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David Hirsh, BSc MA PhD

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Sociology
Department Sociology
Email d.hirsh (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7730
David Hirsh, BSc MA PhD

David has been in the sociology department at Goldsmiths since 2003.  He studied Sociology at City University, London; he did an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory at Warwick; and he wrote his PhD there on Crimes Against Humanity and International Law.

He was the holder of the Sociological Review Fellowship which enabled him to write Law against Genocide: cosmopolitan trials. 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’s new book, out in September 2017, is ‘Contemporary Left Antisemitism’.  It begins with a chapter on the Livingstone Formulation, a standard response which accuses Jews of raising the issue of antisemitism in bad faith only in order to silence criticism of Israel or to smear the left. It has two chapters about the rise of antizionist and antisemitic politics in the British Labour movement and two chapters about the campaign to exclude Israelis from the academic, cultural, sporting and economic life of humanity.  It has a critique of antizionism and the apartheid analogy; it also looks at specifically Jewish antizionism; it examines case studies of openly antisemitic discourse which have emerged out of antizionism; it discusses struggles over defining antisemitism; and it thinks about specifically sociological approaches to understanding contemporary antisemitism.

Follow this link to listen to an interview with David about both left wing and right wing antisemitism following Donald Trump’s victory, and about the campaign to exclude Israeli academics from our campuses. 

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

Follow this link to read David’s submission to the Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism and racism in the Labour Party.

Scroll down and follow the ‘publications’ tab to find links to many scholarly and journalistic articles written by David Hirsh.

You can find David on facebook and he tweets @DavidHirsh

Follow this link for David Hirsh's documentary about antisemitism in the Labour party, 'Whitewashed.'

Research Interests

Contemporary antisemitism; crimes against humanity; totalitarianism and totalitarian movements; the new populism; democracy and critiques of democracy.

Teaching

David teaches a number of first year introductory lectures on our undergraduate sociology courses, he convenes the second year criminology core and he teaches a second-year option course, ‘Crimes against Humanity’.  He also teaches on the sociology of human rights at MA level and he supervises students at PhD level.

In 2006/7, David was a Research Fellow at Yale University.

David acted as an expert witness in South African Jewish Board of Deputies v Bongani Masuku, Johannesburg, Feb 2017 and in South African Jewish Board of Deputies v Islamic Unity Convention, Cape Town, 2012.

David is active in, and was a co-convenor of, Research Network 31 in the European Sociological Association on Racism, Antisemitism and Ethnic Relations.

David was a member of Experts Forums at the Inter-parliamentary Conference on Combating Antisemitism, hosted by the Canadian Government, Ottawa, 2010, the London Conference for Combatting Antisemitism, London, 2009, and a number of Global Forums for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem.

 

 

Research Interests

Contemporary antisemitism; crimes against humanity; totalitarianism and totalitarian movements; the new populism; democracy and critiques of democracy.

Publications

Book

Copntemporary Left Antisemitism
Hirsh, David. 2018. Copntemporary Left Antisemitism. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-23530-4

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

Book Section

How raising the issue of antisemitism puts you outside the community of the progressive: The Livingstone Formulation
Hirsh, David. 2017. How raising the issue of antisemitism puts you outside the community of the progressive: The Livingstone Formulation. In: Eunice G Pollack, ed. Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Past & Present. Boston: Academic Studies Press. ISBN 9781618115652

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, pp. 377-397. ISBN 978-0415242721

Struggles over the Contemporary Definition of Antisemitism
Hirsh, David. Struggles over the Contemporary Definition of Antisemitism. In: J G Campbell and L D Klaff, eds. Unity & Diversity in Contemporary Antisemitism: The Bristol-Sheffield-Hallam Colloquium on Contemporary Antisemitism. Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press.

Article

The Livingstone Formulation fails to rescue Livingstone
Hirsh, David. 2016. The Livingstone Formulation fails to rescue Livingstone. Engage,

Jew Hate and Today's Left
Hirsh, David. 2016. Jew Hate and Today's Left. The Jewish Chronicle, pp. 2-3.

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.

Against the "Academic Intifada"
Hirsh, David. 2005. Against the "Academic Intifada". Dissent, pp. 77-80. ISSN 0012-3846

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

Film/Video

Whitewashed: Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party
Hirsh, David and Anisfeld, Ollie. 2017. Whitewashed: Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Report

Submission to the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into Antisemitism in the Labour Party
Hirsh, David. 2016. Submission to the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into Antisemitism in the Labour Party. Other. Engage, Engage website.

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.

Other

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and Antisemitism
Hirsh, David. 2012. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and Antisemitism. Academic Engagement Network, Washington DC.

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