New Haven, Conn. (PRWEB) February 27, 2008
Dr. Charles Small, Director of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA), announces the creation of the International Association for the Study of Antisemitism (IASA). This is the first organization to bring together scholars and intellectuals from all parts of the world on this topic. He will formally make the announcement when he addresses the Global Forum on Antisemitism to be held in Jerusalem on the 24th and 25th of February.
The International Association for the Study of Antisemitism (IASA) is a non-profit association for scientific purposes. Its function is to represent scholars and intellectuals everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches, academic discipline, or ideological opinion. The Association will work to support and strengthen the free development of scholarly inquiry in cooperation with similar associations of intellectuals by securing and developing institutional and personal contacts, encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information, facilitate and promote international research and training, convene meetings and regularly scheduled world congresses and conferences, and promote publications which support the Association's research and activities.
Dr. Small stated: "The creation of IASA is especially important at this time. It is appropriate to create a scholarly professional association to help organize and harness the expertise on this subject matter that exists throughout the world. It is imperative to engage in education during these times when some national leaders and social movements call openly for the destruction of Israel and its people in the most heinous manner, while other leaders and scholars in other parts of the world do not want to fathom this rapidly changing reality. It is the responsibility of scholars to understand and assess the current state of antisemitism and the danger it posses not only to the Jewish people - but the destructive forces it unleashes which affect many - this we know from history."
Current membership is available for individual scholars and professionals active in the teaching or researching of antisemitism, research institutions, universities and their departments, and various associations with active scholars engaged in the subject matter of antisemitism and/or related fields.
IASA will be governed by an Interim Executive Committee comprising of leading scholars, as well as the Directors of all major academic research centers that specialize on antisemitism; Wolfgang Benz, Technical University of Berlin, Robert Wistrich, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Dinar Porat, Tel Aviv University and Charles Small Yale University.
Please feel free to contact
Lauren Clark Coordinator of the Yale Initiative on the Study of Antisemitism at Lauren.clark @ yale.edu or call 413 265 3807 or;
Charles Small at charles.small @ yale.edu or 203 606 5252 or on the 25 and 26 February at (972) 523 592 516