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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - March 18, 2007

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Week of Sunday, March 18, 2007 (28 Adar 5767)


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1. New AJS Publication Subvention Grant (Horowitz and Sheramy)

2. AJS Conference Call for Papers (Rozenblit and Sheramy)

3. Call for Papers: MLA Sephardic Studies Discussion Group (Balbuena)

4. Call for papers: Jewish Languages and Locales in a Globalized World (Isaacs)

5. 2006 Association of Jewish Libraries/Research, Archives, and Special Libraries Division Reference and Bibliography Book Awards (Simon and Rosenbloom)


1. New AJS Publication Subvention Grant (Horowitz and Sheramy)

Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 14:36:07 -0500

From: Association for Jewish Studies <ajs(at)>

Dear Colleague,

 The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the Cahnman Publication Subvention Grants, a new program underwritten by a generous grant from The Cahnman Foundation of New York.  Cahnman Publication Subventions will help subsidize costs associated with the preparation of first books for publication.  Scholarly manuscripts that explore Jewish engagement with and impact on artistic, intellectual, and cultural life in Europe and North Africa (e.g., through the visual or performing arts, literature, film, architecture, philosophy, science, or politics) will be eligible for consideration.  Applicants must be AJS members, have completed their Ph.D. degrees within six years of the deadline, and have a commitment for publication in English from an academic or university press.  Expenses that are eligible for support include but are not limited to: copy-editing; preparation of an index; permissions for photographs, artwork, and the like; color reproductions; preparation of graphs and maps; and publication subventions.  Ineligible expenses include computer and other equipment and income replacement for sabbaticals.  Grant requests may be for up to $5000 in support.  The application deadline is May 15, 2007.  Applicants will be notified in the fall of 2007 regarding decisions.  

 Applications must include the following items (two-sided copies, please):

 1.   Four copies of the Application Cover Sheet (see attached).

 2.   Four copies of the book project proposal, which should include a general project description, summary of the project's main sources, methodology, findings, chapter description, length (number of words), and number of illustrations (black and white, color, graphics, etc.).

 This may be the same proposal that was sent to university/academic presses (no more than five pages, single-spaced).

 3.   Four copies of the book introduction.

 4.   Four copies of one book chapter from the main body of the manuscript.

 5.   Four copies of the subvention budget and completion schedule, including the total amount requested, detailed breakdown of expenses, other potential sources of funding, and schedule for preparation of the manuscript for publication, production schedule, and projected date of publication (no more than two pages).

 6.   Four copies of applicant's curriculum vitae.

 7.   Four copies of publishing agreement from the university/academic


 8.   One copy of manuscript in its entirety.


 Applications should be mailed to the following address, postmarked no later than May 15, 2007:

Association for Jewish Studies

Attn: Grants Administrator

15 West 16th Street

New York, NY 10011

 Please contact the AJS Office at ajs(at)ajs(dot)cjh(dot)org or 917.606.8249 with any questions.  Grant information is also posted on the AJS website at


 Sara R. Horowitz

 President, Association for Jewish Studies

 Rona Sheramy

 Executive Director, Association for Jewish Studies

 Association for Jewish Studies

 c/o Center for Jewish History

 15 W. 16th Street

 New York, NY 10011

 Phone: 917.606.8249

 Fax: 917.606.8222



2. AJS Conference Call for Papers (Rozenblit and Sheramy)

From: Association for Jewish Studies <ajs(at)ajs(dot)cjh(dot)org>

Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 10:57:54 -0500

Dear Colleague,

 The Call for Papers for the 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies is now available online at The online proposal submission site will be open for submissions beginning March 26, 2007; the deadline for submissions is May 1, 2007. The conference will take place December 16 - 18, 2007 at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Ontario.  You will also find on the AJS website: sample abstracts; general information about hotel, meals, registration; and information on visiting Toronto. In order to submit a proposal, you must re-activate your membership for the 2007 - 2008 membership year (September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2008), as well as pre-register for the conference.

 As in past years, the AJS will host a Sessions Seeking Participants web page to facilitate the organization of conference session proposals. Session organizers seeking participants for their proposed panels, roundtables, meetings, or seminars may list their proposed session topics on the AJS website, along with their contact information.  Those interested in joining one of the sessions may contact the organizer directly about submitting a proposal.  For more information, go to  The page includes instructions on how to submit a proposed topic and contact a session organizer.

 Please note: the AJS is adopting a new online conference proposal system for this year's submissions. You will find detailed instructions for using this system on the AJS website.  Over the next few weeks, the AJS will keep you updated with any new information about the conference proposal site.  Please do not hesitate to contact the AJS office if you have any questions regarding the new system. Submission procedures and the data required will largely follow the model of past years.

 Lastly, effective January 2007, all persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada are required to present a valid passport.  It is also possible that this policy will apply to land travel by the time of the AJS conference.  Please plan accordingly.

 We look forward to seeing you in Toronto next December.


 Marsha Rozenblit

 Vice President for Program

 Association for Jewish Studies

 Rona Sheramy

 Executive Director

 Association for Jewish Studies

 Association for Jewish Studies

 Located at the Center for Jewish History

 15 West 16th Street

 New York, NY   10011

 ajs(at)ajs(dot)cjh(dot)org <mailto:ajs(at)ajs(dot)cjh(dot)org>

 Phone: 917.606.8249

 Fax: 917.606.8222


3. Call for Papers: MLA Sephardic Studies Discussion Group (Balbuena)

From: Monique Balbuena <balbuena(at)uoregon(dot)edu>

Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 15:57:20 -0800


 The 2007 MLA convention will be held in Chicago. Members should familiarize themselves with the guidelines for the MLA convention, which appear in the September 2006 PMLA (pp. 946-956), before writing to the organizer listed below.  All participants in convention sessions must be MLA members by 1 April 2007. Organizers are responsible for responding to all inquires.  Members may participate in ”i.e., organize and chair, read papers (20-minutes maximum), serve as speakers or panelists, or participate in any other way that involves having their names listed in the Program” a maximum of two meetings. []

 Discussion Group: Sephardic Studies (S2)

 Session title: Multilingual Sephardic Writing: Language Choice, Cultural Affiliation, Construction of Identity, Nationalism, Diaspora.

 Session description: Multilingual writing, religious or secular, earlier or contemporary, prose or poetry, in Sephardic diasporic communities.

 Type of submission preferred: 250-300-word abstracts, 2-page CV: March 10, 2007.

Chairperson:  Monique R. Balbuena

Assistant Professor of Literature

Clark Honors College

1293 University of Oregon

Eugene OR 97403-1293


Monique R. Balbuena


4. Call for papers: Jewish Languages and Locales in a Globalized World (Isaacs)

From: Miriam Isaacs <misaacs(at)umd(dot)edu>

via: "Robert A. Rothstein" <rar(at)slavic(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2007 16:22:53 -0500

Jewish Languages and Locales in a Globalized World

 University of Maryland, College Park

 Conference Theme: The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland is organizing a conference on the intersection between globalization and Jewish languages and dialects today. Sunday, December 2 and Monday, December 3, 2007.

 Theme: As smaller languages rapidly disappear worldwide, dominant languages spread. This phenomenon also has an impact on Jewish communities. Globalization leads to complex identities as many Jews were born in one place, grew up in another and have children in yet a third place. What are the linguistic implications for the individual? At the level of nation and community, there has been a paradigm shift. Distinctly Jewish languages such as Yiddish and Ladino and other Judaized languages, which once functioned alongside national and local languages have dwindled or changed roles. The spread of English as a transnational language and the evolving roles for Hebrew have influenced the parameters of Jewish communities. Papers from various disciplinary perspectives are sought addressing these themes and more specifically addressing some of the following questions.

 * How have changes in communication and travel patterns influenced how

 Jewish communities use languages?

 * What are the linguistic ramifications of major geographic or demographic shifts, including Russia, France and South America?

 * Does community bilingualism or multilingualism persist?

 * Which languages which have been objects of language revitalization and which have become marginal? What are the present uses of traditional Jewish languages, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabic?

 * What are the roles of Hebrew and English internationally?

 * How do transnational religious, especially ultra-orthodox groups maintain identity through languages?

 * What new language varieties are Jews creating and how are they developing? Are Jewish varieties of English, Spanish and other languages following patterns similar to the development of traditional Jewish languages like Yiddish or Ladino? What about any variants of English, Russian and Spanish?

 * In new centers of Jewish life, what constitutes acceptable or desirable speech and which are the high status languages and dialects?

 * Affordable international travel have led to increases in tourism, pilgrimages and new travel patterns; "Birthright ISRAEL", religious assorted pilgrimages, heritage travel, and the phenomenon of Israeli post-army out-migration to remote places. How does language figure in these?

 Guidelines: Abstracts (500-600 words) must be provided via email, by April 15. Please send abstract as a Microsoft Word document as an attachment and provide the submitter's name, affiliation, and contact information. For further questions email conference organizer: Miriam Isaacs at misaacs(at)umd(dot)edu.

 Joshua Fishman is keynote speaker and singer Chava Alberstein will perform and discuss her film. Film: "Too Early to be Silent, Too Late to Sing".

Posted on behalf of Prof. Miriam Isaacs by Tsuguya (Tsvi) Sasaki

Jewish Languages Mailing List


5. 2006 Association of Jewish Libraries/Research, Archives, and Special Libraries Division Reference and Bibliography Book Awards (Simon and Rosenbloom)

From: Rachel Simon <rsimon(at)Princeton(dot)EDU>

Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 08:23:05 -0500

Following are the winners of the 2006 Association of Jewish Libraries/Research, Archives and Special Libraries Division Reference and Bibliography book awards. This year, all of them relate to Sephardic/Mizrahi studies!

 Rachel Simon

 2006 RAS Book Awards

 Reference Winner

 Joshua Blau: _Milon le-teskstim arviyim-yehudiyim mi-yeme ha-benayim_ [Dictionary of medieval Judaeo-Arabic texts] (Jerusalem: ha-Akademyah la-lashon ha-Ivrit; ha-Akademyah ha-le'umit ha-Yisre'elit le-mada'im, 2006).

 Reference Honorable Mention

 Mathilde A. Tagger and Yitzchak Kerem: _Guidebook for Sephardic and  Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel_

(Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2006).

 Bibliography Winner

 Nehemya Allony: _ha-Sifriyah ha-Yehudit bi-yeme ha-benayim; Reshimot sefarim mi-Genizat Kahir_ [The Jewish library in the Middle Ages: book lists from the Cairo Genizah] (Jerusalem: Mekhon Ben-Tsevi le-heker kehilot Yisra'el ba-mizrah, Yad Ben-Tsevi veha-Universitah ha-Ivrit, 2006).

 Bibliography Honorable Mention

 Aaron Maman: _Otsrot lashon; Kitve ha-yad ve-kite ha-Genizah  be-hokhmat ha-lashon me-osef Bet ha-midrash le-rabanim ba-Amerikah_ [Otzrot lashon: The Hebrew philology manuscripts and Genizah fragments in the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America] (Nyu York, Yerushalayim: Bet ha-midrash le-rabanim ba-Amerikah, 2006).


 I want to thank the hard working members of the awards committee:

 Glenn Ferdman

 Louise Greenfield

 Elliot H. Gertel

 Cheryl Jaffee

 Rachel Simon

 Yaffa Weisman

Jim Rosenbloom, Chair

RAS Vice-President

James P. Rosenbloom

Judaica Specialist

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