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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - Week of July 10, 2005

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Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)>

Week of Sunday, July 10, 2005 (3 Tamuz 5765)




1. Call for Papers: Women in Judaism Conference, University of Melbourne (Abramovich)

2. Call for Articles on Philosemitism (Karp and Sutcliffe)

3. Call for Papers: Jewish Women’s/Gender Studies (Bailis)

4. Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Grants in Jewish Women's Studies (Olins)

5. Call for Papers: *International Sephardic Journal* (Alfassa)


1. Call for Papers: Women in Judaism Conference, University of Melbourne (Abramovich)

From: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>


Date: Sun., 10 Jul 2005

18th CONFERENCE, 12th -13th February 2006,




Melbourne 3010 Victoria


Call for papers. The Australian Association of Jewish Studies is pleased to issue this call for papers to be presented at its 18th annual conference, which will be convened at The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia on 12-13 February 2006.

The conference theme, Women In Judaism may include any variation on this theme from ancient times to the present day. This is an interdisciplinary conference and papers relating to history, literature, the arts and political science are welcomed. 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 12 September 2005. Acceptance of papers will be notified by email no later than 17 October 2005.

Abstracts should not exceed three hundred words and must include title, author's name, postal and email address. The program committee will referee all abstracts. Papers of particular merit and significance may be selected for publication in the conference proceedings.

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.  Proposals should be sent either electronically or by post to:

Dr. Dvir Abramovich dvir(at)


The University of Melbourne Centre for Jewish History and Culture

The University of Melbourne Victoria, 3010, Australia



Conference fees: Two days including lunch: $170/$140 AAJS Members/$85


One day including lunch: $90/$80 AAJS Members/$45 Students

Presenters and conference attendees should pay their conference fees no later than 12 December 2005.

Payments can be made by cheque or international money order made out to THE AAJS CONFERENCE.

Questions about the conference should be made directly to:

Dr. Dvir Abramovich



Tel: +613 8344 3789

Fax: +613 8344 0194


2. Call for Articles on Philosemitism (Karp and Sutcliffe)

From: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>


Date: Sun., 10 Jul 2005

The multifarious faces of antisemitism have understandably dominated the historical study of relations between Jews and non-Jews. However, non-Jewish attitudes towards Jews have always been complicated, and frequently ambivalent, the hatred of Jews often intertwined with contrary impulses of idealization and fascination. This volume aims to examine and trace through history the various manifestations of these “philosemitic” attitudes (including a critical interrogation of the term itself), from antiquity to the present. In so doing we hope to draw together interdisciplinary research on this topic, and cast new light on an often neglected but key aspect of the overdetermination of Jews and Judaism in Western culture.

We seek proposals for contributions from scholars working on any aspect of the history of attitudes towards Jews that might broadly be considered “philosemitic”. We would welcome contributions from historians and from literary scholars, as well as from other relevant disciplines such as theology or philosophy. Possible topics include: philosemitism in the ancient world, philosemitism in early and early modern Christianity, literary manifestations of philosemitism, philosemitism in economic thought, the relation of philosemitism to Jewish apologetics, philosemitism in popular culture, evangelical philosemitism, non-Western, Black, and ethnic minority philosemitism, and philosemitism in relation to Zionism / Israel.

Potential contributors should feel welcome to contact the editors at any time to discuss their participation over email. A short abstract of potential contributions (one or two paragraphs) should be sent to both editors by October 30, 2005. We will then aim to finalize the contents of the volume as fast as possible, and will request the submission of compete essays (of approximately 6,000-0,000 words) by June 15, 2006.

Jonathan Karp, Binghamton U. (jkarp(at)


Adam Sutcliffe

Associate Professor of European Jewish History

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

309 Gregory Hall

810 S. Wright Street

Urbana, IL 61801


Tel: (217) 244 2594


3. Call for Papers: Jewish Women’s/Gender Studies (Bailis)

From: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>


Date: Sun., 10 Jul 2005

The Jewish Feminist Research Group

(A Project of the Women’s Studies Program at JTS)

Call for Papers

Are you doing research in Jewish women’s/gender studies? Do you want a supportive place in which to receive constructive feedback on your work? Do you want to be able to discuss your work with other feminist and Jewish studies scholars?

The Jewish Feminist Research Group gives independent and affiliated scholars and graduate students a forum to present works-in-progress which bring together the insights of feminist scholarship within Jewish studies.  The group provides an ideal setting for testing material for publication or for presentation in other academic forums.

The format of the monthly sessions is as follows: Before each session, all subscribers to the group receive copies of the paper to be discussed.

Each session begins with a brief presentation by the evening’s presenter followed by a critique from two respondents in the presenter’s field. The floor is then opened for further discussion.  All sessions will take place at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

You may participate in the following ways:

1.) By presenting a paper to the group.

2.) By responding to a paper.

3.) By publicizing our sessions to your students, colleagues and friends.

4.) By subscribing to the JFRG for $36 for the year, which guarantees the

receipt of all the papers in advance of the sessions.

Those interested in presenting a paper should send a brief abstract (400-500 words) by August 1st to: jfrg(at) or to: The Jewish Theological Seminary, Women’s Studies Department box # 17, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.

For more information please e-mail Beverly Bailis at: jfrg(at)


4. Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Grants in Jewish Women's Studies (Olins)

From: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>


Date: Sun., 10 Jul 2005

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research and artistic projects.

Each year the HBI awards grants to support interdisciplinary research or artistic projects on Jewish women and gender issues.  Proposals for grants for the 2005 Research Awards are now being accepted.   Scholars, activists, writers and artists who are pursuing research on questions of significance to the field of Jewish women's studies may apply.

Deadline: September 15, 2005

Award categories:

The Arts


Film & Video


Israel & the Yishuv


Social Science

Application details can be found on the HBI web site:

For further information contact Debby Olins at dolins(at)

Debby Olins

Program Manager

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Brandeis University


Waltham, MA 02454


5. Call for Papers: *International Sephardic Journal* (Alfassa)

From: "Shelomo Alfassa (" <email(at)>

Date: Wed., 13 Jul 2005


International Sephardic Journal ISSN: 1547-5808

Volume 2. No. 2.

Summer 2005 -  The International Society for Sephardic Progress is welcoming submissions for its official publication, the International Sephardic Journal, a multi-disciplinary publication featuring scholarly works related to Sephardim (the descendants of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the former Ottoman Empire who share common religious and cultural bonds).

The International Sephardic Journal, is the only primarily English language refereed Jewish publication focusing on Sephardic Jewry. The majority of papers selected for publication are in English, with a limited amount accepted in Castilian, French, and Portuguese.

All interested scholars, professionals, including university students and independent researchers, as well as members of the rabbinate are invited to submit papers. Proposed topics may include, but are not limited to:

Sephardic/Mizrahi history, culture, language, religion (halakhot, minhagim), Diaspora, translations, biographies, Sephardic life and experience in the Americas, Europe, Asia or Africa. Topics related to converso descendants (descendants of Anusim / crypto-Jewish populations), as well as Sephardic interaction with non-Jewish communities are also welcome.

In addition, contemporary topics such as modern Sephardic society, politics, literature, religion, psychology, and science related to Sephardim will be considered. The International Sephardic Journal also welcomes first-person memoirs of the Sephardic experience for its "Portals to the Past" section, and book reviews of current publications relating to Sephardic life, culture, or religion.

Submissions may be made by e-mail. Please include name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), address, phone number, e-mail address, paper title, and short abstract in the body of the e-mail. Attach the article, in MS Word format. The deadline for submissions is September 20, 2005. Questions regarding potential submissions are welcome; please email them to email(at)

Submission guidelines may be found here

Shelomo Alfassa

Executive Director

International Society for Sephardic Progress 407-496-1125

Publisher of the International Sephardic Journal

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