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David Hirsh, BSc MA PhD

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PositionLecturer in Sociology
Department Sociology
Email d.hirsh (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7730
David Hirsh, BSc MA PhD
Research interests: crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing; international and cosmopolitan law; cosmopolitanism, nationalism, fundamentalism; Israel / Palestine, antisemitism, Islamophobia; socio-legal studies.

David studied Sociology as an undergraduate at City University, London. He did an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory at Warwick University and he wrote his PhD there on Crimes Against Humanity and International Law.

He was the holder of the Sociological Review Fellowship 2001-2, which enabled him to write Law against Genocide: cosmopolitan trials, published in 2003. This book was awarded the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Prize for the best first book in sociology in 2004. By focusing on two trials from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the trial of Andrei Sawoniuk for crimes committed during the Holocaust, and the David Irving libel case, the book comes to some tentative conclusions about the possibility of the emergence of cosmopolitan law.

David received a Rothschild/Hanadiv Foundation research grant of £25000 for a project 'to investigate the character and dynamics of anti-Zionism as a contemporary political movement and its relationship to antisemitism' (January 2007 to August 2007). The central research output made possible by this funding was a major Working Paper published by the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism, entitled Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections. Hear him talk about the paper. In 2006/7, David was a Research Fellow at Yale University.

Read the presentation that David gave at the 2009 London Conference on Combatting Antisemitism.

Read David on The Merchant of Venice and the campaign to boycott Israeli actors.

Read Chip Berlet's interview with David Hirsh on contemporary antisemitism and conspiracy theory.

 

Publications

Book

Law against Genocide: Cosmopolitan Trials
Hirsh, David. 2003. Law against Genocide: Cosmopolitan Trials. GlassHouse Press / Cavendish Publishing. ISBN 1904385044

Book Section

Anti‐Zionism and Antisemitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections
Hirsh, David. 2015. Anti‐Zionism and Antisemitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections. In: Charles Asher Small, ed. The Yale Papers: Antisemitism in comparative perspetive. New York: ISGAP, pp. 57-174. ISBN 9781515057796

Struggles over the Boundaries of Legitimate Discourse: Antisemitism and Bad-Faith Allegations
Hirsh, David. 2013. Struggles over the Boundaries of Legitimate Discourse: Antisemitism and Bad-Faith Allegations. In: Charles Small, ed. Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity. 5 New York: ISGAP, pp. 89-94. ISBN 978194018608

Israel is not an idea which requires justification, it is a nation state forged by history
Hirsh, David. 2011. Israel is not an idea which requires justification, it is a nation state forged by history. In: Ben Garratt, ed. Making the progressive case for Israel: a series of essays compiled by Labour Friends of Israel. London: Labour Friends of Israel, pp. 71-76. ISBN xxx

Cosmopolitan Law, Agency and Narrative
Hirsh, David. 2006. Cosmopolitan Law, Agency and Narrative. In: Michael Freeman, ed. Law and Sociology: Current Legal Issues Volume 8. Oxford University Press , 377-397 . ISBN 978-0415242721

Article

The Corbyn left: the politics of position and the politics of reason
Hirsh, David. 2015. The Corbyn left: the politics of position and the politics of reason. fathom, Autumn,

Mr Corbyn, time to say you were wrong
Hirsh, David. 2015. Mr Corbyn, time to say you were wrong. Jewish Chronicle,

The most threatening form of anti-Semitism in Britain today
Hirsh, David. 2015. The most threatening form of anti-Semitism in Britain today. Jewish News,

If Corbyn wins
Hirsh, David. 2015. If Corbyn wins. Jerusalem Post,

‘Civility’ in contemporary debates about antisemitism
Hirsh, David. 2014. ‘Civility’ in contemporary debates about antisemitism. Jewish Quarterly, p. 39.

On Studies on Jewish left anti-Zionism
Hirsh, David. 2014. On Studies on Jewish left anti-Zionism. Fathom Journal, p. 1. ISSN 2052-0530

So how does it work, the quenelle?
Hirsh, David. 2014. So how does it work, the quenelle? Left Foot Forward, p. 1.

The American Studies Association boycott resolution, academic freedom and the myth of the institutional boycott
Hirsh, David. 2014. The American Studies Association boycott resolution, academic freedom and the myth of the institutional boycott. Inside Higher Ed, p. 1.

Ethnicity should have nothing to do with football identity
Hirsh, David. 2013. Ethnicity should have nothing to do with football identity. Left Foot Forward, p. 1.

Hostility to Israel and Antisemitism: Toward a Sociological Approach
Hirsh, David. 2013. Hostility to Israel and Antisemitism: Toward a Sociological Approach. Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, 5, pp. 1401-1422.

Defining antisemitism down: The EUMC working definition and its disavowal by the university & college union
Hirsh, David. 2012. Defining antisemitism down: The EUMC working definition and its disavowal by the university & college union. Fathom, 1(1), pp. 30-39.

Chip Berlet interviews David Hirsh on Contemporary Antisemitism and Conspiracy Theory
Hirsh, David. 2012. Chip Berlet interviews David Hirsh on Contemporary Antisemitism and Conspiracy Theory. Engage,

Portia, Shylock and the exclusion of Israeli actors from the global cultural community
Hirsh, David. 2012. Portia, Shylock and the exclusion of Israeli actors from the global cultural community. Engage,

No such thing as victimless boycott
Hirsh, David. 2011. No such thing as victimless boycott. Mail and Guardian, South Africa, p. 14.

A reply to Neve Gordon by David Hirsh
Hirsh, David. 2010. A reply to Neve Gordon by David Hirsh. Engage, 0-0.

Accusations of malicious intent in debates about the Palestine-Israel conflict and about antisemitism The Livingstone Formulation, ‘playing the antisemitism card’ and contesting the boundaries of antiracist discourse
Hirsh, David. 2010. Accusations of malicious intent in debates about the Palestine-Israel conflict and about antisemitism The Livingstone Formulation, ‘playing the antisemitism card’ and contesting the boundaries of antiracist discourse. Transversal, 1, pp. 47-77. ISSN 1 607-629X

Jews as canaries and hawks
Hirsh, David. 2009. Jews as canaries and hawks. Ha'aretz, Tel Aviv, p. 12.

Do not confine Jews to the couch
Hirsh, David. 2009. Do not confine Jews to the couch. Jewish Chronicle, p. 19.

Occupation, not apartheid
Hirsh, David. 2008. Occupation, not apartheid. Mail and Guardian, South Africa, p. 14.

Unjust, unhelpful: arguments against the academic boycott of Israel
Hirsh, David. 2008. Unjust, unhelpful: arguments against the academic boycott of Israel. Democratiya, 13, pp. 135-148.

Unjust, unhelpful: arguments against the academic boycott of Israel
Hirsh, David. 2008. Unjust, unhelpful: arguments against the academic boycott of Israel. Democratiya, 13, pp. 135-148.

It’s not about Israel, stupid
Hirsh, David. 2007. It’s not about Israel, stupid. Ynet news, p. 1.

The trial of Andrei Sawoniuk: Holocaust testimony under cross-examination
Hirsh, David. 2001. The trial of Andrei Sawoniuk: Holocaust testimony under cross-examination. Social and Legal Studies, 10(4), pp. 529-545. ISSN 09646639

Report

Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections
Hirsh, David. 2007. Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections. Working Paper. Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) Occasional Papers, New Haven, CT.