Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Program for Research against Hate and Bigotry

 

The Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research against Hate and Bigotry

The Center's Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research against Hate and Bigotry was inaugurated in 2005. Established by the late Mr. Vidal Angel of Vancouver, in honor of his grandfather Vidal, the scholarships are funded by an endowment of $800,000 bequeathed by the donor specifically to the Center through the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University.

One postdoctoral scholarship is awarded each year. The recipient receives a fellowship at the Center, along with an $18,000 scholarship and $4,000 research grant. In accordance with the donor's instructions, the grant may be used for participation in conferences abroad.

2013-2014

The current Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellow for Research against Hate and Bigotry is Dr. Nelly Kfir, who received her PhD in Anthropology and Sociology from Tel Aviv University. Dr. Kfir's study builds on the anthropology of human rights and considers the “social life” (Wilson, 1997) of labor migrants’ rights in two nominally “non-immigration” countries: Israel and Singapore. It focuses on the role of NGOs and migrants in giving life to rights in these countries. Nelly's areas of research include: migration, human rights, civil society and NGOs.

2012-2013

The recipient of the Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research against Hate and Bigotry in 2012-2013 was Dr. Shiri Regev-Messalem, who received her PhD from Stanford University Law School. Dr. Regev's research is based on a bottom up qualitative approach and surveys the responses of marginalized populations, especially Israeli Arab, ultra-orthodox and poor women, to welfare policies conducted in Israel today.

2011-2012

The recipient of the Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research against Hate and Bigotry in 2011-2012 was Dr. Ruthie Ginsburg, who received her PhD in Hermaneutics from Bar-Ilan University. Dr. Guinsburg's study examined the relations between cultural practices such as art, dance or even religous ceremonies, to society narratives and memory.

2010-2011

The recipient of the Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellow for Research against Hate and Bigotry was Dr. Einat Albin, who received her PhD in Law from Oxford University in 2010. Dr. Albin's research focused on prejudice, racism and discrimination in the Israeli construction workers section.

2009-2010

The recipient of the Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research against Hate and Bigotry in 2009-2010 was Dr. Meital Pinto who recieved her PhD in law from the University of Toronto. Dr. Pinto's research, "a new perspective on the rights of minorities within minorities", dealt with examining the rights of minorities within minorities in multicultural societies and to distinguish between cases in which their claim should be perceived in terms of their rights to equality, and cases in which their claim should be perceived in terms of their right to culture – the same culture that majority members within their minority group aim to protect and preserve. Such a conclusion should be drawn if we pay careful attention to the concept of group rights.

2008-2009

The recipient of the Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research against Hate and Bigotry in 2008-2009 was Dr. Yaël Ronen, who received her PhD in law from Cambridge University. Her research, "Genocide, Media, and International Law", aimed to examine the role of mass media with respect to genocide and other ethnic-hatred related phenomena regulated by international law, focusing on the prohibition on incitement to genocide from both an international criminal law and an international human rights law perspective.

2007-2008

The recipient of the Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research against Hate and Bigotry in 2007-2008 was Dr. Nir Halevy, who received his PhD in Psychology and Business Management from the Hebrew University. His research consisted of four projects, that used empirical experiments to explore the relations between groups and individuals as well as inter-group relations.

2006-2007

The recipient of the Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Scholarship for Research against Hate and Bigotry in 2006-2007 was Dr. Yousef Jabareen, who received his PhD in law from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. His research addressed the issue of equal employment opportunities from a comparative perspective, discussing lessons from America to Israel.

2005-2006

The first recipients of the scholarships in 2005-2006 were:

Dr. Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, who received her PhD in Theatre Arts from Tel Aviv University. Dr. Gesser-Edelsburg's research is entitled: "Encouraging tolerance and confronting hatred and racism among youth through theater: Are educational plays an important and effective tool?" and she presented her findings at the Minerva Biennial Conference in December 2006.

Dr. Sophie Walsh, who received her PhD in Psychology from Bar Ilan University. Dr. Walsh's research is entitled: "The experience of the 'other': Individual differences in the experience of prejudice, discrimination and racism among young immigrant adults and their association with positive and negative adaptation".