NEW BOOKS BY MEMBERS

   

ZIONISM’S REDEMPTIONS: IMAGES OF THE PAST AND VISIONS OF THE FUTURE IN JEWISH NATIONALISM

By: Arieh Saposnik

(Cambridge University Press, November 2021, ISBN: 9781316517116, 300 pages)

In this volume, Arieh Saposnik examines the complicated relations between nationalism and religious (and non-religious) redemptive traditions through the case study of Zionism. He provides a new framework for understanding the central ideas of this movement and its relationship to traditional Jewish ideas, Christian thought, and modern secular messianisms. Providing a longue-durée and broad view of the central themes and motivations in the making of Zionism, Saposnik connects its intellectual history with the concrete development of the Zionist project in Israel in its cultural, social, and political history. Saposnik demonstrates how Zionism offers lessons for a politics in which human perfectibility continues to serve as a guiding light and as a counter-narrative to the contemporary politics of self-interest, self-promotion and 'post-truth.' This is a study that bears implications for our understanding of modernity, of space and place, history and historical trajectories, and the place of Jews and Judaism in the modern world.

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AFTER THE HOLOCAUST
By: Monty Noam Penkower

(Touro University Press, 2021 ISBN: 9781644696798 [paperback], 230 pages)

The chapters in this volume examine a few facets in the drama of how the survivors of the Holocaust contended with life after the darkest night in Jewish history. They include the Earl Harrison mission and significant report, the effort to keep Europe's borders open to refugee infiltration, the murder of the first Jew in Germany after V-E Day and its impact, and the iconic sculptures of Nathan Rapoport and Poland's landscape of Holocaust memory up to the present day. Joining extensive archival research and a limpid prose, Professor Monty Noam Penkower again displays a definitive mastery of his craft.

 

ISRAEL: AS A PHOENIX ASCENDING
By: Monty Noam Penkower

(Touro University Press, 2021, ISBN: 9781644696750 [paperback], 306 pages)

The chapters in this volume examine a few facets in the drama of how the beleaguered Jewish people, as a phoenix ascending of ancient legend, achieved national self-determination in the reborn State of Israel within three years of the end of World War II and of the Holocaust. They include the pivotal 1946 World Zionist Congress, the contributions of Jacob Robinson and Clark M. Eichelberger to Israel’s sovereign renewal, American Jewry’s crusade to save a Jewish state, the effort to create a truce and trusteeship for Palestine, and Judah Magnes’s final attempt to create a federated state there. Joining extensive archival research and a limpid prose, Professor Monty Noam Penkower again displays a definitive mastery of his craft.

              

JUDAH MAGNES: THE PROPHETIC POLITICS OF A RELIGIOUS BINATIONALIST

By: David Barak-Gorodetsky 

(The Jewish Publication Society, 2021, 978-0-8276-1516-8, 364 pages)

This comprehensive intellectual biography of Judah Magnes—the Reform rabbi, American Zionist leader, and inaugural Hebrew University chancellor—offers novel analysis of how theology and politics intertwined to drive Magnes’s writings and activism—especially his championing of a binational state—against all odds.

Like a prophet unable to suppress his prophecy, Magnes could not resist a religious calling to take political action, whatever the cost. In Palestine no one understood his uniquely American pragmatism and insistence that a constitutional system was foundational for a just society. Jewish leaders regarded his prophetic politics as overly conciliatory and dangerous for negotiations. Magnes’s central European allies in striving for a binational Palestine, including Martin Buber, credited him with restoring their faith in politics, but they ultimately retreated from binationalism to welcome the new State of Israel.

In candidly portraying the complex Magnes as he understood himself, David Barak-Gorodetsky elucidates why Magnes persevered, despite evident lack of Arab interest, to advocate binationalism with Truman in May 1948 at the ultimate price of Jewish sovereignty. Accompanying Magnes on his long-misunderstood journey, we gain a unique broader perspective: on early peacemaking efforts in Israel/Palestine, the American Jewish role in the history of the state, binationalism as political theology, an American view of binationalism, and the charged realities of Israel today.

 

STUDIES IN GENERALSHIP: LESSONS FROM THE CHIEFS OF STAFF OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES

By: Meir Finkel

(Hoover Institutiton Press, 2021, ISBN: 9780817924751, 368 pages)

The commander, or chief of staff, of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is a prominent public figure in Israel. His decisions, advice, and persona are held in high regard by Israel’s public and leadership, and have indirect impacts on social, economic, and foreign affairs. But until now, an in-depth study on the role and performance of the IDF’s chiefs of staff has been sorely absent.

In this study, Meir Finkel offers a robust and original comparative perspective on the IDF chiefs of staff throughout modern Israel’s history, examining their conduct in six key areas: identifying change in the strategic environment, developing familiarity with all military domains, managing crises with wartime generals, rehabilitating the army after a botched war, leading a transformation in force design, and building relationships with the political echelon.

The challenging and critical role of the chief of staff demands profound knowledge and authority in a vast and diverse range of fields. By providing a perspective that the IDF’s known history has lacked until now, Finkel gives insights that may assist current and future high-rank leaders worldwide in carrying out their important work and offers lessons to students everywhere of strategy, military history, and military transformation.

 

JUST, REASONABLE MULTICULTURALISM: LIBERALISM, CULTURE AND COERCION

By: Raphael Cohen-Almagor

(New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021, Online ISBN - 9781108567213, Paperback ISBN - 9781108469838, 378 pages)

In Just, Reasonable Multiculturalism, Cohen-Almagor develops a comprehensive theory that tackles three major attacks on multiculturalism: that it is bad for democracy, that it is bad for women, and that it promotes terrorism, aiming to show that liberalism and multiculturalism are reconcilable. Cohen-Almagor outlines the theoretical assumptions underlying a liberal response to threats posed by cultural or religious groups whose norms entail different measures of harm. He examines the importance of cultural, ethnic, national, religious, and ideological norms and beliefs, and what part they play in requiring us to tolerate others out of respect. Cohen-Almagor formulates guidelines designed to prescribe boundaries to cultural practices and to safeguard the rights of individuals and then applies them to real life situations. Painstakingly, Cohen-Almagor balances group rights against individual rights and delineates the limits of state intervention in minority groups’ affairs in cases involving physical harm and non-physical harm. The first category includes practices such as scarring, suttee, murder for family honour, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), female circumcision and male circumcision. The second category includes arranged and forced marriages, divorce and property rights, gender segregation, denial of education, and enforcement of a strict dress code. Two country case studies, France and Israel, illustrate the power of security considerations in restricting claims for multiculturalism.

 

THE SERENDIPITOUS EVOLUTION OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION OF NOVEMBER 2, 1917

By: Paul Goldstein

(Cambridge Scholars, 2021; ISBN: 1-5275-7055-X, ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7055-9, 317 pages)

As a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Canada from Belgium, I have spent a lifetime trying to understand how such a horrendous catastrophe could happen in a so called civilized world. The overriding impetus that cemented my determination to pursue the exploration of this seminal episode in the history of the Jewish people, was the responsibility that my own survival bestowed on me to help ensure that their story be known and never forgotten. In the final analysis, I was strongly motivated by the martyrdom of the Jewish people in the Diaspora, before, during and after the period covered in this book.

The Balfour Declaration was one of the most important events in the history of the Jewish people prior to the Holocaust, signaling the beginning of a new era of self-determination in the reconstituted Jewish homeland.

This book provides an all-inclusive understanding of the complex geopolitical elements that shaped the facts on the ground in the Middle East. Analyzing the chain of events that led to the Balfour Declaration through a uniquely holistic approach, it demonstrates how the national interests of the nations involved in the World War I theater intersected with those of the Jewish nation in the final phase of its long march towards political sovereignty. Like the multiple parts of precision clockwork, each element, regardless of shape or size, played an essential part in the functioning of the whole, while the absence of one of them would have altered the outcome of the entire process.

As noted by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, the text is bound to be of interest to specialists and researchers wanting insights into the historic, international and psycho-sociological processes that have been changing the Middle East throughout recent decades. It will also serve as an important academic source, or even a textbook, for university courses about the history of Israel and the Middle East.

  

GENOMIC CITIZENSHIP: THE MOLECULARIZATION OF IDENTITY IN THE CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EAST

By: Ian McGonigle

(MIT Press, 2021, ISBN-13 [978-0262542944], 220 pages)

Based on ethnographic work in Israel and Qatar, two small Middle Eastern ethnonations with significant biomedical resources, Genomic Citizenship explores the relationship between science and identity. Ian McGonigle, originally trained as a biochemist, draws on anthropological theory, STS, intellectual history, critical theory, Middle Eastern studies, cultural studies, and critical legal studies. He connects biomedical research on ethnic populations to the political, economic, legal, and historical context of the state; to global trends in genetic medicine; and to the politics of identity in the context of global biomedical research.

Genomic Citizenship is more an anthropology of scientific objects than an anthropology of scientists or an ethnography of the laboratory. McGonigle bases his untraditional project on traditional anthropological methods, including participant observation. Some of the most persuasive data in the book are from public records, legal and historical sources, published scientific papers, institutional reports, websites, and brochures.

McGonigle discusses biological understandings of Jewishness, especially in relation to the intellectual history of Zionism and Jewish political thought, and considers the possibility of a novel application of genetics in assigning Israeli citizenship. He also describes developments in genetic medicine in Qatar and analyzes the Qatari Biobank in the context of Qatari nationalism and state-building projects. Considering possible consequences of findings on the diverse origins of the Qatari population for tribal identities, he argues that the nation cannot be defined as either a purely natural or biological entity. Rather, it is reified, reinscribed, and refracted through genomic research and discourse.

McGonigle is an undeniable expert on the subject, as Assistant Professor of Anthropology and STS at Nanyang Technological University. Shai Lavi, from the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, calls Genomic Citizenship “a highly original, thought-provoking book. McGonigle's surprising and perceptive comparison of Israel and Qatar sheds light on the relationship of politics and genomics and beautifully demonstrates the importance of genes in creating a shared past in the service of political ends.”

The book goes on sale August 10th. To access early digital review copies, click here: http://bit.ly/Genomic_Citizenship.

 

ISRAEL. POLITY HISTORIES.  

By: Alan Dowty

(Cambridge: Polity, 2021, Hardback [9781509536894]; Paperback [9781509536900]; eBook [9781509536917], 224 pages)

How did a community of a few thousand Jewish refugees become, in little over a century, a modern nation-state and homeland of half the world's Jews?  Has modern Israel fulfilled the Zionist vision of becoming "a nation like other nations," or is it still, in Biblical terns, "a people that dwells alone"?

Alan Dowty distils over half a century of study as an inside/outside analyst of Israel in tracing this remarkable story.  It begins in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, when Jews fleeing Russian persecution established a renewed Jewish presence in their historic homeland.  It continues through harsh struggle and in deep-rooted conflict with another people that sees Israel/Palestine equally as their homeland.  Immensely successful by most standards, Israel today remains a center of contention and is still torn between its hard-earned role as a "normal" nation and the call of its particularistic, and unique, Jewish history.

 

CASTING A GIANT SHADOW: THE TRANSNATIONAL SHAPING OF ISRAELI CINEMA

Edited by: Rachel S. Harris and Dan Chyutin

(Indiana University Press, 2021, Paperback [9780253056399], Hardcover [9780253056382], Ebook [9780253056429], 442 pages)

Film came to the territory that eventually became Israel not long after the medium was born. Casting a Giant Shadow is a collection of articles that embraces the notion of transnationalism to consider the limits of what is "Israeli" within Israeli cinema.

As the State of Israel developed, so did its film industries. Moving beyond the early films of the Yishuv, which focused on the creation of national identity, the industry and its transnational ties became more important as filmmakers and film stars migrated out and foreign films, filmmakers, and actors came to Israel to take advantage of high-quality production values and talent. This volume, edited by Rachel Harris and Dan Chyutin, uses the idea of transnationalism to challenge the concept of a singular definition of Israeli cinema.

Casting a Giant Shadow offers a new understanding of how cinema has operated artistically and structurally in terms of funding, distribution, and reception. The result is a thorough investigation of the complex structure of the transnational and its impact on national specificity when considered on the global stage.

  

Published! Volume 35 (June 2021)

Iyunim: Multidisciplinary Studies in Israel and Modern Jewish Society (Hebrew)

Editor: Avi Bareli | Assistant Editor: Orna Miller  | Editorial Board: Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Amir Goldstein, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, Nissim Leon, Svetlana Natkovich, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ofer Shiff.

Iyunim is a multidisciplinary research journal which holds two series: the semi-annual series and the thematic series, and contains articles in various fields that specialize in modern world Jewish society and Israeli society and state.
The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines from all fields of humanities and social sciences.

 

Contents:

Society

Omri Shefer Raviv, Employment of Palestinians from the Occupied Territories in the Israeli Economy, 1967-1969 | Yael Yishai, Marginal Groups in Israel: Seen but Not All Heard | Simcha Gweta-Bukobza, The Mediating Leadership of Rabbi Azizi Di'i in Hatzor, 1951-1965

Literature

David Guedj, The Image of Immigrants from Islamic Countries in the Stories of Eliezer Smoli | Smadar Shiffman, Ethnicity and literature in the work of Orly Castel=Bloom

Education

Kfir Gold, Institutionalization of the High School Diploma in Eretz Israel, 1928–1935 | Anat Kidron, From the Green Line to the Green Golan: Ideological Education as a Political Tool

Culture

Gideon Katz, The Fear from Judaism in Israeli Culture | Arnon Palty, Ari Katorza, Localism and Exoticism in the Music of Shalom Hanoch, 1968-1976 | Yeruham Aviad Goldman, Shulchan Aruch for Children by AZAR (A.Z. Rabinowitz)

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It will soon be available also in bookstores, academic libraries, the online bookstore 'Kotar' (https://kotar.cet.ac.il/ ) and at the official distributor 'Sifrut Achshav' (https://sifrut.co.il ); info@sifrut.co.il; 03-9229175

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BNEI HA’ARETZ AND THE EAST: JEWS AND ARABS DURING THE BRITISH MANDATE

By: Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor

Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2021, 286 pages (in Hebrew) 

This book is an updated Hebrew version of Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine, published in 2016 by Brandeis UP. Focusing on Oriental Jews and their relations with their Arab neighbors in Mandatory Palestine, this book analyzes the meaning of the hybrid Arab-Jewish identity that existed among Oriental Jews, and discusses their unique role as political, social, and cultural mediators between Jews and Arabs. Integrating Mandatory Palestine and its inhabitants into the contemporary Semitic-Levantine surroundings, this book illuminates broad areas of cooperation and coexistence, which coincided with conflict and friction, between Oriental and Sephardi Jews and their Arab neighbors.

 

ARCHITECTURAL CULTURE IN BRITISH MANDATE JERUSALEM, 1917-1948 

By: Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler

(Edinburgh University Press, 2020, ISBN: [Hardback] 9781474457491, ISBN: [Ebook (ePub)] 9781474457521, ISBN [Ebook (PDF)] 9781474457514], 264 pages)

An architectural history of four prominent buildings in Jerusalem.

This book examines a fascinating and critical epoch in the architectural history of Jerusalem. It proposes a fresh and analytical discussion of British Mandate-era architecture by studying four buildings that have had a lasting impact on Jerusalem’s built environment. Applying relational history methodology, the book reveals how these building projects evolved as an outcome of cross-cultural influences and relations among the British, American, Jewish-Zionist and Muslim-Palestinian communities. Further, the building and design processes behind these structures give new perspectives on the adaptation of modern architecture in the Middle East and the negotiation of historicism and vernacular architecture during the first half of the 20th century.

 

THE LAND BEYOND THE BORDER: STATE FORMATION AND TERRITORIAL EXPANSION IN SYRIA, MOROCCO, AND ISRAEL
By: Johannes Becke 

(SUNY Press, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8223-1, 302 pages)

Uses an innovative theoretical framework to comparatively explore the dynamics of state expansion and contraction in Syria (1976-2005), Morocco (since 1975), and Israel (since 1967).

Based on three case studies from the Middle East, The Land beyond the Border advances an innovative theoretical framework for the study of state expansions and state contractions. Johannes Becke argues that state expansion can be theorized according to four basic ideal types—a form of patronage (patronization), the imposition of a satellite regime (satellization), the establishment of territorial exclaves (exclavization), or a full-fledged takeover (incorporation). Becke discusses how both irredentist ideologies and political realities have shaped the dynamics of state expansion and state contraction in the recent history of each state. By studying Israel comparatively with other Middle Eastern regimes, this book forms part of an emerging research agenda seeking to bring the research fields of Israel Studies and Middle East Studies closer together. Instead of treating Israel’s rule over the occupied territories as an isolated case, Becke offers students the chance to understand Israel’s settlement project within the broader framework of postcolonial state formation.

 

ISRAEL'S REGIME UNTANGLED: BETWEEN DEMOCRACY AND APARTHEID

By: Gal Ariely

(Cambridge University Press 2021, Hardcover ISBN: 9781108845250; 210 pages)

Israel attracts enormous attention among scholars, journalists, politicians, pundits, and the general public alike. Some regard the country as an apartheid regime that can only be democratized through boycotts and sanctions. Others believe it is a stable liberal democracy, flourishing despite extreme conditions. This book seeks to untangle these conflicting interpretations by discussing how the Israeli regime can be classified, what its borders are, and what the key factors are that shape the regime and support its relative stability. The book argues that the Israeli case illustrates the analytical weakness of the concept of democracy in the context of disputed regimes and suggests that instead of classifying the regime as a whole, analysis should focus on the levels of specific dimensions of democraticness. It also argues that the classifications of Israel proper or Israel/Palestine are insufficient for defining the borders of the regime and proposes, instead, a spatial analysis that divides the Israeli regime into different zones of control at different time periods. The book demonstrates how the Arab-Israeli conflict shapes the regime, claiming that the relative stability of the regime and various changes in the levels of democraticness and zones of control can be explained by state capacity.

   

ISRAELI THEATRE: MIZRAHI JEWS AND SELF-REPRESENTATION

By: Naphtaly Shem-Tov

(NY: Routledge, 2021, ISBN 9781138542334, 202 pages)

This book conceptualizes Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) theatre, unfolding its performances in the field of Israeli theatre with a critical gaze. It covers the conceptualization and typology, not along a chronological axis, but rather through seven theatrical forms. The author suggests a definition of Mizrahi theatre that has fluid boundaries and it can encompass various possibilities for self-representation onstage. Although Mizrahi theatre began to develop in the 1970s, the years since the turn of the millennium have seen an intense flowering of theatrical works by second- and third-generation artists dealing with issues of identity and narrative in a diverse array of forms. Mizrahi theatre is a cultural locus of self-representation, generally created by Mizrahi artists who deal with content, social experiences, cultural, religious, and traditional foundations, and artistic languages derived from the history and social reality of  Mizrahi Jews in both Israel and their Middle Eastern countries of origin. Critically surveying Mizrahi theatre in Israel, the book is a key resource for students and academics interested in theatre and performance studies, and Jewish and Israeli studies.

 

TO REPAIR A BROKEN WORLD: THE LIFE OF HENRIETTA SZOLD, FOUNDER OF HADASSAH

Foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

By: Dvora HaCohen

(Harvard University Press, 2021, ISBN 9780674988095 [Hardcover], 400 pages)

Henrietta Szold was one of the most important Jewish leaders in the 20th century. Her long life, from 1860 to 1945, spanned some of the most turbulent years in modern history, when great waves of immigration transformed the United States into a powerful nation, and two global conflicts played out on the world stage. These events, which shaped the lives of millions of people, are woven into the fabric of her own life story. 

Henrietta's life was divided into two distinct parts, before she founded Hadassah and after, so different from each other as to appear to belong to two separate people. What remained consistent, however, was her lifelong commitment to the concept tikkun olam, repairing the world. Henrietta was born in Baltimore. As a young woman, she encountered many immigrants in the streets searching for work to support their families. Henrietta decided to establish an English-language night school in order to help them become integrated into the American society. Thousands of immigrants studied in the school she established, which was open to everyone, regardless of religion, gender or age. These same humanist and egalitarian values, provided her impetus to establish other projects. She was driven by a sense of mission, fighting against the exclusion and discrimination that she had experienced and witnessed during the first half of her life.

After an unrequited love that broke her heart, she suffered a deep crisis that ended when she concluded that her approach to life had been mistaken. Henrietta  experienced an internal upheaval and made a dramatic decision to change her priorities. In 1912, she established Hadassah, an organization of American Zionist Jewish Women. Hadassah would become a crucial part of her struggle for women’s empowerment and equality.


As an ardent Zionist Szold decided to help the Jewish inhabitants of Palestine who lived in abject poverty, plagued by endemic disease and a high of mortality. With the help of Hadassah, Henrietta established an infrastructure for medical health in Palestine with hospitals and clinics throughout the country. She also helped reform education and develop the social work profession in pre-state Israel.  In one of her greatest achievements, she headed the Youth Aliyah enterprise in Palestine, saving thousands of orphaned children from the clutches of the Nazis. Henrietta became an admired leader in the United States and Palestine.

 

THE LOST ORCHARD: THE PALESTINIAN-ARAB CITRUS INDUSTRY, 1850-1950

By: Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky

(Syracuse University Press, 2021, Paperback ISBN: 9780815636809, Hardcover ISBN: 9780815636700, eBook ISBN: 9780815654957, 232 pages)

The Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, devastated Palestinian lives and shattered Palestinian society, culture, and economy. It also nipped in the bud a nascent grassroots, binational alliance between Arab and Jewish citrus growers. This significant and unprecedented partnership was virtually erased from the collective memory of both Israelis and Palestinians when the Nakba decimated villages and populations in a matter of months.

In The Lost Orchard, Kabha and Karlinsky tell the story of the Palestinian citrus industry from its inception until 1950, tracing the shifting relationship between Palestinian Arabs and Zionist Jews. Using rich archival and primary sources, as well as on a variety of theoretical approaches, Kabha and Karlinsky portray the industry’s social fabric and stratification, detail its economic history, and analyze the conditions that enabled the formation of the unique binational organization that managed the country’s industry from late 1940 until April 1948.

 

BUILDING A NEW LAND: WOMEN ARCHITECTS AND WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS IN MANDATORY PALESTINE

By: Sigal Davidi

(Lamda Scholarship, The Open University of Israel Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-965-06-1633-5; 441 pages; Hebrew; https://did.li/qTFNf)

Building a New Land is a historical-cultural study of the work of Jewish women architects in Mandatory Palestine. This is the first comprehensive study which reveals the work of pioneer women architects, adding a new chapter to what we know about women in architecture in the 20th century. It places women architects as key contributors in developing the design vocabulary for a new nation.

The book exposes the architectural work of a group of women who designed educational, residential and cultural institutions for various Zionist women’s organizations in Mandatory Palestine. It brings to light their impressive, but neglected, visionary body of work: the pioneering planning of institutions designed to support women while shaping the image of a “new woman.” It analyzes the unique contribution of women architects to the development of “social modernism,” a modern architecture that addresses social issues. The book portrays the important role these women architects played in promoting modern architecture in Mandatory Palestine, thus enhancing the social and cultural fabric of the nascent Jewish society.

 

BLACKNESS IN ISRAEL: RETHINKING RACIAL BOUNDARIES

Edited by: Uri Dorchin, Gabriella Djerrahian

(Routledge, 2020, Hardback ISBN 9780367629755, eBook ISBN 9781003111702, 270 pages)

This book explores contemporary inflections of blackness in Israel and foreground them in the historical geographies of Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The contributors engage with expressions and appropriations of modern forms of blackness for boundary-making, boundary-breaking, and boundary-re-making in contemporary Israel, underscoring the deep historical roots of contemporary understandings of race, blackness, and Jewishness.

Allowing a new perspective on the sociology of Israel and the realm of black studies, this volume reveals a highly nuanced portrait of the phenomenon of blackness, one that is located at the nexus of global, regional, national and local dimensions. While race has been discussed as it pertains to Judaism at large, and Israeli society in particular, blackness as a conceptual tool divorced from phenotype, skin tone and even music has yet to be explored. Grounded in ethnographic research, the study demonstrates that many ethno-racial groups that constitute Israeli society intimately engage with blackness as it is repeatedly and explicitly addressed by a wide array of social actors.

Enhancing our understanding of the politics of identity, rights, and victimhood embedded within the rhetoric of blackness in contemporary Israel, this book will be of interest to scholars of blackness, globalization, immigration, and diaspora.

 

THE STAR AND THE SCEPTER: A DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF ISRAEL

By: Emmanuel Navon

(University of Nebraska Press, 2020, Hardcover IBSN: 978-0-8276-1506-9; eBook [PDF]: 978-0-8276-1860-2; eBook [EPUB] 978-0-8276-1858-9; 536 pages)

The first all-encompassing book on Israel’s foreign policy and the diplomatic history of the Jewish people, The Star and the Scepter retraces and explains the interactions of Jews with other nations from the ancient kingdoms of Israel to modernity.

Starting with the Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel Navon argues that one cannot grasp Israel’s interactions with the world without understanding how Judaism’s founding document has shaped the Jewish psyche. He sheds light on the people of Israel’s foreign policy through the ages: the ancient kingdoms of Israel, Jewish diasporas in Europe from the Middle Ages to the emancipation, the emerging nineteenth-century Zionist movement, and Zionist diplomacy following World War I and surrounding World War II.

Navon elucidates Israel’s foreign policy from the birth of the state in 1948 to our days: the dilemmas and choices at the beginning of the Cold War; Israel’s attempts to establish periphery alliances; the Arab-Israeli conflict; Israel’s relations with Europe, the United States, Russia, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the United Nations, and the Jewish diasporas; and how twenty-first-century energy geopolitics is transforming Israel’s foreign relations today.

Navon’s analysis is rooted in two central ideas, represented by the Star of David (faith) and the scepter (political power). First, he contends that the interactions of Jews with the world have always been best served by combining faith with pragmatism. Second, Navon shows how the state of Israel owes its diplomatic achievements to national assertiveness and hard power—not only military strength but economic prowess and technological innovation. Demonstrating that diplomacy is a balancing act between ideals and realpolitik, The Star and the Scepter draws aspirational and pragmatic lessons from Israel’s exceptional diplomatic history.

 

THE OCCUPATION OF JUSTICE: THE SUPREME COURT OF ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

Second Edition

By: David Kretzmer and Yaël Ronen

(Oxford University Press, 2021, ISBN: 9780190696023, 540 pages)

Judicial review by Israel's Supreme Court over actions of Israeli authorities in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 is an important element in Israel's legal and political control of these territories. The Occupation of Justice presents a comprehensive discussion of the Court's decisions in exercising this review. This revised and expanded edition includes updated material and analysis, as well as new chapters. Inter alia, it addresses the Court's approach to its jurisdiction to consider petitions from residents of the Occupied Territories; justiciability of sensitive political issues; application and interpretation of the international law of belligerent occupation in general, and the Fourth Geneva Convention in particular; the relevance of international human rights law and Israeli constitutional law; the rights of Gaza residents after the withdrawal of Israeli forces and settlements from the area; Israeli settlements and settlers; construction of the separation barrier in the West Bank; security measures, including internment, interrogation practices, and punitive house demolitions; and judicial review of hostilities.

The study examines the inherent tension involved in judicial review over the actions of authorities in a territory in which the inhabitants are not part of the political community the Court belongs to. It argues that this tension is aggravated in the context of the West Bank by the glaring disparity between the norms of belligerent occupation and the Israeli government's policies. The study shows that while the Court's review has enabled many individuals to receive a remedy, it has largely served to legitimise government policies and practices in the Occupied Territories.

 

BOUNDED INTEGRATION: THE RELIGION-STATE RELATIONSHIP AND DEMOCRATIC PERFORMANCE IN TURKEY AND ISRAEL

By: Aviad Rubin

(SUNY series in Comparative Politics, 2020, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8077-0, 324 pages)

In this comparative study of the religion-state relationship in Turkey and Israel in the modern era, Bounded Integration reveals the influence this dynamic interaction has had on democratic performance in both countries. In societies where a dominant religion serves as an important component of individual and collective identity, the imposition of secular policies from above may not facilitate democratization but may rather impede the embedding of democracy in society. Moreover, the inclusion or exclusion of religion following statehood may facilitate a certain type of path-dependent political culture, one with long-term political consequences. Aviad Rubin’s refreshing analytical approach comparing and contrasting the region’s only two longstanding democratic entities and the dynamics of religion and the state in two different religions, Islam and Judaism, facilitates generalizable lessons for emergent political regimes in the post–Arab Spring Middle East.

 

COLLABORATIVE GOVERNANCE: THEORY AND LESSONS FROM ISRAEL

By: Neta Sher-Hadar, Lihi Lahat, and Itzhak Galnoor

(Palgrave-Macmillan, 2021, ISBN: 978-3-030-45806-5 [Hardcover], ISBN: 978-3-030-45807-2 [online], 298 pages https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-45807-2)

This book is the first to explore collaborative governance arrangements in Israel. It offers a new, modular definition of collaborative governance, focusing on its contributions toward public values and democracy. The book discusses different kinds of collaborations, their scope, implications, and impact on governability in Israel, a country which provides an interesting setting for learning about collaborative governance, given its heterogeneous population and the nature of the relationship between the state's civil service, the business sector and the civil society. The book presents examples derived from local, and central government levels, and from policy areas such as education, regulation and local government.

  

ON SECURITY AND INSECURITY: THE DOUBLE BATTLE OF WOMEN IN COMBAT 

By: Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah 

(Pardes Press, 2021, ISBN: 978-1618388049; 207 pages; Hebrew; https://www.pardes.co.il/?id=showbook&catnum=978-1-61838-804-9 ) 

The current book provides new insights about one of the most heated debates in Israeli society concerning the incorporation of women to combat roles in the Israel Defense Forces.  Drawing on interviews with 100 female combat soldiers about their experiences in combat and war, this book asks what insights are gained when we take women’s experiences in war as our starting point instead of treating them as “add-ons” to more fundamental or mainstream levels of analysis, and what importance these experiences hold for an analysis of violence, trauma and for security studies. Importantly, the authors introduce a theoretical framework in critical security studies for understanding the integration of IDF women soldiers into combat and combat-support roles, as well as the challenges they face. It is a translated and revised version of their 2020 book: Breaking the Binaries in Security Studies – A gendered analysis of women in Combat (Oxford University Press).  

 

THE RETROSPECTIVE IMAGINATION OF A. B. YEHOSHUA

By: Yael Halevi-Wise

(Penn State University Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-0-271-08785-6 (hardcover, 226 pages)

Once referred to by the New York Times as the “Israeli Faulkner,” A. B. Yehoshua’s fiction invites an assessment of Israel’s Jewish inheritance and the moral and political options that the country currently faces in the Middle East. The Retrospective Imagination of A. B. Yehoshua is an insightful overview of the fiction, nonfiction, and hundreds of critical responses to the work of Israel’s leading novelist.

Instead of an exhaustive chronological-biographical account of Yehoshua’s artistic growth, Yael Halevi-Wise calls for a systematic appreciation of the author’s major themes and compositional patterns. Specifically, she argues for reading Yehoshua’s novels as reflections on the “condition of Israel,” constructed multifocally to engage four intersecting levels of signification: psychological, sociological, historical, and historiosophic. Each of the book’s seven chapters employs a different interpretive method to showcase how Yehoshua’s constructions of character psychology, social relations, national history, and historiosophic allusions to traditional Jewish symbols manifest themselves across his novels. The book ends with a playful dialogue in the style of Yehoshua’s masterpiece, Mr. Mani, that interrogates his definition of Jewish identity.

Masterfully written, with full control of all the relevant materials, Halevi-Wise’s assessment of Yehoshua will appeal to students and scholars of modern Jewish literature and Jewish studies.

 

THEOLOGICAL STAINS: ART MUSIC AND THE ZIONIST PROJECT

By: Assaf Shelleg

(Oxford University Press, 2021, ISBN: 9780197504642 (hardcover), 480 pages)

Theological Stains offers the first in-depth study of the development of art music in Israel from the mid-twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first. In a bold and deeply researched account, author Assaf Shelleg explores the theological grammar of Zionism and its impact on the art music written by emigrant and native composers. He argues that Israeli art music, caught in the tension between a bibliocentric territorial nationalism on the one hand and the histories of deterritorialized Jewish diasporic cultures on the other, often features elements of both of these competing narratives. Even as composers critically engaged with the Zionist paradigm, they often reproduced its tropes and symbols, thereby creating aesthetic hybrids with 'theological stains.'

Drawing on newly uncovered archives of composers' autobiographical writings and musical sketches, Shelleg closely examines the aesthetic strategies that different artists used to grapple with established nationalist representations. As he puts the history of Israeli art music in conversation with modern Hebrew literature, he weaves a rich tapestry of Israeli culture and the ways in which it engaged with key social and political developments throughout the second half of the twentieth century. In analyzing Israeli music and literature against the backdrop of conflicts over territory, nation, and ethnicity, Theological Stains provides a revelatory look at the complex relationship between art and politics in Israel.

  

JOBS RELATED TO ISRAEL STUDIES

Case Western Reserve University – Stephen H. Hoffman Professorship in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature (Open Rank)

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies, invites applications for the Stephen H. Hoffman Professorship in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature. A Ph.D. in Hebrew literature, Hebrew language, or comparative literature with a focus on Hebrew is required. The department welcomes interdisciplinary approaches. The successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor, commensurate with experience. Successful candidates for appointment as associate professor should have a substantial publication record and a national reputation in the candidate’s area of scholarship. Successful candidates for appointment as professor should have demonstrated both an international reputation and continuing accomplishment in the profession, including a strong record of scholarly publications.

Expectations include the teaching of courses in Hebrew language, literature, and culture; departmental and university service; and contributions to the Program in Judaic Studies. Contributions to curricular development are encouraged, and excellence in teaching is expected. The successful candidate should be capable of teaching in both English and Hebrew and should have near-native fluency in both languages.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a vibrant, research-oriented department with 11 full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members. It currently offers 8 language disciplines of study, with majors or minors in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. In addition, course work or a minor is available in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and Russian. The department offers language as well as advanced literature, cinema, culture, and study-abroad courses. It also houses the World Literature program. The successful candidate will also be a core member of the Program in Judaic Studies, which has existing strengths in the religion, history, and cultural anthropology of the Jews and offers a minor in Judaic Studies. More broadly, the candidate will be encouraged to participate in the many interdisciplinary opportunities within the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, which organizes interdepartmental colloquia, offers funding support for faculty research, hosts public lectures, and organizes the Cleveland Humanities Festival.

Case Western Reserve University is part of University Circle, which has one of the nation's largest concentrations of educational, cultural, medical, and performing arts organizations. The College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, and mathematical sciences. The College comprises 21 academic departments, 35 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and 270 faculty members. Students are encouraged to conduct research in their chosen or related fields within the College as well as in collaboration with nearby cultural institutions.

To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials via Interfolio by January 10, 2022.  A complete application consists of a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; a statement on research; a statement on teaching; at least one sample syllabus; and a diversity statement, which explains either: 

a) How their research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future, Or

b) How they value diversity, equity, and inclusion within their research and discipline(s) and how their own scholarly work might contribute to structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also suggest how the candidate’s work, while as a member of Case Western Reserve University, will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how moving forward they intend to foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference. 

Letters of recommendation will be requested from long-listed candidates.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request reasonable accommodations. Determination as to granting accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

UCLA Nazarian Center Call for Applications: Visiting Faculty, Visiting Scholar & Postdoctoral Fellow positions

Dear Colleague,

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for Visiting Faculty and Visiting Scholar positions, and for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, for the 2022-2023 academic year (September 19, 2022-June 16, 2023).

Visiting Faculty

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 for a Visiting Faculty position. We are seeking faculty who have a high level of spoken English and can teach three courses at UCLA related to modern 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 the entire academic year, if at all possible; in certain circumstances a two-quarter residency may be considered. In addition to teaching, visiting faculty are expected to participate in the Nazarian Center’s research activities, engage with UCLA's academic community, and participate in public events. We welcome applications from scholars working in a wide range of disciplines relating to Israel Studies. Women and minority applicants are especially encouraged to apply. This visiting faculty position will be funded primarily by the Israel Institute through its visiting faculty program. The deadline for Visiting Faculty applications is November 1, 2021.

Application Requirements: 1. Letter of Interest; 2. Curriculum Vitae; and 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 activities. Visiting Scholars are expected to come for at least one academic quarter (Fall, Winter or Spring). 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, 2022.

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

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Nazarian Center offers a one-year postdoctoral fellowship to support the work of exceptional scholars at an early stage of their careers in Israel Studies. The fellowship will begin in the Fall of each academic year. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to conduct original research about modern Israel and produce work for submission to appropriate scholarly publications; teach at least one undergraduate course (one quarter); present one public lecture while in residence; and participate actively in Nazarian Center research seminars and other public programs during the fellowship year. The deadline for Postdoctoral Fellow applications is December 3, 2021. For more information and to apply (online only): https://ucla.in/2VsfJPe

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.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with others who may be interested. For further information, please contact Maura Resnick: mkresnick@international.ucla.edu

Best wishes,

Professor Dov Waxman

Director, Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies,

The Rosalind & Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair of Israel Studies

 

Binghamton University - Assistant Professor of Israel Studies

Application Link: https://binghamton.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=135195

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.


Job Description:

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Israel Studies. The successful candidate will also be a member of the Center for Israel Studies (see https://www.binghamton.edu/centers/israel-studies/).

This position is affiliated with the Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (see binghamton.edu/tae/).

Area of Specialization: Social Science. Discipline: Open.

Areas of Competence might include: Societies in Israel, minorities, gender, law, Israeli government and politics, Israel in the modern Middle East, Israeli foreign policy, and Israel-Palestine.

Candidate might engage topics including partition, binationalism, coalition governments, military occupations, and human rights issues through comparative lenses.

The university and department are committed to equity and inclusion. Members of groups historically underrepresented in the field and those from non-traditional backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and service.


Requirements:

The successful candidate will have a strong research program. Teaching experience preferred. Ph.D. in hand by 01 September 2022 is expected.


Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.


Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit applications, including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three professional references, a research statement, a brief writing sample (no longer than a paper or chapter), and a teaching statement that focuses on pedagogy to Binghamton University Interview Exchange. Applications received by 1 October will be guaranteed full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

 

The Helen Diller Institute Calls for Visiting Faculty and Scholars Applications for 2022-2023

The Helen Diller 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 Helen Diller Institute every year, and are actively engaged with Institute programs, faculty and students.

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

Visiting Faculty
The deadline to apply as a visiting faculty is September 30, 2021. 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, 2022. 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 Helen Diller Institute is committed to building an inclusive community and strongly encourages applications for the program from diverse and underrepresented communities.

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers: The Eighteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies

 

CALL FOR PAPERS
for a topical issue of Open Theology
CULTURAL TRAUMA AND THE HEBREW BIBLE


Open Theology (https://www.degruyter.com/OPTH) invites submissions for the topical issue “Cultural Trauma and the Hebrew Bible,” edited by Danilo Verde (KU Leuven) and Dominik Markl (Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome).

In his work titled Trauma: A Social Theory, American sociologist Jeffrey C. Alexander argues: “Cultural trauma occurs when members of a collectivity feel they have been subjected to a horrendous event that leaves indelible marks upon their group consciousness, marking their memories forever and changing their future identity in fundamental and irrevocable ways” (p. 19). From this perspective, the mere occurrence of historical catastrophes or collective traumas does not necessarily result in cultural trauma, since cultural trauma only emerges when a collective catastrophe indelibly shapes a group’s collective memory and produces a profound revision of that group’s collective identity. Cultural trauma studies by no means constitute a single, monolithic research paradigm; yet, scholars in this field largely agree that cultural traumas “are for the most part historically made, not born” (Neil J. Smelser, Psychological Trauma and Cultural Trauma, 37), in the sense that they are the result of complex social processes.

Assuming the perspective of cultural trauma studies in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament scholarship involves understanding how texts and traditions that eventually formed the HB/OT both represented and shaped ancient Israel’s collective identity as profoundly disrupted and in need of recreation. The HB/OT frequently refers to collective experiences of disasters and crises. We accept papers that investigate the interrelationship between biblical representations of collective suffering and the creation of collective identity in ancient Israel and early Judaism in light of cultural trauma theory. Authors will explore biblical texts such as collective laments, curses, narratives, etc. not only as texts representing and voicing the community’s experience of catastrophic events, but also as tools to shape cultural trauma in ancient Israel and early Judaism. Authors are also encouraged to explore relevant texts as “equipment for living” (see  Kenneth Burke, Literature as Equipment for Living, 593-598) for the addressed community, namely as the literary and religious heritage through which the carrier groups of biblical texts attempted to build social resilience by coping with and giving meaning to collective suffering. Among others, topics or areas of focus might include:

  • Representations of collective trauma in the HB/OT: Narrative texts
  • Representations of collective trauma in the HB/OT: Poetic texts
  • Biblical strategies for the shaping of cultural traumas
  • Biblical strategies for the shaping of social resilience
  • Cultural trauma in the HB/OT and in ancient near Eastern literature: Patterns and motifs
  • Carrier groups of cultural traumas and their agendas in ancient Israel and early Judaism
  • Cultural trauma hermeneutics and historical critical approaches
  • The use of the Bible in shaping cultural trauma in the history of Judaism and Christianity

Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:


– Transparent, comprehensive, and efficient peer review.

– Free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Because Open Theology is published in Open Access, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. 

Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk (katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com) before submitting their manuscripts.


HOW TO SUBMIT


Submissions will be collected by March 31, 2022, via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/

Choose as article type: Cultural Trauma and the Hebrew Bible

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: https://www.degruyter.com/publication/journal_key/OPTH/downloadAsset/OPTH_Instruction%20for%20Authors.pdf

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Danilo Verde at danilo.verde@kuleuven.be. In case of technical or financial questions, please contact Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com

 

Call for Proposals: “THE ONE-STATE REALITY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES”

When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there has been a seismic shift in the questions both experts and activists ask, the expectations they hold, the hopes they harbor, and the plans and strategies they consider. This shift is occasioned by the disappearance of a negotiated two-state solution as a credible object of policy by any major actor and by the consolidation of a one-state reality between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

This is a call for papers to be submitted for publication in a special issue of a European-based, globally oriented, widely-read, peer-reviewed, and open-access journal. Our purpose is to accelerate thinking about the implications, dynamics, opportunities, and dilemmas associated with the destruction of so many assumptions and ontological priors that have structured debate and contestation, both between Jewish-Israelis and Palestinians and within those communities. We encourage scholars to advance this work by exploring specific topics as functions, to an important degree, of the emergent one-state reality—a state of affairs that no individual or group considers a solution but which is now the structure within which, and against which, politics occurs.

Peer-reviewed open access journals charge authors an article preparation fee. The guest editors in cooperation with the journal will make an effort to defray or eliminate these costs for scholars lacking the necessary institutional support to pay them. We are strongly committed to diversity in points of view expressed, gender, and community affiliation. But we do require that all contributors accept the one-state reality as a framework for thinking about present dynamics and future opportunities.

Please send questions and 2-3 page paper proposals to Ian S. Lustick, University of Pennsylvania at ilustick@sas.upenn.edu and to Amal Jamal, Tel-Aviv University, ajamal1962@gmail.com.

 

 

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/  

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS IN ISRAEL STUDIES

Call for Applications: 2022 JDC Archives Fellowship Program

The JDC Archives is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2022 fellowship program. In 2022, 6-7 fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, modern history, social welfare, migration, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. For more information, and to apply, visit http://archives.jdc.org/about-us/fellowships-and-grants-general-information/. The fellowship awards are $2,500. The deadline to submit applications is January 28, 2022.

The JDC Archive's online database with documents, photographs, and a names index is available at http://archives.jdc.org/search-the-archives/. Finding aids can be accessed at http://archives.jdc.org/explore-the-archives/finding-aids/. 

 

The Dvora and Michael Goldhirsh Foundation at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism

 

Grants Available to Develop New Undergraduate Courses about Israel

The Israel Institute is pleased to offer Faculty Development Grants to tenured or tenure-track professors who want to develop new courses about modern Israel and add them to their regular rotations. Grants can be used for teaching release, travel to Israel, honing language skills, or pursuing other activities necessary for creating a new course.

Application Deadline: February 23, 2022

How to Apply: Please visit the Israel Institute website to learn more about eligibility, logistics, and to submit your application.

Should you have any questions about the program or about the Israel Institute's work, please contact Dr. Erika Falk, Israel Institute Program Director, at (202) 216-2219 or efalk@israelinstitute.org.

The Israel Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, and non-advocacy 501(c)(3) organization that advances rigorous teaching, research, and discourse about modern Israel in partnership with leading academic, research, and cultural institutions.

 

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.

 

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

EVENTS RELATED TO ISRAEL STUDIES

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