NEW BOOKS BY MEMBERS

 
  

ISRAEL AS A MODERN ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIMENTAL LAB, 1948-1978

Edited by Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler and Anat Geva Series edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Christiane Gruber

(Intellect, 2020, ISBN 9781789380644, 390 pages)

This collection discusses the innovative and experimental architecture of Israel during its first three decades following the nation’s establishment in 1948. Written by leading researchers, the volume highlights new perspectives on the topic, discussing the inception, modernization and habitation of historic and lesser-researched areas alike in its interrogation. Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler and Anat Geva show how Israeli nation building, in its cultural, political and historical contexts, constituted an exceptional experiment in modern architecture. Examples include modern experiments in mass housing design; public architecture such as exhibition spaces, youth villages and synagogues; a necessary consideration of climate in modern architectural experiments; and the exportation of Israeli modern architecture to other countries.

 

NEW ISSUE OF CURRENTS: BRIEFS ON CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL FROM UCLA Y&S NAZARIAN CENTER

The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is pleased to announce the release of its second issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, a bi-annual publication series comprised of research-informed essays that explore contemporary issues and trends in Israel. Each essay approaches an issue from a theoretical, comparative, or historical perspective to offer scholarly insights on current developments.

The new issue features a timely and insightful article by Dr. Uri Dorchin, "The History, Politics and Social Construction of 'Blackness' in Israel." An anthropologist specializing in cultural interactions, Dorchin analyzes how Blackness in Israel has shaped ties between Jews and Arabs, Mizrahim and Ashkenazim, Ethiopians and other immigrants from Africa.

For a pdf copy of the new Currents, click here.

Dorchin was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nazarian Center. His edited book Blackness in Israel: Rethinking Racial Boundaries is forthcoming in Routledge (2020).

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is an academic center that promotes a broader and deeper understanding of Israel?s history, politics, society, and culture as a modern democratic state. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and a dispassionate approach, the center provides opportunities for students, faculty and scholars to conduct research, teach and learn about Israel, whatever their politics or backgrounds.

We hope that you enjoy this second issue of Currents, and welcome your feedback.

If you are interested in contributing to Currents, please reach out to our Managing Editor.

Sincerely,

Prof. Dov Waxman                                           

Director                                                              

The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert

Foundation Chair in Israel Studies

 

THE WAR OF RETURN

HOW WESTERN INDULGENCE OF THE PALESTINIAN DREAM HAS OBSTRUCTED THE PATH TO PEACE

By: Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf

(St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2020, ISBN: 9781250252760, 304 Pages)

Two prominent Israeli liberals argue that for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to end with peace, Palestinians must come to terms with the fact that there will be no "right of return."

In 1948, seven hundred thousand Palestinians were forced out of their homes by the first Arab-Israeli War. More than seventy years later, most of their houses are long gone, but millions of their descendants are still registered as refugees, with many living in refugee camps. This group—unlike countless others that were displaced in the aftermath of World War II and other conflicts—has remained unsettled, demanding to settle in the state of Israel. Their belief in a "right of return" is one of the largest obstacles to successful diplomacy and lasting peace in the region.

In The War of Return, Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf—both liberal Israelis supportive of a two-state solution—reveal the origins of the idea of a right of return, and explain how UNRWA - the very agency charged with finding a solution for the refugees - gave in to Palestinian, Arab and international political pressure to create a permanent “refugee” problem. They argue that this Palestinian demand for a “right of return” has no legal or moral basis and make an impassioned plea for the US, the UN, and the EU to recognize this fact, for the good of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

A runaway bestseller in Israel, the first English translation of The War of Return is certain to spark lively debate throughout America and abroad.

 

THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: AN INTRODUCTION AND DOCUMENTARY READER 2nd edition

By: Gregory Mahler, ed.

(Routledge, 2019, ISBN-13: 978-1138047686, ISBN-10: 1138047686, 416 pages)

The Arab-Israeli conflict has been one of the most protracted and contentious disputes in modern history. This wide-ranging textbook examines the diplomatic and historical setting within which the conflict developed, from both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives, and gives a comprehensive overview of the peace process. The new edition includes a revised and updated introduction and a wider selection of documents up through the first year of the Trump presidency. Enabling students to easily access and study original documents through the supportive framework of a textbook, THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT:

* presents over 80 of the most important and widely cited documents in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

* presents these documents in an edited form to highlight key elements

* includes an introductory chapter which sets the context for the study of the history of the conflict

* covers a comprehensive historical period, ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day

* incorporates a wide range of pedagogical aids: original documents, maps, and boxed sections

This important textbook is an essential aid for courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East peace process, and will be an invaluable reference tool for all students of political science, Middle East studies, and history.

 

LEAVING ZION: JEWISH EMIGRATION FROM PALESTINE AND ISRAEL AFTER WORLD WAR II

By: Ori Yehudai

(Cambridge University Press, 2020, ISBN: 1108478344, 282 pages)

The story of Israel's foundation has often been told from the perspective of Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel. Leaving Zion turns this historical narrative on its head, focusing on Jewish out-migration from Palestine and Israel between 1945 and the late 1950s. Based on previously unexamined primary sources collected from twenty-two archives in six countries, Ori Yehudai demonstrates that despite the dominant view that displaced Jews should settle in the Jewish homeland, many Jews instead saw the country as a site of displacement or a way-station to more desirable lands. Weaving together the perspectives of governments, aid organizations, Jewish communities and the personal stories of individual migrants, Yehudai brings to light the ideological, political and social tensions surrounding emigration. Covering events in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, this study provides a fresh transnational perspective on the critical period surrounding the birth of Israel and the post-Holocaust reconstruction of the Jewish world.

 

VLADIMIR JABOTINSKY'S RUSSIAN YEARS, 1900-1925

By: Brian J Horowitz

(Indiana University Press, 2020, ISBN-10: 0253047684, ISBN-13: 978-0253047687, 290 pages)

In Vladimir Jabotinsky’s Russian Years, the award-winning scholar Brian Horowitz attempts to untangle the riddle of Jabotinsky’s life and philosophy. In vivid, graceful prose, he considers Jabotinsky’s development in the crucible of his Russian years, 1880–TK. He ponders the events and experiences that affected Jabotinsky, and the Russian milieu that shaped him so profoundly. He explains how Jabotinsky became a committed Zionist, uniquely attuned to the yearnings of the Jewish soul for a homeland.

A man of great contradictions, Jabotinsky was tough but refined, a Shakespeare-quoting humanist who relished the brutal realpolitik of state-building. Horowitz captures Jabotinsky in his entirety, never simplifying him. With insight and precision, Horowitz describes Jabotinsky’s vision for a Jewish state; his controversial position on Arab–Jewish coexistence; his obsession with Jewish honor, discipline, and self-sacrifice. Using rare and unused materials, some thought to be lost, Horowitz performs a feat of scholarly synthesis, adding insights gleaned from close readings of Jabotinsky’s essays, public statements, and autobiography, Story of My Life.

 
IYUNIM: MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN ISRAELI AND MODERN JEWISH SOCIETY (HEBREW)

Issue 33 has been published!

Editor: Avi Bareli ׀ Assistant Editor: Orna Miller

Editorial Board: Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Kimmy Caplan, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, Nissim Leon, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ilana Rosen, Ofer Shiff

Iyunim is a semi-annual journal, published by the Ben-Gurion

Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Sede-Boker. The journal holds two series:

I) The semi-annual series: Each volume contains research articles in various fields that specializes in modern Jewish society and Israeli society and stat, since the end of the 19th century. The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines, such as history, sociology, philosophy, political science, economics, culture, geography, art, gender.

II) The thematic series: Each of its issues is dedicated to a significant current topic within the journal's fields of interest. This two-series format – the semi-annul and the thematic one – provides an invigorating and on-going platform for discussing the most prominent questions of state, society and culture in Israel.

Contents

Dan Naor Did All Roads Really Lead to Beirut? Menachem Begin’s Lebanese Policy, 1977-1982׀ Aharon Kampinsky Minister Zevulun Hamer’s Ambivalent Attitude to the Peace Process with Egypt ׀Uri Cohen Blocking Social Mobility in the Open University: Govering Institutions and the Council for Higher Education, 1974-1987 ׀ Ram Yehoshua Adut Dad Works, Mom Makes a Living: Life Stories of Mizrahi-Jews and Arab-Israelis of the ‘First Mobility Generation’ ׀ Deborah Bernstein, Talia Pfefferman From Haifa to Berlin: The Jewish Bourgeoisie in Palestine in the Early 20th Century from a Gender Perspective ׀ Roy Weintraub History Education in State-Religious Schools during the Past Decade ׀ Yair Seltenreich Shaping a Mobilized Culture: The 1936 Riots and the 'Hashomer' Collection ׀ Ofer Kenig, Chen Friedberg Does the Knesset Reflect the Composition of Israeli Society? Changes in Representative Gaps, 1977-2019 ׀ Tal Lento Under the Radar: The Adoption of the Constructive Vote of No-Confidence in Israel

The issue is available online on 'Iyunim' and 'Kotar' websites. For now, it is only available in digital format.

Contact info: 972-8-6596940 ; omiller@bgu.ac.il ; http://www.bgu.ac.il/iyunim

  

CAN ACADEMICS CHANGE THE WORLD? AN ISRAELI ANTHROPOLOGIST'S TESTIMONY ON THE RISE AND FALL OF A PROTEST MOVEMENT ON CAMPUS

By: Moshe Shokeid

(Berghahn 2020, ISBN 978-1-78920-698, 206 pages)

Moshe Shokeid narrates his experiences as a member of AD KAN (NO MORE), a protest movement of Israeli academics at Tel Aviv University, who fought against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, founded during the first Palestinian Intifada (1987-1993). However, since the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin and the later obliteration of the Oslo accord, public manifestations of dissent on Israeli campuses have been remarkably mute. This chronicle of AD KAN is explored in view of the ongoing theoretical discourse on the role of the intellectual in society and is compared with other account of academic involvement in different countries during periods of acute political conflict.

 

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN NON-SECULAR MIDDLE EASTERN AND NORTH AFRICAN STATES

By: Mark Tessler

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, Print ISBN: 978-3-030-19842-8, Online ISBN: 978-3-030-19843-5, 469 pages)

This book describes and compares the circumstances and lived experiences of religious minorities in Tunisia, Morocco, and Israel in the 1970s, countries where the identity and mission of the state are strongly and explicitly tied to the religion of the majority. The politics and identity of Jews in Tunisia and Morocco and Arabs in Israel are, therefore, shaped to a substantial degree by their status as religious minorities in non-secular states. This collection, based on in-depth fieldwork carried out during an important moment in the history of each community, and of the region, considers the nature and implications of each group’s response to its circumstances.  It focuses on both the community and individual levels of analysis and draws, in part, on original public opinion surveys. It also compares the three communities in order to offer generalizable insights about ways the identity, political culture, and institutional character of a minority group are shaped by the broader political environment in which it resides. The project will appeal to scholars and students in the fields of Middle Eastern and North African studies, Judaic studies, Islamic Studies, minority group politics, and international relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

 

THE ROAD TO PARTITION: UNSCOP AND THE BEGINNING OF UNITED NATIONS INVOLVEMENT IN THE ARAB-ISRAEL CONFLICT

By: Elad Ben-Dror

(Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2019, ISBN 978-965-217-433-8, 364 pages, in Hebrew)

This first-ever systematic study of UNSCOP, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, traces how a majority of the committee’s members came to adopt, almost in full, the demands of the Zionist movement. It thus played a decisive role in establishing the state of Israel and in the evolution of Israel-Arab conflict. UNSCOP, appointed in 1947 when the British asked the United Nations to help it formulate a policy on Palestine’s future, performed an intensive inquiry into the country that summer. In the end, its eleven members, from eleven different countries, recommended the end of the British Mandate and the partition of Palestine into two independent sovereign states, one Jewish, on a majority of the territory, and one Arab. These two states, along with Jerusalem, which was designated to come under UN rule, would be linked by mechanisms that would ensure their economic unity. These recommendations formed the basis for the debate at the second session of the UN General Assembly. After making minor changes, the General Assembly adopted the plan on November 29, 1947. In large measure, the decision set in motion the establishment of Israel.

The book offers a comprehensive account of UNSCOP and its work. It is based on extensive archival material, some newly declassified and explains how the members of the committee reached their conclusions. Most of the source material comes from the UN Archives in New York. But, as it also seeks to account for the personal viewpoint of each of the committee’s members, it also makes use of documents they produced and archives of their papers. This wide-ranging approach has produced some findings of great historical importance.

 

MOVING THROUGH CONFLICT:  DANCE AND POLITCS IN ISRAEL, 1ST EDITION

Edited by: Dina Roginsky, Henia Rottenberg

(Routledge, 2019, ISBN Hardback: 9780367406875, ISBN eBook: 9780367808518, 176 pages)

Moving through Conflict: Dance and Politics in Israel is a pioneering project in examining the Israeli–Palestinian conflict through dance. It proposes a research framework for study of the social, cultural, aesthetic and political dynamics between Jews and Arabs as reflected in dance from late 19th-century Palestine to present-day Israel.

Drawing on multiple disciplines, this book examines a variety of social and theatrical venues (communities, dance groups, evening classes and staged performances), dance genres (folk dancing, social dancing and theatrical dancing) and different cultural identities (Israeli, Palestinian and American). Underlying this work is a fundamental question: can the body and dance operate as nonverbal autonomous agents to mediate change in conflicting settings, transforming the "foreign" into the "familiar"? Or are they bound to their culturally dependent significance – and thus nothing more than additional sites of an embodied politics?

This anthology expounds on various studies on dance, historical periods, points of view and points of contact that help promote thinking about this fundamental issue. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of dance studies, sociology, anthropology, art history, education and cultural studies, as well as conflict and resolution studies.

 

BEN GURION, A BIOGRAPHY
Two Volumes

Book One: The Conquest of Leadership; Book Two: The Leader - His Rise and Fall

By: Yossi Goldstein

(Bar-Ilan University Press, 2019, ISBN: 978-965-226-510-4, 1440 pages, in Hebrew)

The book covers the life of David Ben-Gurion from his early years in Plonsk, Poland, until his death in 1973. This picture of his life, presented in two volumes, differs from previous biographies and studies of Ben-Gurion with regard to the facts recounted, the insights drawn, the nature of the historical analyses, and its conclusions.

The biography is based on primary sources, some of which have never been drawn on previously—Ben-Gurion’s diary, an irreplaceable historical source for his life, actions, and thought (even though it is tendentious and of limited reliability); his letters; the minutes of meetings he attended; selections from the press—as well as secondary sources. Its composition required me to grapple with many questions associated with the historical importance of its subject—the greatest Jewish statesman of all time—and his complex personality. Who was he? The wisest of men? Gifted with superb intuition? A fierce and cantankerous fighter? A master propagandist? A political manipulator? Stubborn as a mule? An odd sort of fellow?

I found links between historical developments and his personality traits. Ben-Gurion was not afraid to make difficult decisions, even when he knew that their outcome could be disastrous, even when he recognized that his political, military, economic, and diplomatic analyses might be mistaken. He knew how to decide and impose his authority. After he did so he insisted on his way, even if the opposition to him was dramatic. There is no doubt that sometimes his analyses of the situation were erroneous, and one could see those mistakes as the essence. Nevertheless, there has been no leader of his stature who exerted such a strong influence on Jewish society in the modern age and whose dramatic decisions determined the long-term character and development of Israel.

Volume 1 of the biography begins in his birthplace, Plonsk, and continues with his immigration to Palestine and integration into the Second Aliya. It continues with his period in the United States, return to Palestine, and emergence as the leader of the Histadrut. The book describes, explains, and analyzes his success in turning the Histadrut into the most important political, economic, and social player in the Yishuv during the Mandate and the first years of statehood. It also traces how Ben-Gurion, after his elevation to the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency in 1935, became the man who led the Yishuv to political independence. Volume 2 begins with the proclamation of the state and the War of Independence, continues with a description and analysis of his years as prime minister, and concludes with his death.

 

BREAKING THE BINARIES IN SECURITY STUDIES: A GENDERED ANALYSIS OF WOMEN IN COMBAT

By: Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah

(Oxford University Press, 2020; ISBN: 9780190072582; 168 Pages)

The book focuses on the study of Israeli women combat soldiers and veterans. It addresses this issue by bringing the soldiers' voices and silences to the forefront of research and by presenting the women soldiers as narrators. Our book introduces a theoretical framework in Critical Security Studies for understanding – by binary deconstructions of the terms used in these fields – the integration of women soldiers into combat and combat-support roles and the challenges they face. The book explores the voices and silences of women who served in combat roles in the Israeli Defense Forces. The analysis, however, extends beyond the Israeli case insofar as the book offers important general insights into the larger issues of the links between war and gender, trauma and gender, and politics and gender. The book draws on Feminist theories in International Relations and security studies and introduces an interdisciplinary theoretical perspective that aims to lead scholars to consider why and how women’s experiences should be incorporated into the analysis of violence, state violence, combat trauma, security and in-security. If further sheds light on under-studied aspects of the Israeli society.

 

IYUNIM: MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN ISRAELI AND MODERN JEWISH SOCIETY (HEBREW)

Issue 32 has just been published!!!

Editor: Avi Bareli/Assistant Editor:Orna Miller/Editorial Board:Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Kimmy Caplan, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, Nissim Leon, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ilana Rosen, Ofer Shiff

Iyunim is a semi-annual journal, published by the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Sede-Boker.

The journal holds two series:

I) The semi-annual series: Each volume contains research articles in various fields that specializes in modern Jewish society and Israeli society and state.

The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines, such as history, sociology, philosophy, political science, economics, culture, geography, art, gender.

II) The thematic series: Each of its issues is dedicated to a significant current topic within the journal's fields of interest. This two-series format – the semi-annul and the thematic one – provides an invigorating and on-going platform for discussing the most prominent questions of state, society and culture in Israel.

Contents of 32

Ronen Traube, Moshe Dayan and the Palestinian Issue:The Local Elections in the West Bank, 1972 / Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman, The Religious Women Party in the First Knesset Election: Failure or Achievement? / Meir Chazan, Ben-Gurion and Britain, 1930-1939 / Yair Berlin, ‘Talmud Industry’: Daf Yomi and Modern Consumer Culture / Adia Mendelson Maoz, Palestine, My Love: Place and Home in the Literary Works of Sayed Kashua / Elazar Ben Lulu, Ethnography of Ethiopian Sigd in an Israeli Reform Congregation / Udi Carmi, The Americanization of Muscular Judaism / Itamar Radai, Jews from Islamic Countries – Images and Perceptions in the Yishuv Society: The Case of Hannah Helena Thon / Orly C. Meron, Haifa and Beirut in a Comparative Perspective:Jewish Entrepreneurship between the British and the French Mandates/

Kobi Cohen-Hattab, Establishing the Israel State Archives 1948-1950

The issue is available in the academic libraries, the bookstores, and at the distributor "Sifrut Ahshav", 972-3-9229175

Office: 08-6596940 ; omiller@bgu.ac.il ; http://www.bgu.ac.il/iyunim

 

ANNOUNCING THE PUBLICATION OF A SPECIAL ISSUE

"Israel at 70: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Society, Culture and Politics" in Contemporary Review of the Middle East volume 6, issue 3-4The guest editors are Csaba Nikolenyi, Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and Paula Kabalo, Director of The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.

Table of contents:

Csaba Nikolenyi and Paula Kabalo
Introduction: Israel Studies “Here” and “There”

Judith Weisz Woodsworth
A Language for Israel: The Role of Translation in Building the Resources of Hebrew

Sigal Barkai
Neurotic Fantasy: The Third Temple as Metaphor in the Contemporary Israeli Art of Nira Pereg and Yael Bartana

Tal-Or Ben-Choreen
The Emergence of Fine Art Photography in Israel in the 1970s to the 1990s through Pedagogical and Social Links with the United States 

Ofer Shiff and David Barak-Gorodetsky
Pan-Jewish Solidarity and the Jewish Significance of Modern Israel: The 1958 ‘Who is a Jew?’ Affair Revisited

Ira Robinson
A Life to Remember: Yehuda Even Shmuel’s Memorialization of His Son, Shmuel Asher Kaufman and the Crisis of his Zionist Vision

Andrea Gondos
Isaiah Tishby, Új Kelet (New East), and the Cultural Mediation of Zionism in Transylvania (1920-1930)

Adi Sherzer-Druckman
Mamlakhtiyut from Across the Ocean: Ben-Gurion and the American-Jewish Community

Paula Kabalo
Israeli Jews from Muslim Countries: Immigrant Associations and Civic Leverage

Yolande Cohen
Zionism, Colonialism and Post-colonial migrations: Moroccan Jews’ Memories of Displacement

Havatzelet Yahel
The Conflict over Land Ownership and Unauthorized Construction in the Negev 

Emir Galilee
A Nomadic State of Mind: Mental Maps of Bedouins in the Negev and Sinai During the Time of the Ottomans, the British Mandate and the State of Israel

Ben Herzog
Presenting Ethnicity: Israeli Citizenship Discourse

Natan Aridan
Setting up Shop for Israel Advocacy – Diaspora ‘Retailers’ and the Israeli ‘Wholesalers’ in the Early Years of Israeli Diplomacy

Csaba Nikolenyi
Party Switching in Israel: Understanding the Split of the Labor Party in 2011

 

THE DECLINE OF THE LEFT WING IN ISRAEL: YOSSI BEILIN AND THE POLITICS OF THE PEACE PROCESS

By: Avi Shilon

(I.B.Tauris, 2019, ISBN-9781838601126, 352 pages)

Yossi Beilin was a seminal figure during the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As deputy foreign minister in the second Rabin government, he was responsible for leading the Oslo process, which was the most important attempt to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. This book is the first to tell the story of the left wing and the peace process based on the private archive of Beilin himself. The thousands of documents – shared exclusively with the author - reveal a far more complete picture of Israel's political-diplomatic history in the late 20th century, and provide new information on key events. Avi Shilon offers a critiques of the 'liberal peace-building' project and analyses the connections between the Labour party's economic policy and foreign policy since the 1970s. This book is both a political biography of Beilin and a new history which recounts the diplomatic processes and social-political changes that occurred in Israel in the past four decades.


ISRAEL UNDER NETANYAHU: DOMESTIC POLITICS AND FOREIGN POLICY

Contributing Editor: Robert O. Freedman

(London and New York: Routledge 2020, Paperback ISBN 978-0-367-35876-1, 310 pages)

The scholars participating in this book are leading experts from both the United States and Israel and represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints  on Israeli domestic politics and foreign policy. The case studies in the book cover  Israel’s main political parties;  highlight the special position in Israel of Israel’s  Arab, Russian and religious communities,  evaluate  Netanyahu’s stewardship of the Israeli economy and analyze his response to terrorism.. The foreign policy   case studies cover Israel’s relations with the United States, the American Jewish Community, Russia, the Palestinians, the Arab World, China, India, Europe , Iran and Turkey.   Another  highlight of the book is an assessment of Netanyahu’s leadership of the Likud Party, which answers the question as to whether Netanyahu is a pragmatist interested in a peace deal with the Palestinians or an ideologue  who wants to hold on to the West Bank as well as all of Jerusalem.

 

ARAFAT AND ABBAS: PORTRAITS OF LEADERSHIP IN A STATE POSTPONED 

By: Menachem Klein

(Oxford University Press, 2019, ISBN-10, 0190087587, ISBN-13: 978-0190087586; 256 pages)

This landmark volume presents vivid and intimate portraits of Palestinian Presidents Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, revealing the impact these different personalities have had on the struggle for national self-determination. Arafat and Abbas lived in Palestine as young children. Uprooted by the 1948 war, they returned in 1994 to serve as the first and second presidents of the Palestinian Authority, the establishment of which has been the Palestine Liberation Organization's greatest step towards self-determination for the Palestinian nation. Both Arafat and Abbas were shaped by earlier careers in the PLO, and each adopted their own controversial leadership methods and decision-making styles.

Drawing on primary sources in Arabic, Hebrew and English, Klein gives special attention to the lesser known Abbas: his beliefs and his disagreements with Israeli and American counterparts. The book uncovers new details about Abbas' peace talks and US foreign policy towards Palestine, and analyses the political evolution of Hamas and Abbas' succession struggle. Klein also highlights the tension between the ageing leader and his society.

Arafat and Abbas offers a comprehensive and balanced account of the Palestinian Authority's achievements and failures over its twenty- five years of existence. What emerges is a Palestinian nationalism that refuses to disappear.

 

PALESTINE TO ISRAEL: MANDATE TO STATE, 1945-1948

Two volumes

Volume I:  Rebellion Launched

Volume II: Into the International Arena 

By: Monty Noam Penkower

(Touro University Press, 2019; Vol 1. IBSN: 9781618118745, Vol. 2 ISBN: 9781618118776, Vol. 1 357 pages, Vol. 2 469 pages)

Seventy years after the creation of the State of Israel, Palestine to Israel: Mandate to State, 1945-1948 offers the definitive narrative of the achievement of Jewish sovereignty in the beleaguered Promised Land. Professor Monty Noam Penkower explores developments in Palestine and in the Arab states, including how the Palestine quagmire became a pawn in inter-Arab feuds; British and American responses both official and public; the role of Holocaust survivors; the context of the Cold War; and the saga as it unfolded in the corridors of the United Nations. Joining extensive archival research to a lucid prose, the two volumes offer a riveting conclusion to his Palestine in Turmoil and Decision on Palestine Deferred.

 

YIDDISH IN ISRAEL - A HISTORY

By: Rachel Rojanski

(Indiana University Press, 2020, Hardback ISBN: 978-0-253-04514-0, Paperback ISBN: 978-0-253-04515-7, eBook ISBN: 978-0-253-04518-8, 338 pages)

Yiddish in Israel: A History challenges the commonly held view that Yiddish was suppressed or even banned by Israeli authorities for ideological reasons, offering instead a radical new interpretation of the interaction between Yiddish and Israeli Hebrew cultures. Author Rachel Rojanski tells the compelling and yet unknown story of how Yiddish, the most widely used Jewish language in the pre-Holocaust world, fared in Zionist Israel, the land of Hebrew.

Following Yiddish in Israel from the proclamation of the State until today, Rojanski reveals that although Israeli leadership made promoting Hebrew a high priority, it did not have a definite policy on Yiddish. The language's varying fortune through the years was shaped by social and political developments, and the cultural atmosphere in Israel. Public perception of the language and its culture, the rise of identity politics, and political and financial interests all played a part. Using a wide range of archival sources, newspapers, and Yiddish literature, Rojanski follows the Israeli Yiddish scene through the history of the Yiddish press, Yiddish theater, early Israeli Yiddish literature, and high Yiddish culture. With compassion, she explores the tensions during Israel's early years between Yiddish writers and activists and Israel's leaders, most of whom were themselves Eastern European Jews balancing their love of Yiddish with their desire to promote Hebrew. Finally Rojanski follows Yiddish into the 21st century, telling the story of the revived interest in Yiddish among Israeli-born children of Holocaust survivors as they return to the language of their parents.

 

READING ISRAEL, READING AMERICA: THE POLITICS OF TRANSLATION BETWEEN JEWS

By: Omri Asscher

(Stanford University Press, 2019, Cloth ISBN: 9781503610057, Paper ISBN: 9781503610934, Digital ISBN: 9781503610941, 256 pages)

American and Israeli Jews have historically clashed over the contours of Jewish identity, and their experience of modern Jewish life has been radically different. But what happens when the encounter between American and Israeli Jewishness takes place in literary form—when Jewish American novels make aliyah, or when Israeli novels are imported for consumption by the diaspora? Reading Israel, Reading America explores the politics of translation as it shapes the understandings and misunderstandings of Israeli literature in the United States and American Jewish literature in Israel. Engaging in close readings of translations of iconic novels by the likes of Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, and Yoram Kaniuk, Asscher decodes the ideological encounter between Israeli and American Jews.   

 

SECULARIZING THE SACRED: ASPECTS OF ISRAELI VISUAL CULTURE

By: Alec Mishory

(Brill, 2019, E-Book ISBN: 978-90-04-40527-1, Hardback ISBN: 978-90-04-40526-4, 407 pages)

As historical analyses of Diaspora Jewish visual culture blossom in quantity and sophistication, this book analyzes 19th-20th-century developments in Jewish Palestine and later the State of Israel. In the course of these approximately one hundred years, Zionist Israelis developed a visual corpus and artistic lexicon of Jewish-Israeli icons as an anchor for the emerging “civil religion.” Bridging internal tensions and even paradoxes, artists dynamically adopted, responded to, and adapted significant Diaspora influences for Jewish-Israeli purposes, as well as Jewish religious themes for secular goals, all in the name of creating a new state with its own paradoxes, simultaneously styled on the Enlightenment nation-state and Jewish peoplehood.

 

JOBS RELATED TO ISRAEL STUDIES

CALL FOR VISITING FACULTY AND SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS - UCLA Y&S NAZARIAN CENTER FOR ISRAEL STUDIES

The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites applications for Visiting Faculty and Scholar positions for the 2021-2022 academic year (September 20, 2021 - June 10, 2022). 

Visiting Faculty

The application deadline for Visiting Faculty is September 4, 2020. Faculty with full-time, permanent appointments at Israeli universities--lecturers, senior lecturers, associate professors, and full professors--as well as emeriti faculty are welcome to apply. We are seeking faculty who have a high level of spoken English, and are able to teach at least two courses at UCLA related to modern Israel (the courses do not have to focus solely on Israel). The academic year at UCLA consists of three 10-week quarters of instruction (Fall, Winter and Spring). Visiting faculty must be present on campus for at least two quarters, preferably for the entire academic year. In addition to teaching, visiting faculty are expected to participate in the Nazarian Center’s research activities and public outreach and engage with the broader academic community on campus. We welcome applications from scholars working in a wide range of disciplines, particularly in the social sciences and the humanities. Women and minority applicants are encouraged to apply. This visiting faculty position will be partially funded by the Israel Institute through its visiting faculty program, so applicants will also need to formally apply for this program by September 17, 2020. 


Application Requirements: 1. Letter of Interest 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Teaching proposal, including course descriptions and sample syllabi. Please send your applications to: israel@international.ucla.edu


Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars pursue their own independent research related to modern Israel and are also expected to actively participate in the Nazarian Center’s research and outreach activities. These positions are unpaid, but visiting scholars are provided with office space (when available) and access to UCLA's library and other resources. Applications for the Visiting Scholars program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of March 1, 2021. 


Application Requirements: 1. Letter of Interest, specifying the time period you wish to be in residence at UCLA 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Research Statement 4. Source of funding while visiting UCLA. Please send your applications to: israel@international.ucla.edu

The mission of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is to promote the study of modern Israel at UCLA and beyond. To that end, the Center sponsors courses about Israel for UCLA students, generates and disseminates academic research in the field of Israel Studies, organizes frequent public programs, and hosts visiting scholars, writers and artists. Through our research, teaching and outreach, the Nazarian Center has become an internationally known source of expertise and education about Israel and an intellectually vibrant home for Israel Studies at UCLA.

For further information, please contact Maura Resnick: mkresnick@international.ucla.edu  

 

PART-TIME LECTURER IN HEBREW LANGUAGE

The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies and the MENA Languages Program at Northwestern University invite applications for a part-time Lecturer in Hebrew language, to start on or after September 1, 2020. The successful candidate will teach one section of Introductory or Intermediate Modern Hebrew per academic quarter. This is a non-tenure track position, renewable annually subject to enrollment, available funding, and positive performance.

Candidates must have an advanced degree (MA or PhD) in Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, Linguistics, Education, or a related field, and should preferably have experience in teaching Hebrew as a foreign language at the college level, or have a substantial record of teaching and curricular/program development in a non-college setting. Specialized training in second-language acquisition, second-language pedagogy and/or assessment is highly desirable.

Applications should include the following documents in PDF format: a CV or resume, a cover letter of interest that addresses professional and teaching experience as well as approaches to pedagogy, and the names and contact information of two professional references. Application materials should be submitted by email to davidshy@northwestern.edu.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. AA/EOE.

 

ISRAEL INSTITUTE: SEEKING ISRAELI FACULTY TO TEACH ABOUT ISRAEL IN THE UNITED STATES IN AY2021-2022

The Visiting Faculty Program funds Israeli academics to teach in person about Israel at top universities in the United States. This program gives tenured, tenure-track, and full-time contract Israeli academics the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad teaching about modern Israel and expanding their academic circles. Grant awards range from $50,000 to $80,000 per year, depending on the qualifications of the applicant and the arrangement with the host university. Grant recipients must teach one full-term, three-credit, undergraduate-level course about modern Israel in each semester/quarter of their placement.

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Requirements: Visiting Faculty placements are open to tenured, tenure-track, and full-time contract faculty and professors emeriti from Israeli colleges and universities. All applicants must possess a strong command of English and be able to teach full-term, three-credit, undergraduate-level courses about modern Israel.

To learn more and apply, please visit: https://bit.ly/3h4H13j

Deadline to Apply: September 17, 2020

 

ISRAEL INSTITUTE: MULTI-YEAR TEACHING PLACEMENTS FOR ISRAELI FACULTY AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES STARTING IN AY2021-2022

The Teaching Fellow Program places academics of various ranks and nationalities, who have the interest and expertise to teach in person about modern Israel, at colleges and universities in the United States for multi-year placements. These placements provide an opportunity for scholars to teach, conduct research, and build academic networks. Grant amounts vary, depending on the arrangement with the host university. Over the course of an academic year, Teaching Fellows teach in person four full-term, three-credit undergraduate-level courses about modern Israel as well as organize a minimum of four academic/community events. Two of the courses and all four of the events must be related to modern Israel.

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Teaching Fellow placements are open to academics of all ranks and nationalities with strong English skills and expertise in modern Israel, as demonstrated by university teaching experience and either a dissertation or at least two peer-reviewed publications about modern Israel. Fellows are expected to have an approved PhD from an accredited university by the first day of the first term of their appointment.

To learn more and apply, please visit: https://bit.ly/3h3nsZ3

Deadline to Apply: September 24, 2020

  

THE BERKELEY INSTITUTE CALLS FOR VISITING FACULTY AND SCHOLARS APPLICATIONS FOR 2021-2022

The Berkeley Institute Calls for Visiting Faculty and Scholars Applications for 2021-2022

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies invites applications for the Visiting Faculty and Scholars Program from a wide range of disciplines relating to Israel Studies. Visiting Faculty and Scholars are an integral part of the Berkeley Institute every year, and are actively engaged with Institute programs, faculty and students.

The Berkeley Institute houses two core programs: the Berkeley Program on Israel Studies and the Berkeley Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity. The Berkeley Institute supports multidisciplinary courses, programs, and scholarship in Israel and Jewish Studies and serves as a hub for student, faculty, and community engagement. The Berkeley Institute serves both Berkeley Law and the UC Berkeley campus, bridging the two through academic programs and collaborations. Learn more about the Berkeley Institute, here.

Visiting Faculty

The deadline to apply as a visiting faculty is Sep 30, 2020. We are looking for faculty who teach at a high level of

English. While visiting Berkeley, visiting faculty teach courses in a range of departments.

Application Requirements
1. Letter of Interest
2. Full Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching proposal, including course descriptions and sample syllabi

Visiting Scholars

Applications for the visiting scholars program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of April 1, 2021.

The Institute will consider applications for a semester or for the full academic year.

Application Requirements
1. Letter of Interest, specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Institute 2. Full Curriculum Vitae
3. Research Statement
4. Source of funding while visiting Berkeley

Please submit your application by email or send any questions to rlgolbert@law.berkeley.edu.

The Berkeley Institute is committed to building an inclusive community and strongly encourages applications for the program from diverse and underrepresented communities.

 

SEARCH FOR EDITOR(S): ISRAEL STUDIES REVIEW

The AIS’s interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal

Published (in English) by the Association for Israel Studies, the Israel Studies Review is seeking a new editor/editorial team as the current editors, Yoram Peri and Paul Scham, will be stepping down in the summer of 2021.  The selection committee—Ilan Peleg (Chair), Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Paul Scham—invites applications from qualified  persons, effective immediately.   It hopes to complete the process by the end of 2020. Following examination of applications, the search committee will make a recommendation to the AIS Board of Directors for its decision.  Instructions for applying are below. 

OVERVIEW

The ISR is published 3 times yearly by Berghahn Books and is committed to publishing rigorous, peer reviewed, academic research. The editorial staff is responsible for soliciting articles, reviewing them, identifying qualified peer reviewers, overview of the review process, and either rejecting or approving the articles. Approximately once a year there may be a guest-edited special issue of interest to ISR readers; the guest editor should generally handle all elements of the editor’s job, but the ISR editor is responsible for overview of the process and conducting a final edit.

Each issue consists of 6-7 articles (optimally 7-8000 words each), a Table of Contents, an Editors’ Note (generally 800-1300 words) and 6-7 book reviews.  We recommend a separate Book Review Editor. The book review editor will identify notable new books in Israel Studies, choose qualified reviewers, and edit the reviews for publication.

In recent years the ISR has been recognized as within the top category of academic journals in the Humanities. 

Editors are ex officio members of the AIS Board and will present a yearly report to it.

CRITERIA FOR EDITORS

• A scholar engaged in studying and teaching Israel Studies, broadly defined; preferably ranked as associate professor or full professor or equivalent, with a substantial record of peer-reviewed academic publications.

• Editing/editorial experience.

• Proficiency in English, defined as the ability to write and edit fluently and correctly.  The editorial team may be composed of one person with high proficiency in English and others with proficiency in other criteria; up to 3 people total. 

• Wide knowledge of the field of Israel Studies, including both the subject matter and scholars in the field.  This knowledge may be divided among the editor and an associate editor.

• Openness to a diversity of opinions and topics, including choice of articles and authors, peer reviewers, books for review and their reviewers, and so forth.

• A vision for where the ISR should go in the coming years should be included with the application.

• Organizational flexibility:  Since editing the ISR requires an appreciable investment of time and energy, as well as several skill sets, we encourage various configurations of potential editors with different expertise to apply.  This could include an Editor and an Associate Editor, two Co-Editors, and so forth.

• 3-5 years commitment from the editors and the host institution, which should be an established academic institution.

• It is desirable to include assurances that the editor(s) will have sufficient release time from other professional duties to edit the journal, as well as secretarial/administrative support.  The AIS will provide some financial assistance to cover expenses involved in the editorial process.

TO APPLY

Please send a C.V. (including professional experience and affiliations and a full list of publications), as well as a cover letter to the 3 addresses below.  The cover letter should address how the applicant qualifies for the job based on the criteria above.  We will begin reviewing applications as of September 1, 2020, but later applications will be accepted as well until the position(s) are filled.  Applicants being seriously considered will have one or more Zoom sessions with the Search Committee to enable wide-ranging discussions of the work and skills required.  Interested applicants are invited to contact any member of the search committee if more information is needed. 

The search committee for the ISR editorial team encourages diversity and will ensure equal opportunity, treatment, and access for all candidates regardless of their sex, race, color, ethnic, or social origin.

PLEASE SEND APPLICATIONS TO THE ISR Search Committee

Prof. Ilan Peleg, Chair,  pelegi@lafayette.edu

Prof. Ayelet Harel-Shalev, ayeleths@bgu.ac.il

Prof. Paul Scham, israelstudiesreview@gmail.com

 

FACULTY POSITION AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University invites applications for a faculty position in the field of Israel Studies, to begin September 1, 2020. The appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate or full professor in accordance with the candidate’s qualifications.

The search committee will consider applicants whose work focuses on modern Israel (including late Ottoman or mandatory Palestine) from disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Art History, Communication Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Religious Studies. Final departmental affiliations will depend upon the expertise and qualifications of the candidate.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent in their field by the time of appointment, and will be expected to teach a varied range of undergraduate and graduate courses. Northwestern's base teaching load is four courses spread between three academic quarters.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and article or chapter length writing sample at https://www.jewish-studies.northwestern.edu/people/faculty-search/.  Applicants at the level of assistant professor must also provide contact information for three academic references, who will be prompted to submit letters of recommendation once the application is submitted; applicants at the rank of associate or full professor may be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later stage of the selection process.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019. Questions about the position may be directed to David Shyovitz, Director of the Crown Family Center, at davidshy@northwestern.edu; logistical questions about the application process should be directed to Nancy Gelman, Center Administrator, at jewish-studies@northwestern.edu.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

  

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ISRAEL STUDIES AND JEWISH STUDIES

The Pennsylvania State University Jewish Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Israel Studies and Jewish Studies. Research focus and teaching interests are open, but applicants should have expertise in Israel Studies, Israel-Diaspora relations, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Middle East studies. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses at all levels in the history and cultures of Israel, in global Jewish communities, and (preferably) in American Jewish history, and they will also be able to teach broad survey courses in Jewish history and the foundation Jewish studies course. Applicants should be able to enhance the interdisciplinary strengths of the Jewish Studies Program, demonstrate an active research agenda, and contribute immediately to the undergraduate missions of the Jewish Studies Program and the College of the Liberal Arts; competitive candidates will have at least three years of undergraduate teaching experience. In addition, we expect the candidate to contribute to a developing Jewish Studies graduate program and an emerging Middle East Studies Program. The appointment will be held in the Jewish Studies Program, but we also welcome candidates who could be cross-appointed in a disciplinary field. The position will begin preferably in August 2020. Normal teaching load is 2-2. Ph.D. in a relevant field of study is required at the time of appointment. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a one-page description of current and future research, and one to three articles and/or book chapters. Additionally, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Keshia Kennelley (mailto:kak43@psu.edu). Application review will begin September 15, 2019, but dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Ms. Kennelley for forwarding to the appropriate faculty member.

Apply online at https://apptrkr.com/1468302

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AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS IN ISRAEL STUDIES

POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP FOR ISRAEL STUDIES AT UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has established a postdoctoral fellowship in Israel Studies. The fellowship will begin on September 1, 2020, and will ask for a 1 year contract, but is renewable for a second year. The successful applicant will also be required to teach a half course in each year of his/her appointment. The stipend for this fellowship is $55,000 CAD plus benefits. The stipend for the half course is $8,000. The preferred fields of study are: history, political science, sociology, anthropology, and geography. The post doctoral fellow will be expected to participate in four activities in the course of 12 months; 2 at the University of Calgary campus, and 2 other at the Jewish Community Centre (JCC).

Expenses, such as conference attendance, and other research-related expenses, up to a maximum of $ 5,000 will be reimbursed with submission of receipts. The extended health benefit plan, which is mandatory for all postdoctoral scholars, is covered by the award as well as the employer's contribution to Canada Pension Plan/Employment Insurance.

Applicants must have earned their phD less than 3 years before the start date of the position in any given competition year. If degree is still pending, it must be completed before the start date of the position in any given competition year. All other conditions follow the University of Calgary postdoctoral policy and procedures, as approved by the Vice-President Research.

Interested applicants should apply to Dr. David J. Bercuson, Director of the Dr. Jenny and Hy Belzberg Israeli Scholar program, SS 642, University of Calgary, bercuson@ucalgary.ca

For terms of reference, click here:

  

DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN ISRAEL STUDIES AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

Full and partial fellowships supporting doctoral students whose research focuses on Israel. Candidates must be accepted into Brandeis University graduate school programs of Anthropology, History, Literature, Middle East Studies, Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Politics or Sociology. Competitive living stipend with generous health care benefits. Renewable for up to five years. Deadlines vary by department. Learn more at www.brandeis.edu/israel-center/resources/grants-fellowships/graduate-students.html.

 

FULBRIGHT POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS TO ISRAEL IN 2020-2021

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program seeks applicants for several prestigious postdoctoral fellowships in Israel during the 2020-2021 academic year. These opportunities are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support projects for up to 20 months. Awardees will receive $95,000 ($47,500 per academic year for two years).

Opportunities include:

To be eligible, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degrees no earlier than August 2015. Current Ph.D. candidates who expect to complete their degrees before fall 2020 are welcome to apply. Candidates who have already begun postdoctoral work in Israel are ineligible.

For detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit our website. Applicants are encouraged to contact middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org with their questions.

Please feel free to share this message to any outstanding graduate students you have worked with, or to recommend someone via our online referral system.

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FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR GRANTS TO ISRAEL IN 2020-21

The 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open! A complete list of opportunities can be found in our Catalog of Awards. Awards to Israel include:

Postdoctoral Fellowships: open to researchers in all academic disciplines; supports grants of 1-2 academic years (up to 20 months). Candidates must have received their PhD (or other terminal degree) no earlier than August 2015. Please share this message with outstanding graduate students or recommend someone via our online referral system.

Senior Scholar Fellowships: open to senior faculty members, professionals, and accomplished artists or writers in all fields; supports grants of four months. Assistant professor or higher academic rank (or equivalent professional standing) is required. Proposed activities may include research, lecturing, or a combination of both.

Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program: designed for research that is comparative in scope or based on data collected in several countries; supports grants of 3-9 months (Flex option also available). Projects must be conducted in 2-3 MENA countries. Eligible hosts include: Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories (West Bank), Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.


Applicants are encouraged to attend our “Spotlight on Israel” webinar April 25th, which details the range of awards available to teach and conduct research in Israel in 2020-21. The session will be co-hosted by Kaitlin Jewett, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Outreach Officer, and Noa Turgeman, United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) Program Officer. Please register here.

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit our website. Applicants are also encouraged to contact Kaitlin Jewett at middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org with any questions related to awards in the MENA region. 

 

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY: FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University is a multi-disciplinary research centre that brings together students, faculty and researchers who are dedicated to the study of Israel in all its facets.

In an effort to promote faculty-based projects, stimulate research and teaching, and contribute to the study of the state of Israel, locally, nationally and internationally, the Institute is offering financial support in the form of grants and scholarships in the following categories:

Visiting Researcher:

The Institute welcomes applications for short-term or sabbatical Visiting Researcher positions. Research stipends are available.

Post-doctoral fellowships:

Applicants with a completed PhD can apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.

The deadline to apply for these grants vary.  For details please visit: http://www.concordia.ca/azrieli

CALLS FOR PAPERS

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ISRAEL AND JUDAISM STUDIES,

7-10 DECEMBER 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the Fourth Annual scholarly International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies (vICIJS’20) organized by Israiliyat: Journal of Israeli and Judaic Studies (e-ISSN 2645-890X) will be held as a virtual conference in December 07-10, 2020.

The aim of the conference is to present new methods of assessing Jewish identity and to identify patterns of Jewish engagement. Recent academic and public discourse on Judaism includes new approaches and understandings of the term "Judaism". The question which is frequently raised, "Who is a Jew?" has been receiving several and different dimensional replies.

The concepts which the new scholarship has been creating are based on the researcher's worldview thus inevitably influencing their research choices and research challenges. The discussion on what is Judaism and who defines himself as a Jew portrays new identities as well as self-definition of various groups/individuals. The impact of the definition non-Jewish definition of who is Jewish is undeniable.

The Conference seeks to address the following questions: Can we define one Jewish identity? If so, from what does it derive? What are the expressions of this identity according to different regions today? How has the Jewish identity been assessed in the past vs. the present by different scholars? How is “the new Jew” described in the Zionist literature? What are the relations between Judaism and Zionism in the current discourse? How do relations between the Jewish communities outside Israel define their "Jewishness" and what is their affinity to Israel?

The Conference may include not only the traditional areas in Judaic Studies but also various disciplines such as current political issues, international relations, history and sociology in in Israel Studies. The point of views presented in the conference will be multidimensional: Zionism, Israeli culture and politics, the conflict between Palestine and Israel, Hebrew Literature, Education in Israel, various interpretations of Judaism as a belief system and historical backgrounds etc.

vICIJS’20 also is pleased to announce the annual rewards delivered for the fourth time for the distinguished dissertations/ theses in the field of Israel and Judaism Studies in the categories of history, politics and religion in both the M.A. and PhD. decrees. Moreover, articles and original/translated books having scientific research methods will also be awarded.

The publishing and application/ registration procedures in pre-conference consist of four stages: (i) application by submitting an abstract, (ii) registration by submitting the full text and/or (iii) research articles, (iv) and participation by submitting the pre-recorded video.

The file should be sent to israiliyat.com@gmail.com

-Deadline for Abstract: November 15, 2020

-Notification of Acceptance: After Review Process without any Loss of Time

-Deadline for Full Text and/or Research Article Submission and pre-Recorded Video Submission: November 30, 2020

-Conference Dates: December 07-10, 2020

This year due to the calamity in the World, the presenters are expected to prepare a video record which has to be sent before November 30, 2020. The video presentations can be prepared in any language if subtitled in English or Turkish. The best Abstracts and full papers will be edited into the Proceeding and Abstract Book. Then extended and revised versions of the conference full papers will be published in Israiliyat journal or an edited book after the referee process.

Please circulate the Call, among your colleagues and networks.

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions and requests related to the vICIJS’20 at israiliyat.com@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ICIJS’20 Virtual Conference in December.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Efrat AVIV

Kevser KARATAŞ

Organizing Committee co-Chairs of Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies

E-mail: israiliyat.com@gmail.com

Webpage: http://israiliyat.com

 

CFP: SPECIAL ISSUE “ISRAEL STUDIES AS A GLOBAL DISCIPLINE” (JOURNAL OF ISRAELI HISTORY)

Throughout the past fifteen years, the research field of Israel Studies has expanded far beyond its established geographic base in Israel and North America, thereby creating a vibrant and increasingly diverse community of scholars who specialize in the study of Zionism and Israel.

As a contribution to the intellectual pluralization of the research field, the special issue of the Journal of Israeli History will highlight the global dimension of Israel Studies. In addition to critical explorations of more established regional clusters (like the UK), the special issue will emphasize emerging and less-explored scholarly writing on Zionism and Israel, whether in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, South Asia, Africa or Latin America. Contributors are invited to critically reflect on the intellectual history of studying Zionism and Israel within local epistemic communities, to situate regional approaches within the global research field and to contextualize the specific controversies that have shaped the field over time, ranging from gender and ethnicity to the question of comparability and exceptionalism. By providing a comparative overview of diverse scholarly voices (including the question of silenced or marginalized scholarly voices), the special issue seeks to question the implicit Eurocentrism within the research field, including the categorization of Israel as a Western nation-state.

All submissions will undergo double-blind peer review. In their contributions, authors will be asked to focus on four research questions:

1) Within a specific local framework, what are the dominant intellectual traditions, historiographic approaches and disciplinary frameworks (Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, Palestine Studies, International Relations, Jewish and Hebrew Literature) of studying Zionism and Israel – and to what extent and since when is this research framed as “Israel Studies”?

2) What students are trained in the field of Israel Studies – and what are their motivations?

3) How is the field of Israel Studies entangled with political ties to the State of Israel?

4) What could be the unique contribution of specific regional approaches to an increasingly globalized and pluralistic research field?

 

Guest editors: Johannes Becke and Derek Penslar. For all questions, please contact johannes.becke@hfjs.eu

 

Deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2020

Deadline for article submission: December 15, 2020

 

Please send all abstracts and articles to jihist@tauex.tau.ac.il

 

CALL FOR REVIEWS: JEWISH FILM AND NEW MEDIA 

Jewish Film & New Media invites authors to submit reviews of multimedia outlets and content (such as films, video games, art, festivals, exhibitions, digital platforms, digital archives, etc.) related to Jewish themes in a broad sense.

Jewish Film & New Media is an international, peer-reviewed journal that engages in critical discussion of the representation of Jews, Jewishness, and Judaism in cinema, television, and new media, as well as the Jewish contribution to these media outlets, in a widely defined fashion. Bringing together scholars in a variety of disciplines, the journal provides a key resource for academic study and research, and aims to widen the parameters of Jewish film and new media studies. The journal encompasses historical and cultural dimensions of Jewish film and new media alongside its identities, languages, styles, forms, and audiences.

Jewish Film & New Media is unique in its interdisciplinary nature, exploring the rich and diverse cultural heritage across the globe. The journal is distinctive in bringing together a range of cinemas, televisions, films, programs, and other digital material in one volume and in its positioning of the discussions within a range of contexts—the cultural, historical, textual, and many others.

Submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words in length following Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

For further submission and editorial information, please contact Dr. Aya Yadlin-Segal (multimedia reviews editor) at ayayad@hac.ac.il

For further information on the journal and back issues visit https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jewishfilm/  

EVENTS RELATED TO ISRAEL STUDIES

The Michael Feige Career Development Chair in Israeli Society is honored to invite you to the Annual Dr. Michael Feige Memorial Lecture* (online)

The event will take place in Hebrew.

Michael Feige (1957–2016), an altruist and a researcher of Israeli society a beloved friend and a companion, was murdered in a terror attack in Tel Aviv.

Professor (Emerita) Deborah Bernstein, a member of the Department of Sociology at Haifa University, researched the nexus of sociology and history, with emphasis on unequal relations and social history during the British Mandate era and the 1950s; investigated Jewish–Arab relations under the Mandate, the construction of class and ethnic relations in Israel’s first decade, and the experience of urban Jewish women in the Mandate era. Bernstein was awarded the 2019 Israel Prize in Sociology and Anthropology.

The awarding of the Dr. Michael Feige Memorial Prize will go to a student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for an approved doctoral research program on a topic related to Israeli society.

Sunday, June 7, 2020 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Israel time


Via Zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/96338390220

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