2016 in Toronto as well as future workshops in Toronto in the summer of 2018.

Research Collaboration in Israel

The Israeli Inter-University Academic Partnership in Russian and East European Studies is an innovative institutional platform for sharing, exchanging and disseminating knowledge among Israel’s five leading Universities. With the support of the Humanities Fund (established by Yad Ha’Nadiv and the Council for Higher Education) the partnership provides funding and institutional basis for cross-disciplinary teaching, research and publication in East European studies in Israel. The partnership pools together academic resources from five universities and creates a wide and diverse community of scholars that enjoys the high-quality specialties of each university while broadening the study of this area.

The partnership offers several doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships each year thus providing an academic base for young scholars in the field as well as an opportunity to share their knowledge through teaching and presenting their work at a inter-disciplinary conferences.  

IUAP fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year included Yuri Radchenko, a post-doctoral scholar from Kharkiv, Ukraine, working on the Holocaust in Ukraine and Dr. Lea David who is researching the different ways that socieites remember genocide and mass violence. Over the 2015-2016, the IUAP granted a generous post-doctoral fellowship to Dr. Raz Segal, a scholar of Genocide and Holocaust Studies who is affiliated with the Roth Institute.
IUAP Fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year include several students and scholars whose work is supported by the Roth Institute through the Inter-University Academic Partnership.  In addition to the research of Anat Vaturi, a PhD student from TAU, who is working on Jewish - Protestant relations in early modern Krakow, Ilya Vovshin's PhD at Haifa University on the Jewish elite of imperial St. Petersburg and the post-doctoral research
by Dr. Olena Bagno at Bar-Ilan University on post-Soviet Jewry all discuss the influence of antisemitism on Jewish society and politics in a variety of periods and regions.

The fellows for 2012-2013 included two scholars whose work is supported by the Roth Institute through the auspices of the Inter-University Academic Partnership. Dr. Anat Plocker of the University of Haifa is completing her book manuscript on relations between Poles and Jews in Communist Poland with a focus on the anti-Zionist campaign of 1968. A PhD student at the Hebrew University, Anna Novikov is researching Polish-German-Jewish relations in Silesian lands between the two World Wars.