David Newman (political geographer)

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David Newman
David Newman.jpg
Born (1956-07-04) 4 July 1956 (age 62)
Alma materDurham University, University of London
Known forGeopolitics, Borders, Territory in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical geography; Geopolitics
InstitutionsBen‑Gurion University of the Negev, Tel Aviv University
Websitedavid-newman.net

David Newman OBE (Hebrew: דיויד ניומן; born 4 July 1956) is a British-Israeli scholar in political geography and geopolitics. He is a professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Department of Politics and Government and was this department's first chairperson.[1] Newman also served as chief editor of the academic journal Geopolitics and as Dean of BGU's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Biography[edit]

David Newman was born in London. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Queen Mary College at the University of London (1978) and a PhD in geography from the University of Durham (1981).

In 1982 he immigrated to Israel, following which he was appointed as lecturer in the Tel Aviv University Department of Geography.

In 1987 he became a senior lecturer in the Department of Geography at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. From 1996 to 1998 he served as Director of its Hubert Humphrey Institute for Social Research. In 1988 he founded the Ben-Gurion University Department of Politics and Government,[2] and served as its first chairperson until 2003. That year he facilitated the founding of the BGU Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS), with which he is affiliated.

From 1997 to 2003 and again from 2009 until 2016, Newman published a weekly op-ed column in the Jerusalem Post. He also published essays and opinion columns in newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and Tikkun Magazine. His political activities have focused on the Israeli peace camp, arguing for territorial withdrawal and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as part of a Two-state solution to the conflict.

From 1999–2014 Newman served as editor, together with Professor John Agnew from UCLA and more recently with Prof Simon Dalby from the University of Waterloo in Canada, of the international journal Geopolitics, published quarterly by Taylor and Francis (Routledge).[3]

Newman played a leading role in the defence of Israeli universities and the academic community in the face of a proposed academic boycott of Israel during 2006–2008.[4][5][6][7]

Since the mid-1990s, Newman has been active in activities which negate the attempts to impose any form of academic boycott on Israeli scholars or institutions. He has been subject to attacks by organisations in Israel that Newman has described as "extremist right-wing groups", such as IsraCampus, Academic Monitor, Im Tirzu, and the NGO Monitor,[8][9] for his founding and leadership of the Department of Politics and Government at the University and for his left of center political positions on the Arab–Israeli conflict. During 2012–2013, Newman was active in defending his University and Department against attempts at right wing political intervention on the part of Israel's Council of Higher Education.

During the years 2013–2016 Newman was Dean of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences at BGU.

Newman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to higher education and the humanities and promoting academic links between the UK and Israel.[10]

In June 2014, Ben Gurion University appointed Newman as the first incumbent of a new University Professorial Chair in Geopolitics.[11]

In 2016 a student filed a sexual harassment complaint against Prof. Newman.[12] Disciplinary proceedings followed.[13]

Newman wrote or coauthored the following entries in the Encyclopedia Judaica: aliyah, Gush Emunim, State of Israel, and religious peace movements.[14]

Affiliations and public activities[edit]

Newman is associated with a number of border and boundary related institutions, such as the International Boundaries Research Unit[15] in the UK, the Association of Borderland Studies[16] in the USA, the Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) network, and, until 2012, as the Secretary of the Commission on the World Political Map (WPM) of the International Geographical Union.[17] He has facilitated and attended as keynote speaker at international gatherings dealing with geopolitical and border related issues. Newman has spent periods of time as visiting professor and research fellow at a number of universities and research institutions throughout Europe and North America. In 2006, Newman was the Leverhulme Professor in Geopolitics at the University of Bristol in the UK.

Newman has been involved in a series of research projects, peace-related activities and a variety of Track II discussions and negotiations. This includes joint Israeli-Palestinian projects looking at territorial and border issues, funded by the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (both with Ghazi Falah, the United States Institute of Peace in a project examining potential cross-border co-operation between Israel and a future Palestinian State, a European Union consortium project looking at the role of the EU in intervening in border conflicts,[18] and a European Union Partnership in Peace programme, facilitating peace related workshops for religious teachers in Israel and Palestine. From 2012–2016, Newman is part of a 20 university pan-European consortium of the FP7 (EU) funded project on Borderscapes, headed up by the University of Joensuu in Finland. In 2013, Newman and Ben-Gurion University became part of the new borders project, Borders in Globalization, funded by the Canadian SSHRC and headed by Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly at the University of Victoria, Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newman, David (19 June 2007). "Full Profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2018. In 1998, he founded the Department of Politics and Government, and served as its first chair from 1998-2003.
  2. ^ Information on the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  3. ^ http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14650045.asp Geopolitics at Taylor and Francis
  4. ^ http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1180450954999&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
  5. ^ http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1206632360404
  6. ^ http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1188392510998&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
  7. ^ Newman, David. "The academic boycott of Israel", Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2 (2), 45–56, 2008.
  8. ^ David Newman (5 December 2011). "An academic lynching". The Jerusalem Post.
  9. ^ David Newman (9 February 2010). "Borderline Views: The politics of delegitimization". The Jerusalem Post.
  10. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 25.
  11. ^ http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Pages/news/Profchair_geopolitics.aspx
  12. ^ Skop, Yarden (2016-05-03). "Ben Gurion University's Prof. David Newman Faces Disciplinary Proceedings Over Sexual Harassment Complaint". Haaretz. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  13. ^ סקופ, ירדן (2016-11-21). "דיקאן בבן גוריון הועמד לדין משמעתי על הטרדה מינית של סטודנטית - ונענש בנזיפה". הארץ (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  14. ^ http://jevzajcg.me/enciklopedia/Encyclopaedia%20Judaica,%20v.%2001%20(Aa-Alp).pdf
  15. ^ http://www-ibru.dur.ac.uk
  16. ^ http://www.absborderlands.org
  17. ^ http://www.cas.muohio.edu/igu-cpg
  18. ^ Yacobi, Haim & Newman, David, 'The EU and the Israel/Palestine Conflict', In Thomas Diez, Mathias Albert & Stephan Stetter (Eds) The European Union and Border Conflicts. Cambridge University Press, pp. 173–202, 2008

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