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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - October 28, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
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Week of Sunday, October 28, 2001 (11 Heshvan 5762)

Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <>

1. Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati (Klein)

2. One-Year Assistant Professorship in Jewish Studies at American University (Nadell)

3. Alexander Grass Eminent Scholar Chair: University of Florida (Giles)

4. Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Contemporary Judaism: Stonehill College (Sarna)

5. Call for Applications: Dartmouth College Multidisciplinary Forum on Conversion in the Ottoman Domain, India and Japan (Reinhart)

6. Graduate Fellowships in Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at UCLA (Myers)

7. Post-Doctoral Fellowship: American Academy for Jewish Research (Stanislawski)

8. Seeking Historian/Department Director: Institute of Southern Jewish Life (Greenberg)
1. Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati (Klein)

From: Elka Klein <>
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 6:52 AM

The Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati invites
applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant
professor. Scholars in all areas of Judaic studies not currently covered by
department faculty are urged to apply. The successful candidate will have a
Ph.D. in hand by September 1, 2002, will be fully competent in Hebrew of
all periods and have a broad knowledge of Judaic Studies. See our
department website: for more information
about the department. Please send a dossier which includes a writing sample
and three letters of recommendation by December 1, 2001 to:

Elka Klein
Judaic Studies Search Committee
Department of Judaic Studies
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210169
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0169.

Questions about the position may be addressed to
Preliminary interviews will take place at the AJS meeting in Washington D.C.

Dr. Elka Klein
Department of Judaic Studies
McMicken Hall 50A
University of Cincinnati
2. One-Year Assistant Professorship in Jewish Studies at American University (Nadell)

Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 11:20:18 -0400
From: "Pamela S. Nadell" <>
Via: H-NET List on Ethnic History <H-ETHNIC@H-NET.MSU.EDU>

The Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at
American University invites applications for a one-year, full-time
appointment as assistant professor of Jewish Studies beginning in August
2002, subject to budgetary approval. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or
have completed all degree requirements by the time of appointment.
Responsibilities for this replacement position include teaching
undergraduate and General Education courses, student advising, and
serving as interim director of the Program. Candidates in any field of
Jewish Studies may apply, but the successful candidate must teach a
two-semester survey of Jewish civilization. Applicants should submit a
cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Prof.
Pamela S. Nadell, Director, Jewish Studies Program, American University,
4400 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington DC, 20016-8042. The search
committee will begin reviewing applications on 10 November 2001 and will
continue until the position is filled. American University is an EEO/AA
employer, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pamela S. Nadell
Professor and Director, Jewish Studies Program
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016-8042
phone 202-885-2425
fax 202-885-1083
3. Alexander Grass Eminent Scholar Chair: University of Florida (Giles)

From: Geoffrey Giles <>
Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 6:09 PM

Jewish Studies The University of Florida is seeking a distinguished
scholar to fill the new Alexander Grass Eminent Scholar Chair in Jewish
Studies. The successful applicant will be appointed jointly in the
Department of History and the Center for Jewish Studies. Candidates
should specialize in European Jewish History, and all periods from Early
Modern times to the inter-War period will be considered. Preference will
be given to a scholar working on Central, Eastern or Southern Europe.
The chairholder will be expected to play a major, active role in both the
Jewish Studies program, and in graduate training in the History
Department. The Price Library of Judaica, a separately endowed collection
in the University library, contains one of the most important Judaica
collections in the country. This appointment is at the full professor
rank at a competitive salary, and the endowment will provide additional
resources for such purposes as secretarial assistance, graduate
fellowships, visiting speakers and library acquisitions. The deadline for
applications is January 31, 2002. Screening of applications will begin on
December 15, 2001. Send cover letter, c.v., and names and contact
information for three to five references to the chair of the search
committee: Professor Geoffrey J. Giles, Department of History, PO Box
117320, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-7320.

Professor Geoffrey J. Giles
History/PO Box 117320
University of Florida
Gainesville FL 32611-7320

Office phone: (352)-392-0271
Home phone: (352)-375-3587
Private fax: (352)-379-0935
4. Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Contemporary Judaism: Stonehill College (Sarna)

Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 6:09 PM

STONEHILL COLLEGE, Department of Religious Studies, announces the opening of a junior level tenure-track position in Jewish Studies, with particular focus on contemporary Judaism and a secondary emphasis on Islam, beginning in the fall of 2002. Responsibilities include teaching an introductory course in the study of religion as well as teaching mid-level and upper-level courses in area of specialization (three courses per
semester). A completed Ph.D. by the time of hire, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and evidence of scholarly promise are required of all applicants. Candidates for this position should also be willing to team-teach. Interviews will be conducted at the AAR Annual meeting in November and we will contact candidates with whom we wish to meet by early November. Send letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and other supportive material by October 15 to Professor Mary Joan Leith, Department of Religious Studies, 320 Washington St., North Easton, MA 02357. Stonehill, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a Catholic, undergraduate liberal arts college located 25 miles south of Boston.
5. Dartmouth College Multidisciplinary Forum on Conversion in the Ottoman Domain, India and Japan (Reinhart)

Date: 15 Oct 2001 15:22:29 EDT
From: "A. Kevin Reinhart" <A.Kevin.Reinhart@Dartmouth.EDU>
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Wednesday, October 17, 2001 5:05 AM

Converting Cultures: Religion, Ideology and Transformations of Modernity

A Call for Applications to the Humanities Center Residential Research Institute at Dartmouth College

September 23-November 30, 2002

This multidisciplinary forum will bring together selected Dartmouth
faculty and scholars from other US and foreign institutions to pursue research related to the topic of "Conversion."

The Institute will be directed by Kevin Reinhart, Professor of Religion,
and Dennis Washburn, Professor of Japanese.

The aim of the Institute is to explore the concept of conversion as it
operated during the 19th and 20th centuries in the Ottoman domain, India, and Japan.

Although the term "conversion" has strong religious connotations, it may also be viewed constructively in larger terms as a political or ideological process: conversion as a form of cultural appropriation through the forced adoption by subordinate groups of dominant discourses, customs, or institutions; conversion as a redefinition of spatial
categories--East-West, rural-urban, empire-colony; conversion as a reordering of social classes or a blurring of ethnic and gender categories. The extensive literature on religious conversion will prove useful in analyzing these types of socio-cultural transformations,
since nationalism and other modern ideologies both partake of religious "moods" and secularize them. Recent scholarship on conversion also recognizes that often not just the converted, but the converter is changed--a transformation that demonstrates the complex,
sometimes contradictory outcomes of cultural and ideological adaptation.

Fellows: External Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000 and will be expected to contribute to an edited collection that will emerge from the work of the Institute.

Applications: For further information and application information please


Mail: Humanities Center Institute, c/o Sandra Gregg, Dartmouth
College, 114 Wentworth
Hall, Hanover, Nh 03755-3526

Deadline for applications: January 31, 2002
6. Graduate Fellowships in Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at UCLA (Myers)

From: David Myers <>
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2001 8:18 PM

The UCLA Department of History offers attractive financial packages to
highly qualified students in the fields of Jewish history and Holocaust
Studies. The Department is one of the largest and top-rated in the
country, with a superb faculty and a vibrant intellectual community.
Moreover, it has a long track record of excellence in both Jewish history
and Holocaust studies. Graduate students in these fields at UCLA have had
considerable success in the academic marketplace, and now hold positions at
leading universities. Students interested in European Jewish history are
eligible for the MONKARSH FAMILY FELLOWSHIP; students interested in
Holocaust studies are eligible for the 1939 CLUB GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP.

Core faculty of the Jewish history field include:

Saul Friedlander, 1939 Club Professor of Holocaust Studies
Maurice Kriegel, Maurice Amado Professor of Sephardic Studies
David N. Myers, Professor of Jewish History

For more information about graduate studies in Jewish history at UCLA,
contact Prof. David N. Myers at

David N. Myers
UCLA History Department
6265 Bunche Hall
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473
(310) 825-3780
(310) 206-9630 (fax)

7. Post-Doctoral Fellowship: American Academy for Jewish Research (Stanislawski)

Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 6:09 PM

The AAJR invites applications for its third annual post-doctoral
fellowship. Candidates in any field of Jewish Studies who will complete
their dissertation by June 30, 2002 may apply. Fellowships are $30,000 per
annum (with the possibility of a renewal for a second year), and support
research and teaching at any major North American university with a Jewish
Studies program. Proposals should include a curriculum vitae, a
dissertation abstract, a research and teaching plan for the fellowship
year, the name of a senior scholar at the proposed university who could
serve as coordinator of the fellowship, and three letters of reference.
As part of the application, candidates should include a letter of interest
from the proposed host institution, stating in general terms the
activities and responsibilities of the candidate, should the fellowship be

Deadline: February 1, 2002
The successful candidate will be notified by March 15, 2002.

All materials should be sent to:

1. Prof. Michael Stanislawski, Chair
AAJR Post-Doctoral Fellowship Committee
Department of History, 605 Fayerweather
Columbia Unversity, New York, NY 10027

2. Office of the American Academy for Jewish Research
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

[It is not necessary to send accompanying letters to this address, only
the names of recommenders contacted]

If you have questions, please contact Prof. Stanislawski via email

Sheila Allen
Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
phone: (215) 238-1290
fax: (215) 238-1540
8. Seeking Historian/Department Director: Institute of Southern Jewish Life (Greenberg)

Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 12:20:35 -0500
From: "Mark I. Greenberg" <>
Via: John McClymer <>

Historian/Department Director

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) in
Jackson, MS, seeks a Historian/Department Director to oversee its
history department. He/she is responsible for the following: conduct
research on the Southern Jewish Experience; disseminate information
through publications, lectures, tours, and discussions with groups of
all ages and backgrounds; serve as a resource on a wide variety of
southern Jewish topics locally and across the country; work with Museum
staff to develop exhibits; write and edit grants and other printed
material as needed; conduct video oral history interviews and lead oral
history workshops; oversee oral history transcription, editing, and
publishing process; recruit and supervise ISJL student interns;
represent ISJL at other organizations with missions that intersect the
ISJL; participate in professional development activities to extend and
enhance the reputation of the ISJL; suggest and coordinate innovative
history-related programming and scholarship; maintain and develop
relationships with scholars and institutions in the field

Qualifications: Ph.D. in American History, Southern Studies, Jewish
Studies or related fields; demonstrated skills in critical analysis and
interpretation of historical materials; lecture and public presentation
skills; professional publications in fields related to areas of
expertise; strong writing skills; field work techniques for oral history

Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Send
application letter, resume, and three references to Mr. Macy B. Hart,
ISJL, P. O. Box 16528, Jackson, MS 39236 or email
Applications accepted until position is filled.

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