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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, September 23, 2007 (11 Tishrei 5768)

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Index:

1. Call for Papers: Graduate Workshop—The Jewish Arab and the Arab Jew (Holenbeck)

2. Call for Papers:  Jewish Studies in the Low Countries (Hofmeester)

3. Call for Papers: Australian Association of Jewish Studies (Fagenblat)

4. Call for Papers: Association for Israel Studies Conference, New York University (Ben-Ami)

5. Call for Applications: Beinecke Library Fellowships, Yale University (Holmes)

6. New Issue of Prooftexts 27:1 (Gutch)

7. Sino-Judaic Institute: Back Issues of Newsletter, _Points East_ (Laytner)

8. New Issue of _Journal of Jewish Identities_ (Sinnreich)

9. Latin American Jewish Studies Association website (Lindstrom)

10. Colloquium on Judaism and Christian Art (Nirenberg)

11. Job: Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies, Connecticut College (Kim)

12. Job: Chair in Judaic studies, Portland State University (Weingrad)

13. Job: chair in Jewish History, The University of Western Ontario (Forster)

14. Job: Chair in Israel Studies, University of Maryland, College Park (Zakim)

15. Job: Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History, Purdue University (Hurt)

16. Query: Jews as “Mediterranean types" (Mirsky)

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1. Call for Papers: Graduate Workshop—The Jewish Arab and the Arab Jew (Holenbeck)

Date:    Wed, 12 Sep 2007 09:46:25 -0400

From: Vivian Holenbeck vdios(at)humnet(dot)ucla(dot)edu

      Graduate Workshop:

      The Jewish Arab and the Arab Jew

      UCLA, February 3-4, 2007

      In conjunction with a symposium sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies on the idea of the Arab Jew, we invite interested graduate students from a broad range of fields including history, literature, sociology, anthropology, and political science to submit paper proposals reflecting and contributing to an evolving scholarly conversation about the historical place, the literary representation, and the social reality of Arab Jews.

      Mizrahim, Sephardim, Arab Jews, and Jewish Arabs have slowly moved from the historical margins to the center of scholarly inquiry and political activism and scholars have paid increasing attention to this historically marginalized population. As a hybrid identity that is at once paradigmatic and paradoxical, the Arab Jew can represent the transcendence of boundaries, the struggle against hegemony, and the range of internal tensions that have pervaded the political and cultural landscapes of Israel, the Middle East, and the larger Jewish world.

      We invite proposals considering the social, political, cultural, and economic situation of Arab Jews in Israel and pre-state Palestine; the history, literature and culture of Jews in the Arab world, European Jewish interest in Arabs and Arab Jews, including self-representation as Arabs; the integration of Arab/Mizrahi culture in contemporary Israel, and the representation of Arab Jews in media and culture.

      Through this conference, we aim to share and develop our own research in conversation with one another and with faculty. Thus, we hope to contribute to critical discourse about the current state of scholarship on the question of the Arab Jew as we consider methods and avenues for ongoing work.

      Proposals should be 250 words and are due by Friday, October 26, 2007.

      Please submit proposals to the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies at

cjs(at)humnet(dot)ucla(dot)edu.

     Vivian Holenbeck

      Assistant Director of Operations

      UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

      302 Royce Hall, Box 951485

      Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485

      Tel: (310) 825-5387

      Fax (310) 825-9049

      Email: vdios(at)humnet(dot)ucla(dot)edu

      Email: cjs(at)humnet(dot)ulca(dot)edu

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2. Call for Papers:  Jewish Studies in the Low Countries (Hofmeester)

From: "Karin Hofmeester" <kho(at)iisg(dot)nl>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 10:40:39 -0400

Call For Papers

20 May 2008, University of Antwerp

The Institute of Jewish Studies organises an interdisciplinary conference concerning Jewish Studies in the Low Countries in the "Hofvan Liere" to be held Tuesday, 20 May 2008, at the University of Antwerp. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate contacts between researchers working within this area of study. We especially encourage young researchers to participate in the workshop. We also hope for contributions from more established researchers, so that a positive exchange can be established between different research generations. Presentations may include works in progress.

We welcome all themes and all disciplines within Jewish Studies concerning the Low Countries. Proposals need not be limited to a specific historical period. Both individual and panel proposals are possible. The conference languages are Dutch and English. Please submit an abstract of maximally 400 words by Thursday, 15 November 2007.

For submitting an abstract or further information, please contact Karin Hofmeester: kho(at)iisg(dot)nl <mailto:kho(at)iisg(dot)nl>  or Veerle Vanden Daelen: veerle(dot)vandendaelen(at)ua(dot)ac(dot)be <mailto:veerle(dot)vandendaelen(at)ua(dot)ac(dot)be> .

Karin Hofmeester - Senior Researcher

International Institute of Social History

Cruquiusweg 31 - 1019 AT Amsterdam

The Netherlands

tel + 31 20 66 858 66 - www.iisg.nl

 

First Contact Day Jewish Studies in the Low Countries

<http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=*IJSENG&n=56548&ct=55081&e=137262>

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3. Call for Papers: Australian Association of Jewish Studies (Fagenblat)

From: "Marianne Dacy" <m(dot)dacy(at)library(dot)usyd(dot)edu(dot)au>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 10:42:31 -0400

Australian Association of Jewish Studies

20th Annual Conference

"A people that dwells apart"? Exploring the boundaries of Jewishness

17 - 18 February 2008

Hosted by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

MONASH UNIVERSITY, Melbourne, Australia

Call for Papers

The conference theme, "A people that dwells apart?", seeks to explore the boundaries of Jewishness from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This ancient verse (Numbers 23:9) is originally a curse, but Jews also regard it as a blessing. Do Jews and Judaism really "dwell apart"? What are the implications of dwelling apart? We are seeking papers that explore the borderlines between Jews and the nations of the world, between Judaism and other civilisations. We encourage literary, historical, theological, political and sociological approaches to issues such as authenticity, uniqueness, commonality, anti-Semitism, multiculturalism, communitarianism and exchange between outside and inside. In what ways are Jews "a people that dwells apart"?

In addition, submissions are encouraged that reflect upon the 60thanniversary of the State of Israel. Dedicated sessions will be devoted to exploring this landmark. Papers on other topics will be considered but preference will be given to those bearing directly on the conference theme.

Submissions to present papers must be made by 9 November 2007. Acceptance of papers will be notified by email no later than 2 December, 2007. Submissions must include author's name, postal and email address, institutional affiliation, abstract of the paper to be presented and short biographical note. The abstract must be 200-300 words and the biographical note no more than 50 words.

The AAJS encourages students who are engaged in academic research to submit proposals based on their work to the program committee. Authors should clearly indicate their student status with their submission.

Presenters are invited to submit written articles for consideration for publication in the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies.

Proposals should be sent either electronically or by post to:

Dr. Michael Fagenblat

Email: michael(dot)fagenblat(at)arts(dot)monash(dot)edu(dot)au

Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

Menzies Building

Monash University

VIC 3800

Australia

PROPOSALS MUST ARRIVE BY 9 NOVEMBER 2007

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4. Call for Papers: Association for Israel Studies Conference, New York University (Ben-Ami)

From: "Debra London Ben-Ami" <debra(dot)london(at)nyu(dot)edu>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:49:23 -0400

24th annual Association for Israel Studies Conference

New York University, May 19-21, 2008

Israel 2008: Sixty Years after 1948

Are the Narratives Converging?

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Program Committee of the 24rd Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies invites scholars conducting research on any aspect of modern Israel, Zionism and the Yishuv to submit proposals for individual papers and organized panels. Panels and papers devoted to the main theme of the conference are especially invited - "Israel 2008: Sixty Years After 1948 - Are the Narratives Converging?"

Other topics relating to the field of Israel Studies in broad perspective - such as the Israel-Arab conflict, the impact of the Holocaust on Israeli society, minorities, ethnicity, identity, state and religion, Israel-Diaspora relations, etc. are also welcome.

Proposals should be accompanied by an abstract of 300 words as MSWord email attachment. (Include title of paper, name and email address of author with the text of the abstract.) Organizers of panels should collect abstracts from the panel participants and submit them together with a description of the panel. Graduate students should submit a letter from their thesis supervisor in support of the proposal, together with the abstract.

Proposals should be submitted by email to the Program Committee at:

AIS2008(at)nyu(dot)edu   by January 10, 2008.

Program Committee:  Chair: Ronald W. Zweig (NYU)  Converging Narratives: Mustafa Kabha (Open U)  Israel & Diaspora: Hasia Diner (NYU) History: David Engel (NYU); Literature: Yael Feldman (NYU); Cinema: Miri Talmon Bohm (Florida Atlantic U); Political Science: Nadav Shelef (U of Wisconsin); Sociology: Ilan Ben-Ami (Open U); Arts, Culture, Gender: Hannah Naveh (Tel Aviv U); Law: Assaf Likhovski (Tel Aviv U)

A limited number of travel stipends are available. Graduate students wishing to apply for a stipend should send an additional copy of the proposal (including abstract) to: AIS Treasurer Robert Freedman - rofreedman(at)comcast(dot)net

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5. Call for Applications: Beinecke Library Fellowships, Yale University (Holmes)

From: Priscilla Holmes <priscilla(dot)holmes(at)yale(dot)edu>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 11:33:18 -0400

      The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library offers short-term fellowships to support visiting scholars pursuing postdoctoral or equivalent research in its collections. The Beinecke Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers, and for early manuscripts and rare books in the fields of literature, theology, history, and the natural sciences. The fellowships, which pay for travel to and from New Haven and a living allowance of $4,000 per month, are designed to provide access to the library for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area. Students enrolled in degree programs are ineligible. 2008-2009 Fellowships, normally granted for one month, must be taken up between September 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009. Recipients are expected to be in residence during the period of their award and are encouraged to participate in the activities of Yale University.

      Applicants are asked to submit an application form, a curriculum vitae and a brief research proposal (not to exceed three pages) to the Director. Application deadline is December 15, 2007. The proposal should emphasize the relationship of the Beinecke collections to the project and state the preferred dates of residence. The applicant should also arrange to have two confidential letters of recommendation sent to the Director. Application materials should be sent to the Director, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520-8240. For more information about the application process or the Beinecke Library and its collections, and to download a fellowship application form, please visit the fellowships links on the Library website: http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke or send an email to

beinecke(dot)fellowships(at)yale(dot)edu.

     Priscilla Holmes

      Fellowship Programs

      Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

      P.O. Box 208240

      New Haven, CT 06520-8240

      Phone: (203) 432-2956

      Fax: (203)432-4047

      Email: priscilla(dot)holmes(at)yale(dot)edu

      Visit the website at http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke

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6. New Issue of Prooftexts 27:1 (Gutch)

From: "Anne Gutch" <agutch(at)indiana(dot)edu>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date:    Fri, 14 Sep 2007 11:33:19 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: only articles relevant to this list are included below]

P R O O F T E X T S

VOLUME 27 NUMBER 1 WINTER 2007

SPECIAL SECTION : New Perspectives on Jewish Autobiography

082 Disappearing Origins: Sephardic Autobiography Today

Jonathan Schorsch

151 The Confessions of a Bad Reader: Embodied Selves, Narrative Strategies, and Subversion in Israeli Women's Autobiography

Tamar Bat-Zion S. Hess

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7. Sino-Judaic Institute: Back Issues of Newsletter, _Points East_ (Laytner)

From: Anson Laytner <layt(at)seattleu(dot)edu>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date:             Tue, 18 Sep 2007 00:01:45 -0400

      The Sino-Judaic Institute (www.sino-judaic.org) has back-issues of its newsletter Points East available for any library or individual for the cost of shipping and handling. We have most issues almost going back to 1986.

      Please respond to Anson Laytner at layt(at)seattleu(dot)edu if interested, stating the number of copies desired and how far back you wish to go.

      Thanks.

     Anson Laytner

      206 323 4768

      Email: layt(at)seattleu(dot)edu

      Visit the website at http://sino-judaic.org

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8. New Issue of _Journal of Jewish Identities_ (Sinnreich)

From: "Helene J. Sinnreich" <another_idea(at)yahoo(dot)com>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date:    Tue, 18 Sep 2007 12:05:47 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Only the article relevant to this listserve is listed below.]

Table of Contents for the _Journal of Jewish Identities_

Volume 1, Issue 1 (January 2008)

www.jewishidentities.org

Articles

From Zandvoort to Tangier: the Artistic and Religious Identities of Jozef Israëls

  Jill Storm

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9. Latin American Jewish Studies Association website (Lindstrom)

From: Naomi Lindstrom <lindstrom(at)mail(dot)utexas(dot)edu>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date:             Sat, 22 Sep 2007 00:01:45 -0400

      The Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) has launched its new website at the University of Texas at Austin. The URL is: www.utexas.edu/cola/orgs/lajsa/

      We invite you to visit our site. A future part of the site will be a section on teaching materials. If you teach a course on any aspect of Latin American Jewish Studies, it would be greatly appreciated if you would send a copy of your syllabus or course description in PDF or as a Word document to the manager of the LAJSA website, Naomi Lindstrom (lindstrom(at)mail(dot)utexas(dot)edu).

     www.utexas.edu/cola/orgs/lajsa/

      Visit the website at http://www.utexas.edu/cola/orgs/lajsa/

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10. Colloquium on Judaism and Christian Art (Nirenberg)

From: "David Nirenberg" <nirenberg(at)uchicago(dot)edu>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 13:27:09 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: There are several talks in this colloquium relevant to Sephardi Studies.]

3rd Lavy Colloquium

"Judaism and Christian Art"

The Johns Hopkins University

October 11-12, 2007

9AM-6PM

The Smokler Center for Jewish Life,

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building

3109 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: 410.516.6625

Fax: 410.516.7586

E-mail: jewish(dot)studies(at)jhu(dot)edu

Web:http://web.jhu.edu/jewishstudies

Thursday, October 11

8:30  Breakfast (kosher catered at Smokler Center)

9:00  Jas Elsner, University of Chicago. " Pharoah' s Army' Got Drownded: Some Reflections on Jewish and Roman Genealogies in Early Christian Art"

10:00  Kathleen Corrigan, Dartmouth College. "Visualizing the Divine: the Sinai Icon of the 'Ancient of Days'"

11-11:15  Coffee Break (kosher catered at Smokler Center)

11:15  Sara Lipton,  State University of New York at Stony Brook, "Jewish Eyes, 1150-1175"

12:30-1:30  Lunch (kosher catered at Smokler Center)

1:30  Madeline H. Caviness,  Tufts University and Charles G. Nelson, Tufts University. "Immunity of person and property accorded to Jews in the Sachsenspiegel picture books:  Compensation and Recuperation"

2:30  Achim Timmermann, University of Michigan. "Frau Venus, the Eucharist, and the Jews of Landshut"

4:00-4:15  Coffee break (kosher catered at Smokler Center)

4:15  Mitchell Merback, DePauw. "Lord's Supper and Passover Sacrilege: Shared Images and the Confrontation of Rituals in the Northern Renaissance Altarpiece"

5:15  Francisco Prado-Vilar, University of London. "In the Hall of Mirrors: Illuminating the Jews in Medieval Iberia"

Friday, October 12

8:30 Breakfast (kosher catered at Smokler Center)

9:00  Marcia Kupfer, The Johns Hopkins University.  "Abraham Circumcises

Himself: a Scene at the Endgame of Jewish Utility to Christian Art in Late

Fourteenth-Century France and Fifteenth-Century Spain"

10:00  Felipe Pereda, University of Madrid, "Social Discord and the Evolution of Image Theory in Early Modern Castile."

11:00-11:15  Coffee Break (kosher catered at Smokler Center)

11:15  Dana Katz, Reed College, "The Gaze and the Ghetto in Early Modern Venice"

12:30-1:30  Lunch (kosher catered at Smokler Center)

1:30  Stephen Campbell, The Johns Hopkins University "Renaissance Naturalism and the Jewish Bible:  Ferrara and Brescia 1520-1540."

2:30  Margaret Olin, Art Institute of Chicago,  "Jewish Art and the National Past(t)ime"

3:30-3:45  Coffee Break (kosher catered at Smokler Center)

4:00  Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, "Barnett Newman's Covenant"

5:00  Concluding discussion

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11. Job: Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies, Connecticut College (Kim)

From: David Kyuman Kim

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 00:01:50 -0400

      CONNECTICUT COLLEGE: Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor in Judaic studies, specialization open, to join a 5 member department with core scholarly commitments to the comparative study of religion, theory of religion, and the study of religion in America. Applicants should be prepared to teach core courses in religious studies, specifically, "Judaism's Bible," "Jewish Traditions," and other courses in Judaism as a religion. Strong preference for candidates with the Ph.D. in hand. In keeping with the College's mission of cultivating diversity in curriculum, research, and teaching, the successful candidate will have cross-disciplinary teaching and research opportunities with the Department of History, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, the Program in American Studies, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as other departments and programs at the College. Applications received by October 22, 2007 will receive full consideration. The Department will notify in advance those candidates it intends to interview at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego. The search process will continue until the position is filled. Connecticut College is a private, highly selective college with a strong commitment to the liberal arts tradition and an emphasis on broad interdisciplinary teaching and research. The normal teaching load is five courses annually, and faculty members are expected to contribute to the College's general education program, which includes a first year seminar component. Salary is competitive. Tenure-track faculty receive a research stipend for their first two summers and a semester's leave at full salary after their third year, if they are reappointed for the full probationary period. The College is a member of the Academic Career

Network, a resource for dual-career couples (http://acn.fivecolleges.edu), and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The College is committed by mission to developing diversity and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff. The appointment begins July 1, 2008. Application letters, accompanied by a cv, short writing sample (preferably stand-alone example of candidate's finest work, such as scholarly article or dissertation chapter), evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., examples of student work, student evaluations, and/or faculty testimony on candidate's teaching ability), and three letters of recommendation should be sent to Professor David Kyuman Kim, Chair / Department of Religious Studies / Connecticut College / 270 Mohegan Avenue / New London, CT 06320.

      Contact Info:

      David Kyuman Kim, Chair

      Department of Religious Studies

      Connecticut College

      270 Mohegan Avenue

      New London, CT 06320

      Website: http://www.conncoll.edu/employment/2702.htm

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12. Job: Chair in Judaic studies, Portland State University (Weingrad)

From: Michael Weingrad

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date:    Sun, 9 Sep 2007 18:52:53 -0400

      LORRY I. LOKEY CHAIR IN JUDAIC STUDIES

      PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

      Portland State University seeks a dynamic and innovative scholar to join the faculty of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on the encounter of Jews and Judaism with modernity. The successful applicant will hold the new Lorry I. Lokey Chair in Judaic Studies, and will build strength in the history and culture of modern European Jewry. Applicants must have a PhD in an appropriate field, and qualifications commensurate with the rank of assistant or associate professor. The successful applicant will have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching, and will be able to teach enrollment-building undergraduate surveys and gateway courses as well as specialized, upper-division courses. A course on the Holocaust will be expected. The successful applicant will also have relevant, positive experience in building community and inter-institutional partnerships, and will play a leading role in shaping and strengthening our young Judaic Studies program, which emphasizes community engagement and takes pride in its diverse campus. With nearly 25,000 students, Portland State University is Oregon's largest research university. It is located in downtown Portland, the dynamic cultural and economic heart of a state known for its exceptional beauty. Tenure-track with competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Applicants should submit a detailed letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Michael Weingrad, Academic Director, The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, Portland State University, Post Office Box 751, Portland, Oregon 97207-0751. Review of application materials will begin on November 1. Position will remain open until finalists are identified. For additional information, please consult www.judaic.pdx.edu, and direct inquiries to weingrad(at)pdx(dot)edu.

      PSU is an AA/EO institution and, in keeping with the President's diversity initiative, welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.

      Contact Info:

      Dr. Michael Weingrad

      Academic Director

      The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies

      Portland State University

      Post Office Box 751

      Portland, Oregon 97207-0751

      Website: http://www.judaic.pdx.edu/

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13. Job: chair in Jewish History, The University of Western Ontario (Forster)

From: JJ Benjamin Forster

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 18:55:40 -0400

      The Department of History invites applications for exceptional scholars for one probationary or tenured position at the Associate Professor, or tenured at the Professor level in following:

      Waks Family Chair in Jewish History HIS-WAKS

      Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in History, a strong record of scholarly publication, and university-level teaching experience in Jewish history. The successful applicant will help develop a potential Jewish studies program, and courses in Jewish History. Active involvement in graduate work, and undergraduate teaching in a full-year survey of Jewish history will be expected Leadership skills in a team setting would be welcome. The appointment as the Waks Family Chair will be up to five years, and may be renewed.

      Candidates may wish to know that the Department's thematic areas of interest in research and teaching currently are:

      Culture and Society

      Business and Economy

      International Relations and Conflict

      Technology, Health and the Environment

      Contact Info:

      Professor JJ Benjamin Forster

      Chair, Department of History

      The University of Western Ontario

      Social Science Centre 4328

      London, Ontario N6A 5C2

      Tel: (519) 661-3647

      Fax: (519) 661-3010

      Website: http://history.uwo.ca/

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14. Job: Chair in Israel Studies, University of Maryland, College Park (Zakim)

From: Eric Zakim <zakim(at)umd(dot)edu>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date:    Sun, 16 Sep 2007 13:03:36 -0400

      Open Rank Professor in Israel Studies

      The University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications and nominations for the newly created Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, rank open, but preferably at the full or associate professor level. This position is expected to commence in Fall 2008, contingent on funding. We seek a creative and active scholar with clearly demonstrated research and teaching interests in an historical area of inquiry related to Israel or its pre-state history, with a special focus on society, culture, or politics. A range of methodological and theoretical approaches is welcome. The successful candidate will demonstrate an active record of critical inquiry into disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of Israel and the various geographic, ethnic, historical, and cultural contexts in which Israel is situated. Administrative experience in directing research and teaching programs would be helpful. This position will be a joint appointment in the Jewish Studies Program and the History Department, and will be part of the development of the newly established Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies. Please submit letter of application, c.v., article-length writing sample, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to: Prof. Eric Zakim, Executive Director, Gildenhorn

Institute for Israel Studies, Holzapfel Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA. For best consideration, please submit applications by November 15, 2007. The University of Maryland is an EOE/AA employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.

      Contact Info:

      Prof. Eric Zakim, Executive Director

      Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

      Holzapfel Hall

      University of Maryland

      College Park, MD 20742 USA

      Phone: 301-405-4250

      Email: zakim(at)umd(dot)edu

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15. Job: Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History, Purdue University (Hurt)

From: R. Douglas Hurt

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date:    Sat, 22 Sep 2007 23:56:27 -0400

      Modern Jewish History. The Department of History at Purdue University invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History. The successful candidate will have the Ph.D. in History by the time of appointment and will demonstrate a strong research agenda. In addition, he/she will be expected to teach an undergraduate survey course in modern Jewish history from 1492 to the present, to develop undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of specialization, and to participate in the graduate program. Initial review of applications will begin November 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies in Toronto in mid-December. Send letter of application, C.V., syllabi, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to R. Douglas Hurt, Head, Department of History, University Hall, 672 Oval Drive, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907. Purdue University is an affirmative action, equal access, equal opportunity employer.

      Contact Info:

      R. Douglas Hurt

      Department Head

      Department of History

      University Hall

      672 Oval Drive

      Purdue University

      West Lafayette, IN 47907

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16. Query: Jews as “Mediterranean types" (Mirsky)

From: "Yehudah Mirsky" <mirsky1(at)gmail(dot)com>

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Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 09:29:14 -0400

I am sure other [H-Judaic] list members will have much to say on this but I would add that in one of his essays my late father discussed, inter alia, the linkage between Jews' ostensible emotionalism and Eastern character in late 19th-early 20th century British literature. See David Mirsky, "The Fictive Jew in the Literature of England 1890-1920," in Gersion Appel, Morris Epstein & Hayim Leaf, eds., *Samuel K. Mirsky Memorial Volume*, (Jerusalem & New York: Sura/Yeshiva University,1970), pp. 221-237 and esp. pp. 230 ff. This essay is a distillation of two much lengthier essays which appeared in Hebrew in Sura, volumes 1 & 2.

Yehudah Mirsky

Jerusalem

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