Charles Small, Yale, Responds to British Academic Union’s Boycott of Israel

Press Release
  • 0

New Haven, Conn. Charles Small, director of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism, is available to comment on the vote by the United Kingdom’s University and College Union at the UCU conference yesterday to support a boycott of Israeli academics. Interviews can be conducted in English or French.

Small is an expert on antisemitism and other forms of racisms, bias/hate crimes, Israeli/Palestinian issues, radical Islamism, the demonization of Israel, Holocaust denial, issues of multiculturalism, globalization and cultural identity.

“Scholarship is intended to be based on an honest search for truth that examines all sides of a given issue and context,” Small says. “The fact that the UCU voted to reject this basic premise and boycott Israeli scholars and academic institutions goes against the very nature of real scholarship. The UCU decision is based on a one-sided view of the Middle East conflict. It undermines academic freedom and sets different standards for people based on their origin rather than on their scholarship or ideas.”

He adds, “It is incredible that some are attempting to de-legitimize Israel, the only democracy in the region, while a significant radical social movement, Hamas, gains strength that is anti-Enlightenment, genocidal in its antisemitism, not to mention anti-democratic, sexist and homophobic, and in fact governs Israel’s neighboring Palestinian Authority.”

Small, a native of Montreal, received his B.A. in Political Science from McGill University, his M.Sc. in Economic Development from University College,London, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University. He carried out post-doctoral research at the Université de Montreal and has taught social policy and social theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Ben Gurion University, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He was an associate professor and director of Urban Studies at Southern Connecticut State University and has worked as a consultant and policy advisor in North America, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Small specializes in social and cultural theory, globalization and national identity, socio-cultural policy, and racisms, including antisemitism.

The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism is the first institute of its kind at a North American university. Established in September 2006, YIISA is dedicated to the scholarly research of the origins and manifestations of antisemitism globally, as well as other forms of prejudice, including racisms and prejudice, as it relates to policy. Through its examination of antisemitism and policy, YIISA disseminates scholarly material to promote further understanding and to contribute to policy analysis.

YIISA is housed at Yale’s prestigious Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS ), whose mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry in the social sciences and research into important public policy arenas. ISPS seeks to shape public policies of local, national, and international significance.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Small email [email protected], call 203-436-8189 or contact Tory Bilski, coordinator, [email protected]

Charles Small, Yale, Responds to British Academic Union’s Boycott of Israel

Press Release
  • 0
AUTHOR

Charles Asher Small

Dr. Charles Asher Small is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He is also the Koret Distinguished Scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Charles received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, McGill University, Montreal; a M.Sc. in Urban Development Planning in Economics, Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London; and a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil), St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

Charles completed post-doctorate research at the Groupement de recherche ethnicité et société, Université de Montréal. He was the VATAT Research Fellow (Ministry of Higher Education) at Ben Gurion University, Beersheva, and taught in departments of sociology and geography at Goldsmiths' College, University of London; Tel Aviv University; and the Institute of Urban Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Charles was the founding Director of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA), the first interdisciplinary research center on antisemitism at a North American university. At Yale he taught in the Political Science Department and the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics, and ran a post-doctorate and graduate studies fellowship program at YIISA. He was also an Associate Professor and the Director of Urban Studies at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). He has lectured internationally and worked as a consultant and policy advisor in North America, Europe, Southern Africa, and the Middle East. Charles specializes in social and cultural theory, globalization and national identity, socio-cultural policy, and racism(s) – including antisemitism.


Read all stories by Charles Asher Small

Skip to toolbar