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Stephen Roth Institute

The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism is a research institute at Tel Aviv University in Israel.[1]

It is a resource for information, provides a forum for academic discussion, and fosters research on issues concerning antisemitic and racist theories and manifestations. The Institute's principal focus is the social and political exploitation of these phenomena in the period since the end of World War II, and the influence of their historical background.


The Institute was founded as the Project for the Study of Anti-Semitism in the fall of 1991, and was headed by Prof. Dina Porat of Tel Aviv University until 2010. Since then, Dr. Scott Ury of Tel Aviv University's Department of Jewish History has been Director of the Roth Institute. The Institute is situated within Tel Aviv University's Faculty of the Humanities and is associated with the Wiener Library for the Study of the Nazi Era and the Holocaust in Tel Aviv, home of one of the world's richest collections of documents related to fascist regimes and movements, and antisemitism. The Institute welcomes visitors and fosters cooperation with universities and research institutes outside Israel.


The institute's activities are:[2]

  • The maintenance of an authoritative database freely available through the Internet, which records details of antisemitic incidents throughout the world.
  • The organisation of academic conferences and symposium at Tel Aviv University which bring together scholars for the presentation of papers and discussion on a particular topic—both independently and in cooperation with academic institutions in and outside Israel.
  • The publication of an annual survey of antisemitic incidents and trends throughout the world.
  • Hosting visiting scholars from abroad whose research addresses various aspects of antisemitism and racism. Recent long-term visitors include Profs. Omer Bartov[1] of Brown (2014), Jan T. Gross of Princeton (2012), Sol Goldberg of the University of Toronto (2014 and 2015), Jonathan Judaken of Rhodes College, Memphis (2011), Jonathan Karp of SUNY, Binghamton (2016, 2017), Kamil Kijek, University of Wroclaw, Poland, 2016, Mia Spiro, University of Glasgow, 2017, Thomas Sugrue of the University of Pennsylvania (2013), and Kalman Weiser of York University, Toronto (2014 and 2015), Sarah Gavison, University of Colorado (2017-2019), Iris Idelson-Shein , Goethe University (2017-2019).
  • Since 2011, the Roth Institute has helped bring over 150 scholars from abroad to Israel. These visitors include: Eugene Avrutin, University of Illinois, Johannes Becke, Heidelberg, Michal Bilewicz, Warsaw University, Donald Bloxham, Edinburgh, Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University Alon Confino, University of Virginia, Deborah Dwork, Clark University, David Engel, NYU, Barbara Engelking, Polish Center for Holocaust Research, Warsaw, David Feldman, Pears Institute, Birkbeck College, London, Paula S. Fass, University of California, Berkeley, Carole Fink, Ohio State, Stefanie Fischer, University of Potsdam, Olga Gershenson, U Mass, Amherst, Julie Gottlieb, University of Sheffield, Jan Grabowski, University of Ottawa, Atina Grossman, Cooper Union, Ariela Gross, USC Law School, Anna Hajkova, Warwick University, Jan Hartman, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Dagmar Herzog, CUNY Graduate Center, Prof. Martha Himmelfarb, Princeton, Brian Horowitz, Tulane, Stefan Ihrig, Haifa University, Agnieszka Jagodzinska, University of Wroclaw, Poland, Jack Jacobs, John Jay College, Profs. Ari Kelman, UC-Davis, Hillel Kieval, Washington University, St. Louis, Kamil Kijek, University of Wroclaw, Poland, Jeffrey Kopstein, University of Toronto, Stanislaw Krajewski, University of Warsaw, Paul Lerner, USC, Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana University, Olga Litvak, Clark University, James Loeffler, University of Virginia, Michael L. Miller, Central European University, Budapest, Daniel Monterescu, Central European University, Budapest, Amos Morris-Reich, The University of Haifa, Kenneth Moss, Johns Hopkins University, Samuel Moyn, Harvard, Norman Naimark, Stanford University, Hindy Najman, University of Oxford, Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania, David Nirenberg, University of Chicago, Jess Olson, Yeshiva University, Andrea Orzoff, New Mexico State, Derek Penslar, Oxford University/University of Toronto, Anat Plocker, Stockton University, Gideon Reuveni, University of Sussex, Ellie Schainker, Emory University, Raz Segal, Stockton University, Daniel Schroeter, University of Minnesota, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Northwestern University, Nancy Sinkoff, Rutgers University, Andrew Sloin, CUNY, Darius Staliunas, Lithuanian Institute of History, John Stauffer, Harvard University, Dariusz Stola, POLIN Museum, Warsaw, Adam Teller, Brown University, Stefan Vogt, Frankfurt, Theodore Weeks, Southern Illinois University, Ulrich Wyrwa [de], Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University, Berlin, Tara Zahra, University of Chicago, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Paris School of Economics,.
  • Participation in annual conferences, periodic workshops and academic exchanges organized by the International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism (ICRAR) in cooperation with the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, London, the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University, Berlin, and other institutions in Europe, Israel and North America.
  • Support for students and scholars at Tel Aviv University whose research advances the study and understanding of antisemitism and racism.
  • An ongoing research group of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at Tel Aviv University.
  • The publication of studies of particular aspects of the subject.
  • To undertake research projects on aspects of antisemitic and racist manifestations. To that end it adopts an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the abilities and resources of other departments of Tel Aviv University.


  1. ^ "Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism". European Shoah Legacy Institute. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  2. ^ Stephen Roth Institute

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