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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - November 30, 2003

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)judnea.umass.edu>
Week of Sunday, November 30, 2003 (5 Kislev 5764)

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Index:

1. Announcement: Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus to Feature Session on Atlantic Studies with Jonathan Schorsch and Holly Snyder (Ben-Ur)

2. Announcement: Sephardi/Mizrahi Sessions at AJS 2003 (Ben-Ur)

3. Announcement: AJS Headquarters Move to New York (Katchen)

4. Announcement: Statement on North American Undergraduate Study in Israeli Universities (Katchen)

5. New Publication: *The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times* (Reguer)

6. New Publications: *From Istanbul to Jerusalem: The Itinerary of a Young Turkish Jew,* etc. (Bali and Kark)

7. New Publication: *Libro de los Testimonios: Los Sefardíes y el Holocausto* (Santa Puche)

8. Call for papers- Queens College Journal of Jewish Studies (Queens College)

9. Call for Papers: Conversos and Spanish History (Ingram)

10. Announcement: Sephardic Music Project (Bresler)

11. Lecture: “Castro’s Jews” (Zohar)
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1. Announcement: Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus to Feature Session on Atlantic Studies with Jonathan Schorsch and Holly Snyder (Ben-Ur)

I am pleased to announce that the 6th annual Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus will feature a presentation on the ever-growing field of Atlantic Studies.

The speakers will be:

Jonathan Schorsch (Columbia University), "Methodological Waves?: Sephardic and Atlantic World Studies"

and

Holly Snyder (Brown University), title to be announced.

The Caucus meets during lunchtime on Monday, December 22,
12:15 P.M.–1:15 P.M. at the Association for Jewish Studies conference.

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2. Announcement: Sephardi/Mizrahi Sessions at AJS 2003 (Ben-Ur)

I am pleased to announce that this year’s Association for Jewish Studies conference features no less than 11 sessions either partly or fully devoted to Sephardi and Mizrahi themes. Show your support and interest by your attendance and active participation in the question and answer periods. The sessions are as follows:

1) Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus (Monday, Dec.22, 12:15-1:15)
“Sephardic and Atlantic World Studies”
(Lunch by paid reservation only; no charge for the caucus itself)
Chair: Norman A. Stillman (University of Oklahoma)

2) 1.6: “Sephardi/Mizrahi Voices in a New Cultural Context”
Chair: Angel Saenz-Badillos (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Session 1, Sunday, December 21, 9:30–11:00 A.M.

Poetic Originality or Plagiarism?: Zekharyah al-Dahiri's Adaptations of Andalusian Hebrew Poetry
Adena Tanenbaum (Ohio State University)

Reading Text/Navigating Space: SacredText, New World Exploration,
and the Construction of Identity in a Marrano Autobiography
Ronnie Perelis (New York University)

Funeral Sermons among the Western Sephardim
Julia R. Lieberman (Saint Louis University)

3) 1.12: “Literary Border Crossings”
Chair: Ruth R. Wisse (Harvard University)
Session 1, Sunday, December 21, 9:30–11:00 A.M.

The American Hebrew Writer as Rearguard Pioneer:
Reading Border Crossings in Lisitsky's `Eleh Toledot Adam
Jill Havi Aizenstein (New York University)

Writing in Tongues: German-Jewish Social Worker and Writer
Clementine Kraemer (1873–1942) as Bavarian Folk Author
Elizabeth Ann Loentz (University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Strange Fascination of Sepharad:
Moacyr Scliar's Rewriting of Brazilian and Jewish Histories
Monique R. Balbuena (University of California at Berkeley)

4) 3.8: “Music and Theater in Sephardi and Mizrahi Culture”
Chair: Kay K. Shelemay (Harvard University)
Session 3, Sunday, December 21, 2003 1:45 P.M.–3:45 P.M.

The Rise of the Ladino Theater in the Ottoman Empire
Olga Borovaia (Russian State University for the Humanities)

Sounds of Emancipation: Shaping Jewish Identity through Music
in Nineteenth-Century Italy
Francesco Spagnolo (Universit? Statale di Milano)

`?Ay Paxarico!': Ladino Songs and Mystical Hebrew Poetry
Vanessa Paloma (Los Angeles, CA)

From Raja Mashiah to the Sion Sangam:
Indian Cultural Elements in Cochin Jewish Women's Zionist Songs
Barbara C. Johnson (Ithaca College)

5) 4.7a: “Modern Sephardi/Mizrahi Responsa: Alterity and Gender”
Chair: Norman A. Stillman (University of Oklahoma)
Session 4, Sunday, December 21, 2003 4:00 P.M.–5:30 P.M.

Biblical Norms, Rabbinic Law, and Gender Otherness
Norma Baumel Joseph (Concordia University)

The `Other' in the Eyes of a Mizrahi Posek
Zion Zohar (Florida International University)

6) 4.7b: “Trade and Modernization in the Sephardic Mediterranean”
Chair: Paul Lawrence Rose (Pennsylvania State University)
Session 4, Sunday, December 21, 2003 4:00 P.M.–5:30 P.M.

Trust, Reputation, and the Market: Sephardic Networks in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Francesca Trivellato (Yale University)

How to Westernize Ottoman Jews: The Eighteenth Century
Matthias B. Lehmann (Indiana University)

7) 5.5: “Sephardi Identity in the Caribbean and Latin America”
Chair: Shmuel Shepkaru (University of Oklahoma)
Session 5, Monday, December 22, 2003 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.

Old and New Sephardim: The White and Mulatto Jews of Suriname, South America
Aviva Ben-Ur (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

Religious Assimilation in the Nineteenth Century:
Curaçaoan Sephardim in Coro and Santo Domingo
Josette Goldish (Newton, MA)

Becoming `Argentine': Sephardic/Jewish Women and the Zionist Project
Adriana Brodsky (Duke University)

The Heritage of Place in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands:
Enacting Sephardic Ethnicity within an American Reform Congregation
Judah Cohen (New York University)

8) 5.11: “Post-Zionism and Beyond: Current Perspectives on Israeli Culture and Society”
Chair: Nina Spiegel (Stanford University)
Session 5, Monday, December 22, 2003 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.

Literary History in the post-Zionist Era: Etgar Keret and the Emergence of a First-Person Dual in Modern Hebrew Literature
Yaron Peleg (George Washington University)

History, Parody, and Representation: Orly Castel-Blum's post-Zionist Poetics
Todd S. Hasak-Lowy (University of Florida)

The Nation State in an Age of Globalization: Reclaiming Zionism as a Movement of Liberation
Eran Kaplan (University of Cincinnati)

Black Panthers, Black Hats, and Beyond: Rethinking Mizrahi Politics
Adam Rubin (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)

9) 6.5: “Integrating the Sephardi/ Mizrahi Experience: a Roundtable”
Sponsored by The Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus
and presented through the generosity of the Maurice Amado Foundation
Chair: Elka B. Klein (University of Cincinnati)
Session 6, Monday, December 22, 2003 10:45 A.M.–12:15 P.M.

Sephardic Studies in the Early Modern Jewish History Curriculum
Matt Goldish (Ohio State University)

Integration of Sephardic Studies into the Core Curriculum at HUC-JIR
Mark Kligman (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)

Beyond Spain: The Study of Medieval Jewry in the Islamic Mediterranean and Middle East
Marina Rustow (Emory University)

Approaches to Modern Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies
Sarah Abrevaya Stein (University of Washington)

10) 7.11: “Conversos and Conversions in Early Modern Europe”
Chair: Sharon Koren (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)
session 7, Monday, December 22, 2003 1:30 P.M.–3:30 P.M.

A Convert among the London Conversos: New Light on the Oral Law Debate
Matt Goldish (Ohio State University)

Marginal Jews as Christian Proselytes among Conversos in Seventeenth-Century Iberia
David L. Graizbord (University of Arizona)

To Convert or Not to Convert?: Slaves and Non-Whites in the Western Sephardic Diaspora
Jonathan Schorsch (Columbia University)

Conversion and the Writing of History
in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Sephardic Culture
Adam D. Sutcliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

11) 9.15: “The Role of History in the Israeli Novel” (Conducted in English)
Chair:
Eric Zakim (Duke University)
Session 9, Tuesday, December 23, 2003 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.

Re/Complicating the Old Yishuv: Sephardic History in Works by Non-Sephardic Israeli Authors
Stacy N. Beckwith (Carleton College)

The Jewish Subject in the Fiction of Aharon Appelfeld
Emily Budick (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Of Triangles and Generations: Historical Undertones of a Structural Paradigm in Agnon, Oz, and Yehoshua
Yael Halevi-Wise (McGill University)

History and Identity in Yehoshua's Mr. Mani,
Journey to the End of the Millennium,
and The Liberating Bride
Bernard Horn (Framingham State College)
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3. Announcement: AJS Headquarters Move to New York (Katchen)

from: ajs(at)brandeis.edu
via: H-Judaic hjmod(at)oise.utoronto.ca

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Effective next Monday, December 1, 2003, the home office of the Association for Jewish Studies will be located at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. From that day forward, please direct all inquiries and AJS business as follows:

Association for Jewish Studies
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011-6301
Phone: 917-606-8249
Fax: 917-606-8282
E-mail: ajs@ajs.cjh.org
Web: www.brandeis.edu/ajs

We welcome Karin Kugel as our new administrative assistant, starting next Monday.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the officers and membership of the association for the privilege of serving as Executive Director over the past nine years and to welcome my successor, Dr. Rona Sheramy. I hope you will extend to her the many courtesies and the support that you have shown me. I also want to express my thanks here, as I shall again in December, to
Miranda Winer, who has been of invaluable support to me and to the
membership in recent years. I look forward to seeing you all at the Annual Conference at the Sheraton Boston December 21-23.

With all good wishes,
Aaron L. Katchen
Outgoing Executive Director

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Association for Jewish Studies
Lawrence H. Schiffman, Ph.D., President
Aaron L. Katchen, Ph.D., Executive Director

MS 011 email: ajs(at)brandeis.edu
Brandeis University Voice: (781) 736-2981
P.O. Box 549110 FAX: (781) 736-2982
Waltham, MA 02454-9110 http://www.brandeis.edu/ajs
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4. Statement on North American Undergraduate Study in Israeli Universities (Katchen)

From: Association for Jewish Studies <ajs(at)brandeis.edu>
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:59 PM

To the Members and Friends of the Association for Jewish Studies:

The American Academy for Jewish Research, the Association for Jewish Studies, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew have issued a joint statement expressing their concern over the restrictions imposed by numerous American and Canadian universities on undergraduates who wish to participate in "semester abroad" programs of study in Israel and asking university administrators to review their policies and remove impediments to such study.

Please publicize and disseminate this statement widely.

The statement follows:

American Academy for Jewish Research
Association for Jewish Studies
National Association of Professors of Hebrew

Statement on North American Undergraduate Study in Israeli Universities

Over the past three years, the sharp decline in the number of North American undergraduate students in "study abroad" programs at Israeli universities has had a severe and deleterious impact on academic Jewish Studies Programs in the United States and Canada. Students in such programs have been shown to benefit greatly from the language study and other subject specialization opportunities that can be found only at Israeli universities.

As presidents of the three major academic organizations of Jewish Studies faculty in North America, we wish to express our alarm at the policies of North American universities that serve to dissuade, discourage, prevent or even prohibit students who decide to study in Israel from doing so.

We recognize legitimate concerns for safety and the cautionary advice given by the State Department about travel in Israel. But we believe that, rather than cancel programs or prohibit study, universities should base the decision to award university credit for academic work done elsewhere solely on academic criteria and that no penalty should be imposed on students who have chosen freely and of their own volition to participate in such programs.

We call upon the administrations of American universities to review their policies on study in Israel in order to remove obstacles created by administrative decisions that are not germane to academic standards, so as to allow students to pursue their legitimate academic goals.

Shmuel Bolozky
(University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
President
National Association of Professors of Hebrew
(413) 545-2550

Lawrence H. Schiffman
(New York University)
President
Association for Jewish Studies
(212) 998-8980

David B. Ruderman
(University of Pennsylvania)
President
American Academy for Jewish Research
(215) 238-1290

The statement may also be viewed on the AJS
Website at
http://www.brandeis.edu/ajs/Study%20Abroad%20statement%20NAPH-AJS-AAJR.html

Yours sincerely,

Aaron L. Katchen
Executive Director
Association for Jewish Studies
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5. New Publication: *The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times* (Reguer)

From: Sara Reguer <SReguer(at)brooklyn.cuny.edu>
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 4:20 PM
I am pleased to announce the publication of my co-authored book:

Reeva Spector Simon, Michael Laskier, Sara Reguer, eds. "The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times", Columbia University Press, New York; 2003.

The book is a comprehensive synthesis that illuminates both the differences and commonalities in Jewish experience across the ME and North Africa after 1800. The volume explains the changes that affected the communities under Isralim rule and describes the process of modernization that enabled the Jews to play a pivotal role in their respective countries. The first half of the book is thematic, the second is a country-by-country survey.

The Press will be showing it at the AJS book display.

Sara Reguer
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6. New Publications: *From Istanbul to Jerusalem: The Itinerary of a Young Turkish Jew,* etc. (Bali and Kark)

From: Ruth Kark <mskark(at)mscc.huji.ac.il>
via: H-TURK: new books on Turkish Jewry [Rifat Bali <brbali(at)superonline.com>]
Date: Friday, October 31, 2003 1:50 AM

For those of you interested in Turkish/Ottoman Jewry I would like to bring to your attention the following new titles:

Erol Haker, *From Istanbul to Jerusalem: The Itinerary of a Young Turkish Jew.*

Erol Haker, *One Upon a Time Jews lived in Kirklareli.*

Pablo Martin Asuero, *Estambul, el Ejercito Otomano y los sefardies en textos en Espanol*

All the titles have been published within this year by The Isis Press in Istanbul. The website is www.theisispress.com

Sincerely
Rifat N. Bali

Professor Ruth Kark
Department of Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel

Tel&fax: 972-2-643-4820
E-mail: ruthkark(at)huji.ac.il
Web site: http://sachlav.huji.ac.il/mskark
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7. New Publication: *Libro de los Testimonios: Los Sefardíes y el Holocausto* (Santa Puche)

From: salsan <salsan(at)arrakis.es>
Date: Sunday, November 23, 2003 6:52 PM

Estimados amigos,
Me es grato anunciaros que el jueves día 27 de noviembre fue presentado en Murcia mi último trabajo 'Libro de los Testimonios: los Sefardíes y el Holocausto' (Vol. I.).

Os adjunto el programa, pues además presentamos la Asociación Cultural 'Patromonio Sefardí de la Región de Murcia'.
.....................................................
Programa
Hora 17:00 horas:
Presentación de las Jornadas por el Ilmo.
Sr. Miguel Angel Cámara Botia, Alcalde del
Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Murcia.
Hora 17:15 horas:
Presentación de la Asociación Cultural «Patrimonio
Sefardí de la Región de Murcia», a
cargo de su Presidente Aharon Yitzchak
Franco.
Hora 17:30 horas:
1ª Charla-coloquio:
Tema: «Los judios en la España actual».
Ponente: Sr. Jacobo Israel Garzón, Presidente
de la Federación Comunidades Judias de
España. Madrid.
Hora 18:15 horas:
Presentación del Libro: 'Libro de los Testimonios:
Los Sefardies y el Holocausto' (Vol. I), a cargo de
los Profesores Salvador Santa Puche (autor) y
Patricio Peñalver ( Catedrático de la Universidad
de Murcia. Facultad de Filosofía).
Hora 19:00 horas:
2ª Charla-coloquio:
Tema: «Con palabras hebreas diseñamos el
tiempo»
Ponente: Sr. Daniel Ginerman. Instituto
Banayich Zion y Centro de Estudios Monte
Sinai-Or Tora. Israel.
Hora 19:50 horas:
Cierre de las jornadas y pequeña charla coloquio.
Preguntas y ruegos.
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8. Call for papers- Queens College Journal of Jewish Studies (Queens College)

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 14:17:11 -0500
Via: Ariella Brown <hjmod(at)oise.utoronto.ca>

Call for papers: The Queens College Journal of Jewish Studies is
currently accepting both student and faculty fiction, non-fiction, poetry,essays, book reviews, film reviews, photographs, art work, written papers,memoirs, and all forms of expression dealing with
Jewish life, for the Spring 2004/5764 edition.

To Submit Your Work, you may do one of the following:
1. E-mail it to QCJewishJournal(at)yahoo.com

2. Mail it to:
Queens College
Department of Jewish Studies
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367

Submission deadline: Friday, February 13, 2004.

Any Works Submitted:
-Must be submitted on both paper and disk, or emailed,
and saved as a text document in Microsoft Word.
- Must include your name, address, telephone number,
email address, and the file name of the work
submitted.
- All work must be cited with footnotes on the bottom
of page following MLA format.

Submissions should not exceed 15 pages.
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9. Call for Papers: Conversos and Spanish History (Ingram)

Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 14:23:07 -0500
Via: Ariella Brown <hjmod(at)oise.utoronto.ca>

CALL FOR PAPERS:THE CONVERSOS AND SPANISH HISTORY 1248 to 1700.

Papers are invited for the 1st Annual CONVIVENCIA Conference at SaintLouis University, Madrid Campus (21-22 May, 2004). The theme of thisyear’s conference is The Conversos and  Spanish History 1248 to 1700. The Plenary Speaker will be FRANCISCO MÁRQUEZ VILLANUEVA. Papers are invited, in English and Spanish, on both judeoconverso and morisco themes. Please send 250 word abstracts in English or Spanish to Kevin Ingram, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Avda del Valle, 34, 28003 Madrid, Spain; or send them as e-mail attachments to: ingramk(at)madrid.sluiberica.slu.edu. For more
information, call: 34 (0) 91 554 58 58 or, after December 1st, visit our website: http://spain.slu.edu/conversos. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2004.
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From: Joel Bresler <joel.br(at)verizon.net>
Date: Friday, November 21, 2003 3:06 PM

I am trying to gear everyone up for a 100th anniversary of commercial Sephardi recording in 2006 with a book-length project and various events. The Sephardic Music Project (SMP) will mount a World Wide Web site dedicated to Sephardic music. The site will list all known commercial recordings of Sephardic music, catalogued by artist, songs and other identifying information. Users will have a chance to listen to samples of over 8,000 song performances. The site will serve individuals, researchers, libraries and others interested in collecting, studying, preserving, performing and promoting Sephardic music. We will also support practical research on Sephardic music and preserve commercial 78 r.p.m. Sephardic recordings at risk of being lost forever.

We are most of the way through Phase 1: Discographies, Collecting and Overview Articles and about one third of the way through Phase 2: digitizing the collection and normalizing the song titles.

If there are scholars who will be in Boston next month for the AJS meetings that would like a preview of this "work in progress", kindly email me separately and I will do my best to oblige.

Welcome to Boston!

Joel Bresler
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11. Lecture: “Castro’s Jews” (Zohar)

From: Zion Zohar <zoharz(at)fiu.edu>
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2003 1:42 PM

Florida International University
Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies,
President Navon Program for the Study of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry, Yovel and Hillel are very proud to present:

“Castro’s Jews”

Wednesday December 3rd at 6:00 PM

Biscayne Bay Campus WUC-245 (Wolf University Center)

By:

Prof. Dana Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan presents a thoughtful examination of the contemporary Cuban Jewish community.  He describes the reasons for the survival of the Jewish faith in Cuba in its communist social climate.

The author of over 40 scholarly essays and general audience articles, Dr. Kaplan’ books include Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism: Conflicting Visions (Routledge, 2001), Platforms and Prayer Books: Theological and Liturgical Perspectives on Reform Judaism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) and American Reform Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2003). He was recently appointed the general editor for the Cambridge Companion to American Judaism, which is scheduled to appear in late 2004.  He has published extensively on the Jews of Cuba, including writing a lead article on the subject for the American Jewish Yearbook in 2001.  He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Castro's Jews: Judaism behind Cuba's Palm Curtain.

Directions:  From Miami-Take I-95 north to 135th St., go east to US-1, go north to 151st St., turn right, continue on the road, and the campus is on the left after the electronic sign.  From Ft. Lauderdale - Take I-95 south and exit on Miami Gardens Drive, turn left (east) at the light going to US-1, turn right (south) on US-1 to NE 151st St., turn left (east), continue on the road, and the campus is on the left after the electronic sign. 

The Lecture is free and open to the public.

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