NEW BOOKS BY MEMBERS

   

NATIONALISM IN THE WALLET: MONEY, IDENTITY AND IDEOLOGY IN ISRAEL

By: Na'ama Sheffi and Anat First

(Magnes Press, 2022, ISBN: 978-965-7790-33-5, 214 pages, in Hebrew)

The book examines the ideological motivations behind the selection of representations for Israeli banknotes and coins. The research is based on the proceedings and correspondence of the Bank of Israel Banknotes and Coinage Planning Committee from its inception in 1955 to 2012. The study reveals the mechanisms in which the legal tender is exploited as an expression of banal nationalism, implementing national emblems in an unnoticed manner. Banal nationalism is one of three theoretical frameworks we adopted. The other two are the long history of the Jewish people in the territory which today is the State of Israel; and selective tradition as a means for designing a nation. The book comprises eight chapters: theoretical overview; analytical portrayal of the working methods of the Bank of Israel Banknotes and Coinage Planning Committee; a study of the first designed “Allegoric Figures Series” (1959); analysis of the selection of human figures; the construction of the state borders through an array of landscape images; the reflection of the shifting boundaries in the changing representations Jerusalem; the selection of archaeological emblems as a proof for national continuity; and the symbolic role of flora as identification with the land. 

  

THE MAKING OF AN ALLIANCE: THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE US-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP

By: David Tal

(Cambridge University Press, 2022, Online ISBN: 9781108551472, 404 pages)

Laying the foundation for an understanding of US-Israeli relations, this lively and accessible book provides critical background on the origins and development of the 'special' relations between Israel and the United States. Questioning the usual neo-realist approach to understanding this relationship, David Tal instead suggests that the relations between the two nations were constructed on idealism, political culture, and strategic ties. Based on a diverse range of primary sources collected in archives in both Israel and the United States, The Making of an Alliance discusses the development of relations built through constant contact between people and ideas, showing how presidents and Prime Ministers, state officials, and ordinary people from both countries, impacted one another. It was this constancy of religion, values, and history, serving the bedrock of the relations between the two countries and peoples, over which the ephemeral was negotiated.

 

JEWS, MUSLIMS AND JERUSALEM: DISPUTES AND DIALOGUES
By: Moshe Ma’oz

Sussex Academic Press, Brighton & Chicago, 2021, ISBN 978-1-78976-081-1 [hardback], 270 pages)

Jews, Muslims and Jerusalem: Disputes and Dialogues examines Muslim–Jewish relations during significant periods of history in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. A deep concern in the Muslim Arab world concerns the status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank since 1967, and its control of East Jerusalem, has reinforced anti-Jewish (Judeophobia) and anti-Israel movements. The most prominent are the Hamas, the “Liberation” Party (tahrir), the Islamic Jihad, Hizbullah, the Islamic rulers in Iran, and recently Turkey. Conversely, amongst Jews in Israel and the Diaspora (and amongst many Christians) the last decades have witnessed a rise in extreme Islamophobia in reaction to Arab terrorist attacks, and out of a religious-cultural prejudice against Muslims. Spearheading these trends are members of the Jewish underground, Gush Emunim, Loyalists of the Temple Mount, Holy Temple organizations, and members of the religious Zionist and political movements, the Bayit Yehudi Party and Likud Party.

It is noteworthy that there are numerous proactive movements for coexistence and peace amongst Jews and Muslims in Israel and throughout the world, and in that prevailing spirit dozens of ongoing religious and cultural dialogues are maintained. These interactions, and the political and economic engagement at state level, are distinguished by ambivalence given not only the historical record but through contemporary zealotary by hardliners. The US, the UN and the EU have tried to mediate, but to no avail. President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” has abandoned Washington’s neutrality. PM Netanyahu promotes Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. This book is the most comprehensive, integrated and updated study on these formidable issues. Given the increasingly volatile language by hardline players the Middle East is at a point of critical historical change: Is it to be a political settlement via dialogue or a downward spiral to a dispute that in an age of offensive weaponry available to all parties can only have dire consequences.

 

UPHEAVALS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC COMMUNITIES (in Hebrew)

By: Moshe Ma'Oz

(Magnes Press, 2021, ISBN: 978-965-7776-27-8 [Paperback], 281 pages)

During the last decades there have occurred significant upheavals in the political and military position of many religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East and North Africa. Communities which had been rejected and discriminated for decades rose to power or strengthened their political position in their countries by means of military struggles.Meanwhile, in Israel/Palestine, the ethnical-religious Jewish minority has become a ruling majority, while excluding the former Arab-Muslim-Sunni majority, following the wars of 1948 and 1976.

This book examines these processes.

JOBS RELATED TO ISRAEL STUDIES

Senior Academic Faculty Positions Available

The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism (BGRI) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boker campus, invites applications for a tenure-track position in an area related to the study of Israel and Zionism. The appointment will begin in autumn 2022.

BGRI promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching in social, political, and cultural aspects of the study of Israel and Zionism.

Successful candidates will hold a doctoral degree and will ideally have completed post-doctoral training. They should be able to demonstrate independent and original research capabilities of the highest order; teaching experience, preferably in both Hebrew and English; and an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at the BGRI and in the university community broadly.

Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae; a cover letter describing the candidate’s areas of research, future research plans and ways of integrating into the Institute’s activity; a teaching statement; and the names and contact details of four references.

BGRI attributes much importance to the candidate’s willingness to relocate to the Sde Boker campus or its vicinity.

SUBMITTING APPLICATION MATERIALS: https://bguacademicrecruitment.force.com/Recruiters/VF_BGUPositions?Id=02i5I000007vPtj

Application Open Until February 17, 2022.

 

Visiting Lecturer/Israel Institute Fellow, University of Pittsburgh USA

The Jewish Studies Program (https://www.jewishstudies.pitt.edu/) at the University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a three-year Visiting Lecturer/Israel Institute Teaching Fellow in Israel Studies, beginning fall 2022. We welcome applicants who approach modern Israel (broadly construed) from a range of methodologies and specializations, and who can form connections with colleagues in allied departments, programs, and centers at the University, including but not limited to the University Center for International Studies. The fellow will teach four courses per year (2/2), three of which must be related to modern Israel. We encourage applications from creative and dedicated scholars, teachers, and mentors eager to contribute to the intellectual life of the Jewish Studies Program and the University of Pittsburgh.

Minimum Requirements:

While the position is open to scholars at any career stage, applicants must have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by July 2022. Applicants must have expertise in modern Israel as demonstrated by a dissertation or at least two peer-reviewed publications, as well as experience teaching about modern Israel in a University setting.

In order to be considered, please submit at https://join.pitt.edu (requisition 21008381)  by February 1, 2022: a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae; a dissertation or book abstract; a sample syllabus of an Israel related course that you have taught or intend to teach; a statement of teaching interests, experience, and philosophy; a one-page description of some events or programs that you would be interested in organizing at Pitt; a one-to-two-page diversity statement, discussing how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence; one writing sample or excerpt of no more than 20 pages including references and appendices; and email contacts for three recommenders.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

 

Allison Thompson

Administrator, Department of Linguistics

Acting Administrator, Department of Religious Studies

Acting Interdisciplinary Team Leader

     Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

     Critical European Culture Studies Program

     Cultural Studies Program

     Film and Media Studies Program

     Gender, Sexualilty & Women’s Studies Program

     Humanities Center

     Jewish Studies Program

     Medieval & Renaissance Studies

University of Pittsburgh

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

2714 Cathedral of Learning

E:  AMT79@pitt.edu

The Dietrich School is committed to fostering a culture where work-life balance is valued and respected. Responses to email can be expected during typical business hours Monday through Friday.

 

Search for a Professor and Director for Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, seeks applications for a director of the Institute. The director should be an eminent scholar of Israel Studies, with expertise in a field of the humanities or social sciences. Appointment will be at the rank of associate or full professor, with a tenure home in the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies, with possible affiliation in another department corresponding to the applicant’s discipline. The successful candidate will have a scholarly profile commensurate with the rank to which the candidate is appointed and will teach one course in Israel Studies per semester. Responsibilities of the director will include cultivating the strategic vision of the Gildenhorn Institute and attending to its day-to-day administration, engaging with public audiences through conferences, lectures, and other programs, and overseeing the Institute’s undergraduate and graduate educational programs. The director will also represent the Institute on campus and will oversee the Institute’s fund-raising initiatives.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a CV, a statement about research interests and teaching, and three references to https://ejobs.umd.edu. The Position Number is 123137. For best consideration, please apply by January 31, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the search committee, Professor Marsha Rozenblit by email: mrozenbl@umd.edu .

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

 

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 Scholar positions

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

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

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

 

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.

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS IN ISRAEL STUDIES

The Dan David Society of Fellows: Call for Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2022/2023

The Dan David Society of Fellows aims to support outstanding postdoctoral research in the study of the past. The Society’s two-year postdoctoral fellowship provides generous funding for international and Israeli scholars, to pursue innovative research at the highest level while enjoying the professional mentorship of faculty members at Tel Aviv University.

Candidates who have completed their PhD in any discipline involved in the study of the past, including but not limited to history, archaeology, history of the arts, history of education, history of science and medicine, physical anthropology, literature and digital humanities are eligible to apply. Researchers who have completed their PhD at Tel Aviv University are not eligible for the Fellowship.

Candidates must have their PhD degree in hand no earlier than October 1, 2017 and no later than September 1, 2022 (applicants who were on maternity leave are entitled to add an extra year for each child born since receiving the PhD degree).

The fellowship will be awarded without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender or age. Up to four fellowships will be awarded for a maximum of two years each, beginning on October 1, 2022. The renewal of the fellowship for the second year will be subject to review by the Society’s Academic Committee at the end of the first year. Fellows will be asked to spend at least three days a week at Tel Aviv University and to become part of the scholarly community of the university’s Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of the Arts. They will be required to fully participate in the activities of the Dan David Society of Fellows, including a twice-monthly seminar dedicated to cutting-edge methodologies and historiographic approaches, and to present their research to the other fellows once a year.

The program’s academic activities will all be conducted in English. Fellows will receive an annual scholarship of $40,000. Fellows who are not Israeli citizens will also be entitled to partially subsidized on-campus housing.

Applications should include the following documents in English: CV (including a list of publications); a statement of research plans (max. 5 pages); summary of PhD dissertation (max. 1 page); and 3 letters of recommendation (one from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor).

The deadline for applications for the 2022/2023 academic year is February 15, 2022. Candidates will be informed of the decision regarding their application by April 1, 2022.

The application process is completed online, through the following link: https://humanities.tau.ac.il/dan-david-fellows-form

 

Call for Applications: Faculty Fellowship - Summer Institute for Israel Studies

Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2022
June 29 - July 10 at Brandeis University and July 11 - 21 in Israel

Thanks to a generous donor, we can offer special consideration to candidates teaching in Abraham Accord countries: Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for its Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) Faculty Fellowship, open to faculty in all disciplines with an interest in Israel Studies. The fellowship provides travel, accommodations and meals as well as a stipend of up to $2,500. The program begins with a residency at Brandeis University (June 29-July 10), where participants study with world-class faculty from a broad range of Israel Studies disciplines. During this time, they develop a syllabus for a course, or course segment, that they will return to teach at their home institution. The group then travels to Israel for an immersive 10-day study tour (July 11-21) that includes site visits, encounters with cultural informants, as well as discussions with Israeli academicians, Jewish and Arab policy makers, political figures, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and social advocates.
 
Program and Application Details: brandeis.edu/israel-center/siis/index.html

Eligibility: Full-time equivalent faculty members, in any discipline, teaching at a college or university outside of Israel with approved plans to introduce a new course on Israel Studies, OR to substantially integrate Israel into an existing course.
 
Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Notification: Early March 2022

Application Materials

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal Statement
  • A sample syllabus for any course that you have taught
  • Two references, including one from your department chair or a senior administrator

Questions: Please direct inquiries to scis@brandeis.edu.

Start your application!

 

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

CALLS FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers: "A Film Scholarship without Films? Reimagining Israeli Cinema History through the Archive"


The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University (Israel), 5-6 July 2022 (in-person, with online participation available)

As early as 2001, historian Moshe Zimmerman lamented the tendency of Israeli cinema scholars to “analyze the content, narrative, ideological and aesthetic aspects of finished films,” while showing an “almost total disregard” of primary sources that may reveal “the conditions of technology, funding, production, distribution and mediation [of] filmmaking in Israel.” A few worthwhile exceptions notwithstanding, over the past two decades little has changed: Israeli film scholarship continues to leave archival materials unexplored, and by extension, its own historical paradigms largely unchallenged.


Our symposium aims to reconceptualize Israeli film historiography through research based primarily or exclusively on archival materials that are not the films themselves. These materials include, but are not limited to:
• Reviews in general press and film magazines.
• Memoirs, testimonials, and correspondence by industry personnel.
• Production files.
• Censorship reports.
• Financial data (on film funding, box-office returns, etc.)
• Trade journals by industry unions and lobby groups.
• Film ads, posters and other publicity materials.
• On-set photos.
• Scripts (particularly of unrealized projects).
• Governmental laws and policy-making.
• Filmmaking technology (imported and locally invented).
• Fan materials (scrapbooks, fan club paraphernalia, etc.).
 

So if you conducted or plan to conduct such research in the context of Israeli film historiography, send a proposal our way by March 15, 2022.


For full CFP and contact details, see here and below:
https://bit.ly/3qzhh5u

Dr. Dan Chyutin and Yael Mazor
The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University


Advisory committee: Prof. Dr. Raz Yosef (Tel Aviv University), Dr. Boaz Hagin (Tel Aviv University), Prof. Dr. Rachel S. Harris (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne), Dr. Ori Levin (Tel Aviv University), Dr. Hilla Lavie (Hebrew University)

 

Call for Applications: Research Workshop

How May Israel-Diaspora Relations Illuminate Israel’s Jewish Character?

The Azrieli Center for Israel Studies at Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) runs in the past five years a research group focusing on the place, influence, and images of Jewish diasporas in the State of Israel. The research group will host its two-day annual workshop at the Sde-Boker campus 3-4 July 2022, which will focus on the following topics:

·       The place of the diaspora in shaping Israel’s agenda;

·       The place of the diaspora in Israel’s mission and vision as a Jewish state;

·       Diasporic influences on Israeli definitions of domestic and international borders of the Jewish people. 

Workshop participants will be expected to explore these topics via one of the following categories:

·       Viewpoints of personae and leaders and the various ways they interpret the place of the diaspora in delineating the Jewish meaning and purpose of the State of Israel; 

·       Diverse arenas, such as: Civil society organizations, global Jewish institutions, ceremonies and rituals, the arts, or educational programs - as means to study the place of the diaspora in depicting the Jewish meaning of Israel. 

Proposals should be submitted (in Hebrew or English) by January 25th, 2022 via the following electronic form, and include contact information, academic affiliation, and a summary of up to 350 words describing the proposed research and its contribution to the workshop. The workshop will be held in Hebrew, participants are welcome to present either in Hebrew or English. 

Admitted applicants will be asked to submit a draft paper of approximately 1,500 words by June 1st, 2022, in preparation for the workshop. Selected articles may be subsequently included in a forthcoming academic volume. In addition, following the workshop, a public conference will take place in Jerusalem in a collaboration with the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the Shalom Hartman Jerusalem Institute. Workshop participants will be encouraged to attend and potentially present their papers at the conference.

Steering Committee: Talia Avnon-Benveniste, Talia Gorodess, Paula Kabalo, Aviad Moreno, Reut Noyman, Adi Sherzer, Ofer Shiff.

 

Call for Papers (in Hebrew)
Special Volume
Demographics in Israel: Historical and Contemporary Aspects

The journals: Iyunim (Thematic Series), published by the Ben-Gurion Institute, and Strategic Assessment, published by the Institute for National Security Studies, are about to issue a volume in Hebrew and English that will deal with the historical and contemporary connections between demography, nation-building, and national security in the broadest sense. The demographic issue is a central one in the study of Israel and has long-term, profound, and vast consequences. Demographic modifications bring about economic, social, political, environmental, and security changes and are affected by such changes.

The volume, edited by Prof. Avi Bareli, Dr. Kobi Michael, and Dr. Havatzelet Yahel, will be multidisciplinary and is open to research from diverse fields of knowledge, including history, economics, political science, sociology, ecology and sustainability, international relations, law, geography, gender, immigration, conflict resolution, politics and government, public health, and more.

Among other things, the volume seeks to deal with demography in the following contexts:

National security and national resilience | Strategy | Law | Economy | International Relations | Politics | Immigration | Borders | Demographics in the Middle East | Population dispersal in Israel | Demographic forecasts | Sustainability | Epidemics

Up to 300 words proposals should be sent in WORD format entitled ‘Demographics in Israel’ by March 31, 2022, to omiller@bgu.ac.il.

The authors of the approved proposals will submit their paper in its final version by September 30, 2022. Articles should be up to 6,000 words in length, including a summary, reference, and footnotes, and submitted following the guidelines of Iyunim (https://in.bgu.ac.il/bgi/iyunim/Pages/submission.aspx). The papers will be peer-reviewed, translated to English, and published in Hebrew (print and digital format) and English (digital format).

 

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/  

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