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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - August 26, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus: Week of
Sunday, August 26, 2001
7 Elul 5761
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur

1. New Publication on Jewish Journalism and Printing Houses in the Ottoman
Empire/Turkey (Bortnick)

2. Book Reception and Lecture: *The Seixas-Kursheedts and the Rise of Early
American Jewry* (AJHS)

3. 2002-2003 Fellowship Opportunities: USHMM's Center for Advanced
Holocaust Studies (Lower)

4. Call for Papers: 11th Int'l Research Conference of LAJSA--"The
Construcion of Identity in Jewish Latin America" (Vieira)

5. Call for Papers: Biennial Scholars' Conference on American Jewish
History (Raider)

6. Call for Manuscripts: Brown Judaic Studies (Jacobson)
1. New Publication on Jewish Journalism and Printing Houses in the Ottoman
Empire/Turkey (Bortnick)

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2001 8:00 PM

The book on the Turkish-Jewish Press indicated by Rachel Simon on July 19
[*Cumhuriyet döneminde Türk Yahudi basini ve Türk Yahudilerinin
yayinlari*. Te¸svikiye, Istanbul : Gözlem Gazetecilik Basin
ve Yayin, 1998] has been superseded by a more comprehensive book in English:
Nassi, G., Ed. *Jewish Journalism and Printing Houses in the Ottoman Empire
and Modern Turkey*. The Isis Press, Istanbul, 2001. 167 pages. ISBN:
975-428-149-1 (Order from:

Rachel A. Bortnick
2. Book Reception and Lecture: *The Seixas-Kursheedts and the Rise of Early
American Jewry* (AJHS)

via: postcard

There will be a lecture by Kenneth Libo and a book signing reception
with the authors, celebrating the publication of:

*The Sexias-Kursheedts and the Rise of Early American Jewry*. Kenneth Libo
and Abigail Kursheedt Hoffman, co-authors.

Monday, September 10, 2001, 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by
the American Jewish Historical Soceity at th Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Admission free, reservations required. RSVP 917-606-8200
3. 2002-2003 Fellowship Opportunities: USHMM's Center for Advanced
Holocaust Studies (Lower)

From: Wendy Lower <>
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Location: District of Columbia
Deadline: 2001-11-01

Description: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for
Advanced Holocaust Studies announces its fellowship opportunities for
2002-2003. The Center awards fellowships to support research and writing on
the Holocaust and in genocide studies. Awards are granted on a competitive
basis to Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers, senior scholars, and
professionals holding degrees from accredited academic and research
institutions worldwide. The Center welcomes approaches by scholars in
history, political science, literature, philosophy, religion, sociology,
anthropology, psychology and other disciplines.

Visiting scholars spend anywhere from one month to an academic year
in residence at the Museum. During this time, fellows have access to more
than 13 million pages of Holocaust-related documentation from archives
across Europe. Scholars may also utilize the Museum's library; oral history
collection; music, film, and photo archives; as well as the vast resources
available at other repositories in the Washington, D.C. area. The postmark
deadline for all fellowship applications is November 1, 2001. Decisions will
be announced by February 8, 2002. Fellowships may begin as early as April
2002, and must be completed no later than September 2003.

All applications must be in English and consist of:
1. A completed application form
2. A project proposal not to exceed five single-spaced pages (see
application form for guidelines)
3. A curriculum vita
4. Three letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant's ability
to carry out the proposed project (see guidelines on the application form)

For information on the Center, a partial description of the Museum's
archival and other holdings, and to obtain a fellowship application online,
please refer to the Museum's website at

Wendy Lower, Ph.D. Director,
Visiting Scholars Program Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place,
SW Washington, DC 20024-2126
(202) 314-0378 (202) 479-9726
Visit the Fellowship website at
4. Call for Papers: 11th Int'l Research Conference of LAJSA--"The
Construcion of Identity in Jewish Latin America" (Vieira)

From: Nelson H. Vieira
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 09:57:04 -0400


The Eleventh International Research Conference

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Sunday-Wednesday, June 23-26, 2002



The Latin American Jewish Studies Association announces its Eleventh
International Research Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at
the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in the Instituto de
Filosofia e Ciencias Sociais (which also houses the Department of History)
on June 23, 24, 25, & 26, 2002. The Conference will explore "The
Construction of Identity in Jewish Latin America" with the aim of
understanding how Jews formulate, negotiate and articulate their sense of
identity, be it ethnic, national, hybrid, syncretic, religious, collective
or individual. An Opening Session and Reception will be held on Sunday
evening, June 23 with sessions beginning on Monday and continuing on to
Wednesday. Papers may approach this theme from a historical, literary,
cultural, scholarly resources or social sciences perspective. The official
languages of the conference are Portuguese, Spanish and English. Specific
details about hotel reservations and travel will appear in the next issue of
LATIN AMERICAN JEWISH STUDIES (LAJS, the LAJSA newsletter), and be e-mailed
out via LAJSA-LIST, the association's list serv.

Presentations on the Conference's theme of the "construction of
identity" may develop this concept via studies on immigration, diaspora,
exile, alienation, multiculturality, historical events and conflicts,
literary expression, ethnicity, gender, sociology and anthropology, as well
as anti-semitism, scholarly resources, and demography. Comparative
approaches are welcomed as are papers which deal with the colonial, modern
or postmodern periods. LAJSA particularly encourages the submission of
proposals for panels, though we still welcome proposals for individual
papers. Proposals may also be submitted for workshops at which work in
progress will be discussed.

Proposals for Papers or Panels will be reviewed by the
Program/Selection Committee. Four copies of the appropriate proposal form
and supplemental materials must be received by Jan. 15 at the address
indicated below and on the proposal forms. Proposals may be submitted by
e-mail ( using a Word attachment.

Limited funds are available for partial conference travel
fellowships, with preference for scholars at the dissertation stage,
post-doctoral fellows, unaffiliated recent Ph.D.s, assistant professors, and
independent scholars. To be considered for a travel fellowship, scholars
must submit a request to Naomi Lindstrom (see address below) for receipt by
January 15, 2002, along with (1) four copies of a letter of request
describing the applicant's current position and affiliation, city of
departure and estimated travel costs, and other sources of conference
funding applied for; (2) four copies of a completed 15-20 page paper that
neither has been published nor previously presented at a conference, and (3)
four copies of the paper proposal form. Dissertation writers also must
include a brief discussion of their dissertation topic and research progress
to date. Notification for all travel requests will be sent in March 2002.

Small travel grants may also be available to advanced graduate
students who wish to attend the conference but who will not present papers.
To be considered, send four copies of a letter of request to the LAJSA
office to Naomi Lindstrom for receipt by January 15, 2002. The letter should
include your year in graduate school, whether you have completed
comprehensive examinations, city of departure and approximate travel costs,
other sources of travel funding and expected decision dates, and a paragraph
describing your dissertation plans and research progress to date.

Proposals for a paper and/or panel, as well as conference travel
fellowship requests are to be sent to:

Professor Naomi Lindstrom, Program Chair
Spanish and Portuguese
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1155

More information will be announced in the next issue of the LATIN
AMERICAN JEWISH STUDIES and on the listserv LAJSA-LIST. Downloadable
proposal forms, as well as updated information about the conference will be
available on LAJSA's website. The URL is:

Queries about program topics can be directed to the Program Chair Naomi
Lindstrom at <>. For Brazilian local questions,
please contact Professor Monica Grin (Brazilian Co-Coordinator) at Please check the LAJSA website for updated
information and materials on this Conference. All scholars who wish to
participate in the Conference must be members in good standing of LAJSA (see
membership forms on the LAJSA website). Conference participants must also
register for the Conference. Registration forms will become available on
the website and in the Winter issue of the newsletter. See you in Rio!

Nelson H. Vieira
LAJSA President
Conference Co-Coordinator
5. Call for Papers: Biennial Scholars' Conference on American Jewish
History (Raider)

From: Mark Raider < >
Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>



JUNE 9-11, 2002


The Fifth Biennial Scholars' Conference on American Jewish History, under
the sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Studies of the University at
Albany, State University of New York and the Academic Council of the
American Jewish Historical Society, will be held on the campus of the
University at Albany on June 9-11, 2002. Proposals for focused expositions
of themes, topics, problems, or issues arising from diverse areas of
research on American Jews and American Judaism are welcome. Priority for
acceptance will be given to high-quality proposals as well as proposals
for fully planned sessions. Graduate students completing dissertations may
submit proposals accompanied by a letter of recommendation from their
advisor. One-page paper abstracts, panel proposals, and bios (250 words
max.) are due November 16, 2001.

Please submit to:

Prof. Mark A. Raider, Program Committee Chair
Scholars' Conference on American Jewish History
Center for Jewish Studies
University at Albany
Humanities 244
Albany, NY 12222

Web site:
Fax: (518) 442-4136
6. Call for Manuscripts: Brown Judaic Studies (Jacobson)

Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>

Brown Judaic Studies is a peer-reviewed monograph series that publishes
high quality, specialized books aimed primarily at a scholarly audience.
We welcome submissions in any historical period from antiquity to the
present. We are particularly interested in historical, literary and
philosophical studies. On occasion, we publish collections of essays such
as Festschriften.

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts to the Brown Judaic Studies


David C. Jacobson (
Ross S. Kraemer (
Saul M. Olyan (

For information about how to submit a proposal, please consult:

David C. Jacobson, Associate Professor
Program in Judaic Studies, Brown University
Box 1826, 163 George Street, Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-3908 Fax: 401-863-3938

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