About Us

 

 

The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism (SICSA) was established in 1982 as an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to an independent, non-political and critical approach to understanding the phenomenon of antisemitism. In more recent years, it has sought to leverage its proven expertise in order to create a unique space within academia for vibrant, intellectual discourse on antisemitism as a historical, political, and social issue — both in the past and the present — that affects human society, and Jews in particular. Accordingly, a priority of SICSA is to actively nurture and showcase the work of graduate students and postdoctoral candidates who want to pursue academic careers in antisemitism studies, while also providing a public forum where the many issues surrounding antisemitism can be aired and discussed in an intellectually intensive manner.

The Center is primarily interested in providing a high-level platform within academia for understanding the historical and contemporary contexts of antisemitic prejudice, its occurrences, and its mechanisms, including comparative perspectives on other forms of discrimination and racism. Research at SICSA intentionally covers a broad spread of disciplines: history, political science, psychology, sociology, law, economics, literature, and the arts. This interdisciplinary approach means that the Center is able to act as both a material and intellectual resource for researchers, students, and educators.

SICSA activities encompass research projects, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, a wide range of publications (books, monographs on current topics, a research journal, and annotated bibliography), a computerized bibliographic project, conferences, symposia, monthly seminars, and lectures. Its Analysis of Current Trends in Antisemitism (ACTA) unit conducts research on worldwide trends, focusing  focus on changes in local, national and regional areas and their impact on public opinion, the arts, the mass media, and ideological and political movements.

History:

The founding director of SISCA was historian Prof. Yehuda Bauer, a renowned authority on the subjects of the Holocaust and antisemitism, and a key figure in the establishment and development of Holocaust Studies. Prof. Bauer is a member of the Center’s Academic Committee. The late Prof. Robert Wistrich, a leading scholar and prolific author who shaped much of the current understanding of antisemitism, headed SICSA from 2002 until 2015. Under his direction, the Center explored avenues of research such as the phenomenon of Left-wing political antisemitism and the de-legitimization of Israel and Zionism. Today, the Center is headed by Prof. Manuela Consonni, who is an expert in the field of post-Holocaust political, intellectual, social and literary discourse as these relate to topics of the identity, prejudice and “otherness” of the Jews in Europe.

 

Study With Us

 

The Center is primarily interested in providing a high-level platform within academia for understanding the historical and contemporary contexts of antisemitic prejudice, its occurrences, and its mechanisms, including comparative perspectives on other forms of discrimination and racism. Research at SICSA intentionally covers a broad spread of disciplines: history, political science, psychology, sociology, law, economics, literature, and the arts. This interdisciplinary approach means that the Center is able to act as both a material and intellectual resource for researchers, students, and educators.

SICSA activities encompass research projects, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, a wide range of publications (books, monographs on current topics, a research journal, annotated bibliography), a computerized bibliographic project (click here), conferences, symposia, monthly seminars, and lectures. Its Analysis of Current Trends in Antisemitism (ACTA) unit conducts research on worldwide trends, focusing  with the aim of pinpointing serious potential threats; the resulting ACTA papers focus on changes in local, national and regional areas and their impact on public opinion, the arts, the mass media, and ideological and political movements.

1. 4 annual grants for doctoral student for the sum of 20,000 $ each. We are planning to offer year-long merit fellowships on a competitive basis for doctoral students at the Hebrew University of proved academic excellence (in their MA studies or between the first and the second year of their Ph. D. program), according to the criteria established by the Academic Committee and following the norms of the President Grants doctoral students for Academic Excellency Policy. The grants can be renewed for a second year.

Condition to receive the grants is to work not less than 3 days a week at the Center.

2. An international fellowship grant of 30,000 $ Post-doc fellowship / Junior Faculty. We are planning to have at least one post-doc grant or a grant for a  Visiting Junior Faculty from Israel or abroad. The grant will be conferred to a candidate who meets the criteria of Academic Excellency, who is working on major themes dealt with by the Center.

3. A mini seminar, each year, with a renowned expert in the fields of research and studies related to the Center's themes and interests (an option could be to share her/him in consortium with other Institutions and Centers at the University – The Fellows of the Excellency Program for MA and doctoral students in the Humanities as well as in other Faculty: Laws, Sociology and Anthropology, Public Policy, Political Science, etc.)

The seminar will part of the study curriculum and taught for graduate students,  for an honorarium of 5,000 $. The sum of the scholar’s honorarium will be 5,000 $. The Center will assume upon itself the cost of the travel and the hiring of the apartment (2,000 flight ticket + 1,000 $ apartment)

The entire sum will be of 8,000 $

 

Our Partners

 

Posen Foundation

The Posen foundation labors towards one major goal: making Jewish education easily accessible to any eager and curious mind. Education is the key to it all. A well-informed society is a more just, a better society. Felix Posen, founded the Posen Foundation to reduce Jewish ignorance.  One of the most fruitful paths to this vision has been through student and teacher training. Throughout the years we founded and supported many programs to train students and current and future educators. Go to Posen Foundation

 

Knapp

​The Knapp family members have long been advocates of empowering individuals to reach their full potential. Their scholarship and internship programs are a catalyst to give young adults the opportunity to become prominent and successful servant leaders in their communities. Go to Knapp Family Foundation