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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - April 30, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List
Week of Monday, April 30, 2001
7 Iyyar 5761


1. Call for Papers: The History of Printing and Publishing in the Languages and Countries of the Middle East (Glass and Roper)

2. Colloquium at UPenn: Modern Jewry and the Arts (University of Pennsylvania)

3. Turkish Rescue of Rhodes Jews in the Holocaust: University of Hartford hosts "Visas for Life" Exhibit (AAJFT)

4. New Publication: *Jewish Journalism and Printing Houses in the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey* (Bortnick)

1. Call for Papers: The History of Printing and Publishing in the Languages and Countries of the Middle East (Glass and Roper)

From: gjr@ULA.CAM.AC.UK
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 17:50:12 +0000
Courtesy: Rachel Simon <>
Date: Friday, April 6, 2001 10:37 AM



SYMPOSIUM: 9-12 September 2002

MAINZ, Germany

This Symposium will form part of the First World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (WoCMES), which will take place in Mainz, under the auspices of a number of international bodies, including the Middle East studies associations of Europe, North America and elsewhere. Further information about the Congress can be obtained from the organisers, Prof. Guenter Meyer and Joern Thielmann, at or on the Congress website at

The theme of this Symposium is especially appropriate in Mainz, which is the city of Gutenberg, the birthplace of the printing press, and location of the world's largest and most important printing history museum, the Gutenberg Museum. The Director of the Museum has committed his support, and the Museum will host the Symposium sessions. There will also be a special exhibition there on the subject.

Mainz is a highly accessible venue, being less than 30 minutes by direct train from Frankfurt Airport. (And it is on the Rhine.) Special deals for travel and accommodation will be available to Congress participants.

The following are some (but not necessarily all) of the themes which may be discussed in Symposium papers and sessions:-

# Arabic and Hebrew printing before Gutenberg

# The origins and development of European typography in Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, Armenian and other Middle Eastern scripts

# The arrival and development of typography in the Middle East, and the reasons for its lateness

# The aesthetic and practical dimensions of Middle Eastern typography and type design, and the cognitive effects of the printed page

# The use of lithography in the Middle East

# The preparation of Middle Eastern texts for printing, in its historical and physical aspects

# The history of Middle Eastern publishing, and the social, economic,
psychological and literary consequences of its development

# The history of publishing in Middle Eastern languages in Europe, the
Americas and elsewhere outside the Middle East

# The birth and early growth of newspapers and periodicals in the Middle East

# The early development of libraries of printed books in the Middle East

# The problems and challenges of descriptive and analytical bibliography of
early and rare Middle Eastern printed materials


Papers may be given in English, French or German.


1 June 2001. Those who wish to participate should send their names and
addresses (postal and electronic) either of the convenors (see below) before
this date. Those wishing to give a paper should state the title. All
respondents will then receive further information and registration forms in
September 2001.

Those who responded to the earlier preliminary notice should confirm their
intentions by the above deadline.

15 December 2001. Abstracts (300-400 words) must reach the Conveners by this


Congress fees will be determined by the WoCMES organisers, and will be kept as low as possible, with a substantial reduction for students.


Dr Dagmar Glass
Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
Instituet fuer Ausssereuropaeische Sprachen und Kulturen
Bismarckstr. 1
D-91054 Erlangen

Tel.: +49 9131 8522446
Fax: +49 9131 8526022

Dr Geoffrey Roper
Islamic Bibliography Unit
Cambridge University Library
West Road

Tel: +44 1223 333057
Fax: +44 1223 333160

They will have the backing of a small team of scholars in Germany, Great
Britain, the USA and elsewhere, who will assess proposals in different

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact either of the
2. Colloquium at UPenn: Modern Jewry and the Arts (Ben-Ur)

From: Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Via: Aviva Ben-Ur, (announcement received by snail)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Readers may be interested to know that the upcoming conference at the University of Pennsylvania includes at least three Sephardi/Mizrahi components. The musical event, in particular, should serve as an inspiration for those seeking to introduce to next year's AJS a "Sephardic evening" event. Below, please find information on the Sephardi/Mizrahi-related sessions at UPenn. My apologies for the tardiness of this post.]

Center for Advanced Judaic Studies: University of Pennsylvania
Seventh Annual Gruss Colloquium in Judaic Studies: Modern Jewry and the Arts
April 30-May 2, 2001

**Tuesday, May 1, 4:30 pm**
Logan Hall, Room 17, University of Pennsylvania, 249 S. 36th Street
"Encounters Between Nationalism and Jewish Popular Cultures"
three panelists, a chair and a respondent. Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies panelist is:

Amy Horowitz, American University/CAJS
"Approaching Sound Barriers: Arab Aesthetic Affinity and Israeli National Loyalty in Popular Mizrahi Music"

**Tuesday, May 1, 8:00 pm**
Concert (by invitation)
"Sephardic Diaspora: Interpretations of Judeo-Spanish and Judeo-Arabic Song"
Introduction: Amy Horowitz and Mark Kligman

Judith Cohen and Tamar Ilana Cohen Adams
The Gerard Edery Ensemble
Mesaouda Judeo Arabic Ensemble featuring Marc Hazan

Amado Hall, Irvine Auditorium
University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Spruce Street

**Wednesday, May 2, 9:00 am**
Logan Hall, Room 17, University of Pennsylvania, 249 S. 36th Street

three panelists and a chair. Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies presenter is:

Mark Kligman, Hebrew Union College, JIR-NY/CAJS
"Function vs. Aesthetic: Aspects of American Synagogue Music"

For more information, contact the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies University of Pennsylvania
Tel: 215-238-1290, Fax: 215-238-1540
3. Turkish Rescue of Jews in the Holocaust: University of Hartford hosts "Visas for Life" Exhibit (AAJFT)

Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 14:48:55 -0400 (EDT)
To: Amerikan Association Of Jewish Friends of TURKEY <>
Courtesy: Rachel Simon,

Federation of Turkish American Associations, Inc.
821 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 682-7688 Fax: (212) 687-3026

29 ekim kutlamalarinin filmi linki.

The University of Hartford to host "Visa's for Life" Exhibit

Reception to honor Selahattin Ulkumen

The University of Hartford will host a photography exhibit in May 2001
that details the extraordinary efforts of individuals to rescue Jews from
the crematoria of the Nazi death camps of World War II. One of those
individuals honored in the exhibit is Selahattin Ulkumen, the Turkish
Consul on the island of Rhodes during that time.

The purpose of this exhibit is to tell, for the first time, an important
story of the Holocaust and World War II. It is a history of courage,
valor, kindness and the recognition of the value of human life. It is the
story of a group of diplomats from around the world, acting as
individuals, to confront and overcome evil in its extreme. Collectively,
they rescued more than 250,000 lives from the Nazi Holocaust.

In 1944, Selahattin Ulkumen was the 30-year-old Turkish Consul stationed
on the Greek island of Rhodes. In February 1944, the mission on Rhodes
was the only functioning mission of Turkey in the region. In September
1943, Italy had withdrawn from the war and lost control of its island
possessions. Soon thereafter, the German army occupied the island and
demanded that the Turkish Consulate close its doors.

On July 20, 1944 the Gestapo ordered all 1800 of the islands Jews to
report for registration pending deportation. Jews had been living on the
island of Rhodes since 1492, descendants of refugees from the Spanish
Inquisition. Ulkumen heard that all the Jews, including those of Turkish
citizenship, were being rounded up and were destined for the Nazi
concentration camps.

Consul Ulkumen recalled, "I went to the commander -- General von Kleeman
- and asked him to release 42 Turkish citizens, who were Jewish by
religion. Where a Turk was married for example, to an Italian, I said for
humanitarian reasons that the whole family was Turkish. I succeeded in
saving 42 persons. Not all of them were Turkish. I don't know how many
were not Turks. If I could, I would have saved more Jews, but it was
beyond my competence. The 42 were released, but the other Jews were
conducted to Auschwitz."

After the war, Ulkumen remained in the Turkish diplomatic service for
another 34 years, serving in Europe, as Consul General in Beirut and
Cairo, and Deputy Secretary General of CENTO (Central Treaty

Ulkumen retired from diplomatic service in 1979 at the age of 65 and now
resides in Istanbul. In June 1990, he was awarded Israel's "Righteous
Among Nation's" medal. He is the only Turk to receive Israel's highest
award. When asked why he had risked his life to save Jews, he replied,
"I didn't know the Rhodes Jews. I had no dealings with them. In Turkey
I had Jewish friends, in the university. I didn't make any
differentiation whether they were Jews or Muslims. I didn't ask what
their religion was. I had no special ties with Jews. I only had
humanitarian feelings to every human being."

The University of Hartford is honored to be the host of the exhibition
"Visas for Life." In the context of this exhibition, the University would
like to give special recognition to Selahattin Ulkumen. His personal
heroism can serve as a source of pride for all citizens of Turkey as well
as a role model for contemporary students. The Turkish community is
invited to join President Walter Harrison and other guests at a special
showing on May 6, 2001, from 2:00 to 3:30p.m. The exhibit and reception
will be held in the Joseloff Gallery, located in the Harry Jack Gray
Conference Center. For more information, please contact Richard Lazzerini
or Hikmet Aslan at the University of Hartford's International Center @

Hikmet ASLAN
International Center Ass. Dir.
& Ass. Men's Soccer Coach
University of Hartford
International Center
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone#(860)768 4870 Fax#(860)768 4726
4. New Publication: *Jewish Journalism and Printing Houses in the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey* (Bortnick)

Date: Sunday, April 29

I would like to announce the recent publication of *Jewish Journalism and Printing Houses in the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey* (edited by Gad Nassi, 167 pages, The Isis Press, Istanbul, 2001). This book includes articles by professors Yaron Ben-Naeh and Avner Levi. Comprehensive lists and bibliographies are by researchers Dr. Gad Nassi and Rifat Bali (the latter from Istanbul.) For more information, contact:

Rachel Amado Bortnick

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