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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - August 6, 2006

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

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

Week of Sunday, August 6, 2006 (12 Av 5766)


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1. New Publication: _The Fire, the Star and the Cross_ (Khanbaghi

2. _American Jewish Year Book_ Digitized (Solomon)

3. Transatlantic Slave Trade Database Migrating to Digital Format (Lee)

4. An Interview in Hebrew with Filmmaker Rami Kimchi (Kimchi)

5. Course on Sephardi Law, Customs, and Recipes at the Museo Sefardí de Toledo—In Memory of Iacob Hassán (Macías)

6. Grants from Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Olins)

7. Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2007-2008 (Paxton)

8. Call For Papers: Australian Journal of Jewish Studies (Abramovich)

9. Call For Reviewers: _Jewish Culture and History_ (Abrams)

10. Call for Papers: Latin American Jewish Studies Association (Lindstrom)

11. Query: the Term “Bucco” (Silverman)

12.  Query: The Film “El Santo Oficio” (Ben-Ur)


1. New Publication: _The Fire, the Star and the Cross_ (Khanbaghi)

from: Aptin Khanbaghi <ak313(at)>

via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA

 Aptin Khanbaghi.  _The Fire, the Star and the Cross: Minority Religions in Medieval and Early Modern Iran_ (London: IB Tauris, 2006) (ISBN 1-84511-056-0).

  Contemporary political events have generated a strong interest in minorities in the so-called Middle East. Today the region is mostly identified with Islam. Yet it has been home to many other great cultures, and the civilisation of the Islamic world is itself indebted to the various peoples that the Muslim Arabs ruled in the 7th and 8th centuries

  Far from fading away after the emergence of Islam, the inhabitants of the Iranian plateau and of Mesopotamia were central players in the lives of their regions. In this important study, Khanbaghi offers a comprehensive discussion of those groups that retained their own faith and continued to participate actively in the socio-political life of pre-Modern and early Modern Iran.


2. _American Jewish Year Book_ Digitized (Solomon)

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2006 15:09:21 -0400

From: David Solomon <dsolomon(at)>

This note is about a digitized source for the _American Jewish Year Book_ with cross volume text search capability.

 The American Jewish Committee is offering the run of the _Year Book_ (1899-2005) and other interesting sources, including archival material at:

 Text-string search across volumes/years is supported, but is non-intuitive.  With luck, I managed to break the code.

 Here is how it works.  

 Click on Search.

 Then fill in the search parameters including the date range of months, which is nonsense for a single volume per year publication, and years to be searched.  

 Now for the secret sauce:  go to the bottom of the page and click the button labeled "Search American Jewish Year Book."  (A difficulty is that the Archives search button is the default - a bad assumption.)  Then go back up the page and click Search.  Voila!

 There is a tiny note on the two search buttons at the bottom of the page - Archives & AJYB - that both sources cannot be searched together now, implying that someday they will be.  

 David Solomon


 American Jewish Historical Society:  Responsible for the Future of the Jewish Past

 [ed: very slight edit]


3. Transatlantic Slave Trade Database Migrating to Digital Format (Lee)

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 14:38:57 -0400

from: "Andrew H. Lee" <andrew.lee(at)>

via: H-NET List for the History of Slavery [mailto:H-SLAVERY(at)H-NET.MSU.EDU]

On Behalf Of Mintz, Steven HSent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 7:13 AM


 From: African American Studies and Librarianship


 Emory Report, July 10, 2006

 Documents from slave voyages to be digitally accessible BY Elaine Justice Emory scholars who are revising and expanding a renowned database of trans-Atlantic slave voyages-which, when completed, will account for fully 82 percent of the entire history of the slave trade-expect to make the material available on the Internet within the next two years.

 The work is being funded by two grants, $324,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and $25,000 from Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research. The expansion of the current database is based on the seminal 1999 work "The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade," a CD-ROM that includes more than 27,000 slave trade voyages and has been popular with scholars and genealogists alike.

 "We're trying to do for African Americans what's been done for Euro-Americans already," said David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History and one of the scholars who published "The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade." Eltis and Martin Halbert, director of digital programs and systems for University Libraries, are directing theproject. "Everyone wants to know where their antecedents came from, and certainly Europeans have been more thoroughly covered by historians," said Eltis. "There is more data on the slave trade than on the free migrant movement simply because the slave trade was a business and people were property, so records were likely to be better. What the database makes possible is the establishment of links between America and Africa in a way that already has been done by historians on Europeans for many years."

 In addition to increasing the number of slave trade voyages from the original work by nearly 25 percent, the grant will allow the addition of new information to more than one-third of the voyages already included in the 1999 CD-ROM. The expanded database, making its debut on the Internet, will include auxiliary materials such as maps, ship logs and manifests. At the end of the two-year project, online researchers also will be able to submit new data to an editorial board for vetting and future inclusion in the database. In bringing the materials online, "we are thinking about the needs of very different groups of users," said Halbert. "Scholars and researchers in  higher education will want to look at specific time periods and generate comparative statistics, charts, graphs and geographic displays of information. K-12 students have much less background knowledge so will need more context to be able to use the material effectively."

 Everyone from advanced researchers to students and the public will be Able to go to a single location on the Web to use the material, said project manager Elizabeth Milewicz. "There will be one database, but different ways to search it." While some researchers may want to download the database in its entirety, others, especially K-12 teachers and students, "will want to ask questions of the database without getting overloaded," said Milewicz. "We're constantly asking who is the audience [for the Web site and how would they use it to make sense of the data," said Milewicz. "The trans-Atlantic slave trade is one of the most documented movements of people into the New World. Helping younger audiences to understand the slave trade to get a sense of what it meant at the time and make it real for them-is part of our aim as well."

 Carol Hahn, Candler Professor of Educational Studies and member of the project's advisory board, will be working with sociology professor Regina Werum to help fulfill the project's educational mission, soliciting and reviewing educational and supplementary materials for the site.

 The first prototype of the site will be presented at the Digital Library Federation Forum in spring 2007. Emory is part of the prestigious 39-member international consortium of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering the use of electronic information technologies. In addition to Hahn and Werum, the advisory board for the project includes: Joseph C. Miller, T. Cary Johnson, Jr. Professor of History, University of Virginia; Paul Lovejoy, Distinguished Research Professor, York University; Herbert S. Klein, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Columbia University; G. Ugo Nwokeji, assistant professor, African American Studies, University of California Berkeley.

 Members of the project steering committee are: David Richardson of the University of Hull, United Kingdom; Manolo Florentino of Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; and Steve Behrendt of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


 4. An Interview in Hebrew with Filmmaker Rami Kimchi (Kimchi)

Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2006 14:30:42 +0000

From: rami nathan <raminathan(at)>

Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 18:31:13 -0400

This interview with Rami Kimchi appeared in _Anashim_ (Israel’s People Magazine).  In it, Kimchi addresses stereotypes about non-Ashkenazi Jews and discusses his recently completed trilogy about his Sephardic family and ancestry.  For the text, see this issue on the Discussion List website, this issue, at:

Then, Click here for page 1.  Click here for page 2.  Click here for page 3.


5.  Course on Sephardi Law, Customs, and Recipes at the Museo Sefardí de Toledo—In Memory of Iacob Hassán (Macías)

Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 02:26:15 +0200

From: Uriel Macías <umk(at)>

Subject: Programa del curso del Museo Sefardí de ToledoEstimado amigo

Estimada amiga,

 Te adjunto el programa del XVI Curso de Verano del Museo Sefardí de Toledo "La mesa puesta: Leyes, costumbres y recetas sefardíes", que tendrá lugar del 4 al 7 de septiembre de 2006.

 El Curso está dedicado a la memoria de nuestro querido amigo Jacob Hassán (z.l.).

 Se tratarán los diferentes aspectos relacionados con la mesa en la tradición judía como las leyes de la casrut, la comida en el Talmud, el vino y la comida en Sefarad, las tradiciones de la mesa festiva, recetas típicas del sábado y otras celebraciones y festividades. También habrá degustación de comida sefardí.Berajá y salud se te haga.


 Uriel Macías

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur:  For the program, see this issue on the Discussion List website, at: and then, for the program and registration: Click here for page 1. Click here for page 2. Click here for page 3 .]


6. Grants from Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Olins)

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 22:41:40 -0400

From:  Debby Olins <dolins(at)>

via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

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

  The HBI welcomes proposals for interdisciplinary research or artistic projects on Jewish women and gender issues.  Scholars, activists, writers, and artists who are pursuing research on questions of significance to the field of Jewish women's studies may apply.

 Junior (up to $2000) and Senior (up to $5000) level grants available.

Deadline: September 15, 2006

 Proposal categories:



 Social Science


 The Yishuv and Israel

 The Arts - including Performance, Visual,  & Creative Writing

 Application details can be found on the HBI web site:

 For further information contact Debby Olins at dolins(at)


7. Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2007-2008 (Paxton)

Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 11:36:52 -0700

From: Loryn Paxton <lpaxton(at)>


  The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington is welcoming applications for the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies for the academic year 2007-2008.  The Fellowship may be used for post-doctoral research or to complete doctoral research in any field of Jewish Studies.  Candidates must agree to be in residence at the University of Washington for the tenure of their fellowship.  The Hazel D. Cole Fellow will receive a stipend of approximately $30,000 for the academic year (pending funding), will offer one undergraduate seminar or lecture course, and will make a public presentation while in Seattle.

 Applicants from all American and foreign universities are welcome.  Applications should consist of:

  (1) A current curriculum vitae.

  (2) A description (not exceeding five pages) of the proposed research


  (3) Three letters of recommendation.

 Applicants are encouraged to be at the AJS meetings for interviews. Telephone interviews are offered when necessary. Information on the date and site of the annual meeting can be found at:

 All applications (including letters of recommendation) should be received no later than November 1, 2006.

 Application materials may be mailed to: Hazel D. Cole Fellowship Search Committee, JSIS, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650. (Applications by fax or email will not be accepted).

Loryn Paxton, Coordinator

       Comparative Religion Program

       Jewish Studies Program

       Institute for International Policy

 University of Washington

 Box 353650

 Seattle, WA 98195

         Tel: 206.543.4835

         Fax: 206.685.0668

         Email: lpaxton(at)


8. Call For Papers: Australian Journal of Jewish Studies (Abramovich)

Date:  Tue, 13 Jun 2006 22:13:14 -0400

from: "Dr Dvir Abramovich" dvir(at)

via:  Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

 Call for Journal Submissions

 The Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 2006 edition.

 The Australian Journal of Jewish Studies is a peer-reviewed publication devoted to the study of Jewish culture, history, politics, literature, religion, philosophy and thought in all aspects and periods. It is published annually.

 ~The editors are inviting additional articles and book reviews for its

 2006 edition.


 *The AJJS normally will accept contributions of 15,000 words (including quotations).

 *Please include a short bio and an abstract of 150 words.

 *Submissions should be sent as email attachments in a PC-readable format (preferably MS Word, HTML or RTF).

 All submission and enquires to:

 Editor: Dr. Dvir Abramovich

 E-mail: mailto:dvir(at) ]dvir(at)

 Dr Dvir Abramovich

 Editor: Australian Journal of Jewish Studies

 The Jan Randa Senior Lecturer in Hebrew & Jewish Studies


 Centre for Jewish History and Culture

 The University of Melbourne

 Victoria, Australia, 3010


9. Call For Reviewers: _Jewish Culture and History_ (Abrams)


Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 20:07:39 -0400

from: "Nathan Abrams" <nathan.abrams(at)>

via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

 _Jewish Culture and History_ is edited at the University of Southampton and published by Vallentine Mitchell. It is an open, non-sectarian journal, aiming to cross academic boundaries and offer a space for new research, work in progress, reviews, and news of archives, libraries and conferences. It aims to explore previously neglected areas of the Jewish experience, with a particular, though not exclusive, interest in British Jewry. Subjects include the history of Jews in society and in relation to other ethnic and historical minorities, cultural representations of Jews, oral history, historiography, history and memory, Yiddish culture, gender, life-cycle experience, class, consumption and life-styles, Jewish identities, Jews and modernity, geography and place. For more information, see our website:

 Jewish Culture and History is always on the look out for new reviewers. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer please contact the Reviews Editor, Nathan Abrams: nathan.abrams(at)


10. Call for Papers: Latin American Jewish Studies Association (Lindstrom)

Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 23:15:14 -0400

from: "Naomi Lindstrom" <lindstrom(at)>

via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

 THE LATIN AMERICAN JEWISH STUDIES ASSOCIATION (LAJSA) announces the XIII International Research Conference of LAJSA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 29-31 July 2007

 “Jewish Cultural Productions in Latin America”

 The Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) announces its XIII

 International Research Conference, Buenos Aires, 29-31 July 2007. The conference will explore facets of Jewish cultural production in Latin America.

 We invite paper and panel proposals that approach the conference theme from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, using case study or comparative approaches in any historical era: colonial, modern, or contemporary. We also invite proposals for papers and panels addressing topics within Latin American Jewish studies that fall outside of the conference theme.

 To obtain a detailed Call for Papers including instructions for proposing a paper or panel and the proposal form, please contact one of the Co-Coordinators of the Conference:

 David William Foster (david.foster(at), LAJSA President

 Darrell B. Lockhart (lockhart(at), Program Chair, XIII Conference

 All proposals must be received no later than February 1, 2007.


11.  Query: The Term “Bucco” (Silverman)

From: ld484(at)

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2006 02:24:14 -0700

Dear all,

I'm currently working on an essay on Elias Canetti, who mentions in his autobiography that his role/title was "Bucco" in his family. I know that this is a title of honor usually bestowed on the eldest son, but if anyone on the list could give me information about this term beyond that definition (such as its origins and/or wider use among Sephardim, non-Jews, etc.) I would appreciate hearing from you!

With best wishes,

Lisa Silverman

Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


12.  Query: The Film “El Santo Oficio” (Ben-Ur)

I am trying to borrow a copy of the “El Santo Oficio,” the 1974 Mexican film directed by Arturo Ripstein.  My Interlibrary Loan librarians tell me that none of the three libraries in the country that own the video will loan it.  Do readers have any suggestions?

Thank you very much.

Aviva Ben-Ur

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