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1. New Publication: _The Jews of Yemen: History, Society, Culture_ (Eraqi

2. New Publication: _Jewish Subjects and their Tribal Chieftains in Kurdistan A
Study in Survival_ (Lev)

3. New Publication: _The Heart is a Mirror: The Sephardic Folktale_ (Alexander-

4. New Publication: _The Jewish Contribution to Civilization_ (Craddock)

5. New CD: “‘Kamti Lehallel’ - The Spanish and Portuguese Musical Tradition”

6. Call for Papers: Cognitive Approaches to the Concept of Food in the
Mediterranean Cultures (Agis)

7. Call for Papers: History of Printing in the Languages and Countries of the
Middle East (Marzolph; Roper; Yontan)

8. Call for Papers: Re-mapping Jewishness at 2008 Modern Languages Association

9. Call for Papers: Gender in Sephardic and Sephardist Literature (Beckwith)

10. Call for Papers: 2008 Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage
Conference (Reyes and Villarroel)

11. Call for Papers: World Congress of Jewish Studies (Merdler)

12. Call for Papers: Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference

13. National Endowment for the Humanities: Funding and Summer Institutes

14. Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Seminar Series - Gender and Jewish Thought -
January - May 2009 (Decter)

15. American Jewish Archives Fellowship Program (Proffitt)

16. Fellowships at the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas-
Austin (Hardwick)

17. Post-doctoral fellowship in Contemporary American Jewish Studies, Washington
University in St. Louis (Barmash)


1. New Publication: _The Jews of Yemen: History, Society, Culture_ (Eraqi

From: Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman <bater(at)openu(dot)ac(dot)il>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 18:58:57 +0200

This is to announce my new publication:

Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman, _The Jews of Yemen: History, Society, Culture_, Vol.
3 (Raanana: The Open University Press, 2008), 435 pp. ISBN 978-965-06-0954-2 (in

The book discusses the Jews of Yemen under the Ottomans, immigration to
Palestine 1881-1945, and immigration from Yemen to Palestine/Israel from the End
of World War II Through the Establishment of the State of Israel and up to the
End of the Twentieth Century.

[sic: very slight edit]


2. New Publication: _Jewish Subjects and their Tribal Chieftains in Kurdistan A
Study in Survival_ (Lev)

From: "Dan Lev" <danlevin11(at)gmail(dot)com>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 16:54:22 -0500

_Jewish Subjects and their Tribal Chieftains in Kurdistan A Study in Survival_
Dr. Mordechai Zaken (Brill, 2007).

This volume deals with the experience and position of Jewish subjects in
Kurdistan. It is based on new oral sources, diligently collected and carefully
analyzed. The four main parts of the book examine the relationships between the
Kurdish Jews and their tribal chieftains (aghas) in urban centers and villages
in Kurdistan, using numerous new reports and vivid examples. It also deals
extensively with topics such as the security and murder of Jews in the tribal
Kurdish setting, the question of slavery of rural Jews and the conversion of
Jews to Islam. The last part of the book examines the experience of the Jews in
Iraqi Kurdistan between World War I (1914) and the immigration of Jews to Israel
(1951-52). Readership: All those interested in the history of oriental Jewry,
Kurds and Iraq, minorities in the Middle East, tribal society, as well as oral
historians, sociologists and anthropologists. Mordechai Zaken, Ph.D. (2004) in
Near Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializes in the
history of the Kurds, oriental Jewry, and non-Muslim minorities in the region.
He served as Adviser on Arab Affairs to the Prime Minister of Israel (1997-99).

August 2007. ISBN 978 9004161 90 0. Hardback (xxii, 364 pp.)


3. New Publication: _The Heart is a Mirror: The Sephardic Folktale_ (Alexander-

From: Tamar Alexander-Frizer <talex(at)bgu(dot)ac(dot)il>

Tamar Alexander-Frizer, _The Heart is a Mirror: The Sephardic Folktale_ (Detroit
Michigan: Wayne State University Press, 2007); (690 pp.).

Since their expulsion in 1492, Sephardic Jews have managed to maintain their
Jewish faith and Spanish group identity and have developed a uniquely Judeo-
Spanish culture wherever they settled. Among the important cultural ties within
these Sephardic groups are Judeo-Spanish folktales, stories that have been
passed down from generation to generation, either in the distinct language of
the group (Ladino), or in other languages, such as Hebrew. In _The Heart is a
Mirror_, Tamar Alexander-Frizer examines the folk narratives of Sephardic Jews
to view them both in relation to universal narrative traditions and the
traditions of Jewish culture.

In part 1, Alexander-Frizer investigates the relationship between folk
literature and group identity via the stories' connection to Hebrew canonical
sources, their historical connection to the land of origin, their treatment of
prominent family members and historical events, and their connection to the
surrounding culture in the land of the Spanish Diaspora.
Part 2, contains an analysis of several important genres and subgeners present
in the folktales, including legends, ethical tales, fairy tales, novellas, and
humorous tales. Finally, in part 3, Alexander-Frizer discusses the art of
storytelling, introducing the theatrical and rhetorical aspects of Sephardic
folktales, such as the storyteller, the audience, and the circumstances of time
and place.

This thorough and thought-provoking study is based on a corpus of over four
thousand stories told by the descendents of the Spanish Diaspora. An
introduction addresses methodological problems that arise from the need to
define the stories as Judeo-Spanish in character, as well as from the methods
used to record and anthologize them. Jewish studies scholars, as well as those
interested in folktale studies, will gain much from this fascinating and
readable volume.

Tamar Alexander-Frizer is Franfurter Chair for Sephardic Studies, head of the
folklore program, and director of the Gaon Center for Ladino Culture at Ben-
Gurion University, Beer Sheba, Israel.

"This magnificent book is a must not only for every scholar and lover of Jewish
folk narratives but also for all folklorists and all those interested in oral
verbal creativity. The rich cultural information and the methodological savvy
introduced by the author to her analyses of narratives that perform identity in
multiple ways &#8722; including historical, linguistic, national, and gender
render the book a true mine of knowledge and an enjoyable read."
Galit Hasan-Rokem, Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore at
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"Tamar Alexander-Frizer is a brilliant, world-class expert on every aspect of
Judeo-Spanish folklore and folk literature. This massive &#8722; I dare to say
definitive &#8722; study of Sephardic folktales will be welcomed not only by
Judeo-Spanish and Judaica specialists, but by all folklorists in a wide international
perspective and by Hispanists and Hispano-mievalists as well"
Samuel G. Armistead, distinguished professor of Spanish at the University
of California-Davis.

Tamar Alexander-Frizer


4. New Publication: _The Jewish Contribution to Civilization_ (Craddock)

From: Ludo Craddock <ludo(at)littman(dot)co(dot)uk>
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2008 19:32:50 +0000


I am writing with information on a new book just published by the Littman
Library: _The Jewish Contribution to Civilization_, edited by Jeremy Cohen and
Richard I. Cohen.

To order copies, please contact your usual supplier or the address given at the
end of this message.

Further information on this book and all other Littman titles can be found on
our website at

Thank you.

Ludo Craddock

_The Jewish Contribution to Civilization_


The biblical idea of a distinct “Jewish contribution to civilization” continues
to engage Jews and non-Jews alike. This book seeks neither to document nor to
discredit the notion, but rather to investigate the idea itself as it has been
understood from the seventeenth century to the present. It explores the role
that the concept has played in Jewish self-definition, how it has influenced the
political, social, and cultural history of the Jews and of others, and whether
discussion of the notion still has relevance in the world today.

The book offers a broad spectrum of academic opinion: from tempered advocacy to
reasoned disavowal, with many alternative variations on the theme in between. It
attempts to illustrate the centrality of the question in modern Jewish culture
in general, and its importance for modern Jewish studies in particular.

Part One addresses the idea itself and considers its ramifications. Richard I.
Cohen focuses on the nexus between notions of “Jewish contribution” and those of
“Jewish superiority” David N. Myers shifts the focus from “contribution” to
“civilization”, arguing that the latter term often served the interests of
Jewish intellectuals far better. Moshe Rosman shows how the current emphasis on
multiculturalism has given the idea of a “Jewish contribution” new life. Part
Two turns to the relationship between Judaism and other monotheistic cultures.
Elliott Horowitz's essay on the Sabbath serves as an instructive test-case for
the dynamic and complexity of the “contribution” debate and a pointer to more
general, theoretical issues. David Berger expands on these in his account of how
discussion of Christianity’s Jewish legacy developed in the late nineteenth and
twentieth centuries, and Susannah Heschel shows how the Jewish Christian
encounter has influenced the study of other non-Western "others". Daniel
Schroeter raises revealing questions about the altogether Eurocentric character
of the “contribution” discourse, which also bore heavily on perceptions of Jews
and Judaism in the world of Islam. Part Three introduces us to various
applications and consequences of the debate. Yaacov Shavit probes the delicate
balance forged by nineteenth-century German Jewish intellectuals in defining
their identity. Mark Gelber moves the focus to the present and
considers the postwar renewal of German Jewish culture and the birth of German
Jewish studies in the context of the “contribution” discourse. Bringing this
volume to its conclusion, David Biale compares three overviews of Jewish culture
and civilization published in America in the twentieth and twenty-first

Contributors David Berger, David Biale, Jeremy Cohen, Richard I. Cohen, Mark
Gelber, Susannah Heschel, Elliott Horowitz, David Myers, Moshe Rosman, Daniel
Schroeter, Yaacov Shavit

Jeremy Cohen holds the Abraham and Edita Spiegel Family Foundation Chair for
European Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. A specialist in the history of
Jewish Christian relations and three times a winner of the National Jewish Book
Award, his various publications include _The Friars and the Jews: The Evolution
of Medieval Anti-Judaism_; _Living Letters of the Law: Ideas of the Jew in
Medieval Christianity_; and _Christ Killers: The Jews and the Passion from the
Bible to the Big Screen_.

Richard I. Cohen holds the Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewish
Studies. He is the author of _The Burden of Conscience: French-Jewish Leadership
during the Holocaust_ and _Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe_, and
among books he has edited are _The French Revolution and Its Historical Impact
and Art and History_. He has co-curated and co-edited (with Vivian Mann) _From
Court Jews to the Rothschilds: Art, Patronage, and Power, 1600-1800_ and (with
Laurence Sigal) _Le juif errant: un témoin du temps_.

256 pages
978-1-904113-52-2 £32.95 / $49.50

Ludo Craddock
Chief Executive Officer
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
P.O. Box 645, Oxford OX2 0UJ, UK
main telephone/fax +44 (0)1865 514688
direct telephone +44 (0)1865 790740
e-mail ludo(at)littman(dot)co(dot)uk


5. New CD: “‘Kamti Lehallel’ - The Spanish and Portuguese Musical Tradition”

From: Daniel Halfon <daniel(at)danielhalfon(dot)com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 18:51:57 +0200Subject:

You might like to know that Beth Hatefutsoth and the Jewish Historical Museum of
Amsterdam recently released a double CD entitled “Kamti Lehallel’-The Musical
Tradition of the Spanish and Portuguese Communities of Amsterdam, London and New

If you would like a copy for review, please let me have your address, and I will
arranged to have one sent to you.

In the meantime if you would like some more background, here are a couple of


Daniel Halfon


6. Call for Papers: Cognitive Approaches to the Concept of Food in the
Mediterranean Cultures (Agis)

From: DERYA AGIS <deryaagis(at)gmail(dot)com>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 12:31:57 +0200

*7th – 8th MAY 2008

Cognitive Sciences
Translation Studies
Jewish Studies
Sephardic Culture
British Culture
American Culture
Cypriot Culture
Turkish Culture
Communication Studies

Various cultures live in the Mediterranean. Various civilizations have lived in
Turkey and Cyprus. Also, the immigrants brought their own food to Turkey and
Cyprus. Sephardim came to the Ottoman Empire after their expulsion from Spain in
1492. Additionally, Ashkenazim settled in Turkey. Cyprus have had Turkish,
Greek, Jewish, Armenian, Italian, and British inhabitants for centuries.

In this symposium, we wish to focus on the food culture of various cultural
groups that live in Turkey, Cyprus, and in other Mediterranean countries, and
investigate the relationship between the food culture and cognition in different
fields, such as Linguistics, Anthropology, Education, Translation Studies,
History, Literature, and Jewish Studies. We expect to receive the 150 – 250 word
abstracts of your presentations and 5 (five) keywords for your presentations
until March/01/2008. 20 (twenty) minutes will be given for each presentation,
and 10 (ten) minutes will be left for questions.
Papers of the accepted abstracts should be written in the APA style. Papers
should be submitted at the end of the symposium.

*Abstract Submission:* Derya Agis
*E-mail:* deryaagis(at)gau(dot)edu(dot)tr / deryaagis(at)gmail(dot)com
*Department of Translation and Interpreting Phone: *+90 392 650 20 00 / 1101
Girne American University,
Karmi Campus, Karaoglanoglu, Girne, K.K.T.C. Mersin 10, Turkey

*Important Dates:*
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 01, 2008
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: March 15, 2008
Paper Submission: May 8, 2008
Registration Fee: $150

*Accomodation and Registration*

*Method of Payment:
*Turkey Is Bank
Girne Branch
USD Account number: TR290006400000268100077163
Euro Account number: TR320006400000268108497000


7. Call for Papers: History of Printing in the Languages and Countries of the
Middle East (Marzolph; Roper; Yontan)

Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 13:48:22 -0500
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>


This Symposium will cover the history of printing and publishing in all
Middle Eastern languages and scripts: Arabic, Armenian, Berber, Coptic,
Georgian, Hebrew, Kurdish, Persian, Syriac, Turkish, etc., anywhere in the
world, as well printing in other languages in Middle Eastern countries.

Some of the specific themes which may be discussed and developed in
the conference papers are the following (but other suggestions are most

- Middle Eastern printing before Gutenberg
- The origins and developments of European typography in Middle
Eastern scripts
- The arrival and development of typography in the Middle East
- The aesthetic and practical dimensions of Middle Eastern typography
(design, cognitive effects, etc.)
- Lithography in the Middle East
- The printing, publishing and readership of newspapers and magazines
[but not their journalistic, intellectual or literary content]
- Aspects of descriptive and analytical bibliography of early and rare
Middle Eastern printed material
- The history of Middle Eastern publishing, and its social, economic,
and literary consequences
- The history of publishing in Middle Eastern languages outside the
Middle East
- The art and techniques of illustrations in printed books and

The working languages of the Symposium are English, French and German.
Papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Please send proposals, as soon as possible,
and not later than 31 January 2008, using the Registration Form for the UEAI
Congress (of which this Symposium is part), available at As well as sending it to the Congress organisers,
please copy it to the three Symposium conveners below.

Ulrich Marzolph (Göttingen) umarzol(at)gwdg(dot)de
Geoffrey Roper (London) gjr2(at)cam(dot)ac(dot)uk
Sara Yontan (Paris) sara(dot)yontan(at)bnf(dot)fr

Visit the website at


8. Call for Papers: Re-mapping Jewishness at 2008 Modern Languages Association

From: Lori Harrison-Kahan <lharriso(at)conncoll(dot)edu>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 13:49:35 -0500

The Jewish Cultural Studies Discussion Group of the MLA is seeking papers
for the following session at the MLA's annual conference in San Francisco,
CA, December 27-30, 2008.
Re-mapping Jewishness (3/15/08; MLA '08)

How and where is Jewishness located? Papers examining Jewishness in relation to:
globalization and transnationalism, virtual and emergent communities,
archives/exhibitions, Jews of color, Jews and race. 250-word abstracts to Lori
Harrison-Kahan at lharriso(at)conncoll(dot)edu by March 15.

Lori Harrison-Kahan
Department of English
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Drive
New London, CT 06320
Email: lharriso(at)conncoll(dot)edu


9. Call for Papers: Gender in Sephardic and Sephardist Literature (Beckwith)

From: "Stacy N. Beckwith" <sbeckwit(at)carleton(dot)edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 00:16:40 -0600 (CST)

Gender in Sephardic and Sephardist Literature

• What are the roles of gender in modern Sephardic and/or Sephardist
literature? (Sephardist writing re/imagines elements from historic Jewish Spain
and integrates them into interpretations of a range of modern environments.)

• Have representations or patterns of portraying Sephardic characters with
distinct cross/gender traits confirmed, challenged, or complicated a group or a
society’s collective memory or constitutive ideological views?

• Together with, or beyond character design, have gendered aspects of
Sephardic and/or Sephardist writing styles (literary language(s), structure…)
contributed to discourse on memory and identity?

• Can gender be a useful point of departure for comparing modern Sephardic
and Sephardist literature?

Papers can involve any genre(s) in Sephardic and/or Sephardist literature –
prose/ poetry/ drama. Please send a 250 word abstract by March 10th, 2008 to
Stacy Beckwith, Associate Prof. of Hebrew, Carleton College.


10. Call for Papers: 2008 Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage
Conference (Reyes and Villarroel)

From: "Reyes, Rebeca " <PReyes(at)Central(dot)UH(dot)EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:41:50 -0600

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference
University of Houston
Joint Conference with Rice University
Crowne Plaza, Houston, Downtown
November 14-15, 2008

This year, there will be two general themes for the conference:

1. Mapping the Contact Zone(s) of Nuestra América.

Rather than revisit "contact zones" as initiated and dominated
by European travelers, merchants and conquistadors, we seek to investigate later
evolutions of the "contact zone" with its potential as a space for a
multiplicity of diverse cultural clashes and/or syntheses. The conference
advocates for a more thorough mapping of cultural, political, linguistic,
gendered and historical connections or disconnections between individuals and
groups of any particular "contact zone." The evolving metropolis, as found in
New York City, Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Antonio, Albuquerque and San
Francisco, among others, should be the ideal place to imagine the mutability and
multiplicity of the "contact zone," but so are places visited by violence and
forced displacement.

2. The bicentennial of Hispanic newspapers in the United States.

In September 1808, the first issue of El Misisipí was published
in New Orleans. It was the first Spanish-language newspaper to be published
north of the Rio Grande and was soon followed by others in the Northeast, Texas
and Florida. Since the beginnings of Hispanic publishing in all areas that
became part of the United States, Latinos have made of the newspaper, as well as
other types of periodicals, the most important and prolific medium for their
political, social, literary and religious expression, even more so than books.
In the process recovering our written legacy, thousands of texts worthy of
preservation and study have been found in newspapers, many more than in books.

As always, studies on the following themes will be welcome:

* Analytical studies of recovered authors and/or texts
* Critical, historical and theoretical approaches to recovered texts
* Curriculum development
* Religious thought and practice
* Folklore/oral histories
* Historiography
* Language and linguistics
* Library and information science
* Social implications, cultural analyses
* Collections and archives

MAY 31, 2008

Submit a 150-word abstract and curriculum vitae via e-mail to:

Carolina Villarroel, Project Manager
Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage * University of Houston
256 Cullen Performance Hall * Houston, TX 77204-2006
Tel: (713) 743-3128 * Email: carolina(at)central(dot)uh(dot)edu

Rebeca Reyes
Assistant to the Director
Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project
University of Houston
256 Cullen Performance Hall
Houston, Texas 77204-2006

Tel: (713) 743-3128
Fax: (713) 743-3142
Emails: preyes(at)uh(dot)edu


11. Call for Papers: World Congress of Jewish Studies (Merdler)

From: Dr. Ronela Merdler <jewishst(at)vms(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 11:04:40 -0500
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

The World Union of Jewish Studies invites you to the Fifteenth World
Congress of Jewish Studies which will take place at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem on August 2-6, 2009.
Call for Papers and a Preliminary Registaration Form are now available on
our website, and at our offices

Dr. Ronela Merdler
Executive Director

Email: jewishst(at)vms(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il
Visit the website at


12. Call for Papers: Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference

From: "Sania Ashraf" <asania(at)sph(dot)emory(dot)edu>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 11:01:53 -0500


The Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS) will hold its annual conference at
Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from the evening of Nov. 1 through Nov. 3,
2008, in conjunction with Emory's Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. Proposals
for sessions or individual papers focusing on any aspect of Southern Jewish
history are welcome. Because the SJHS conference brings together a diverse group
of scholars and laypeople, presentations should appeal to a broad audience. The
committee will begin to review proposals on March 14, 2008, and continue until
the program is set. Please send a one-page abstract of each proposed
presentation, along with a short bio of each presenter, to SJHS Program
Committee, c/o Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, 204 Candler Library, Emory
University, Atlanta, GA 30322. Proposals may also be submitted by email to the
Conference chair, Prof. Eric L. Goldstein, at egoldst(at)emory(dot)edu.

The Southern Jewish Historical Society promotes research, writing, and public
programs relating to the history of Jews in the American South. It holds an
annual conference, offers grants to students and independent researchers, and
publishes its own scholarly journal, Southern Jewish History. Please visit the
Society's website at


13. National Endowment for the Humanities: Funding and Summer Institutes

From: "Laufman, Larry E" <llaufman(at)bcm(dot)tmc(dot)edu>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 16:28:59 -0500

H-Judaic list members may be interested in National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEA) funding guidelines for both research and educational activities at
< >. In addition to traditional research, NEH also
supports college and university teachers' participation in various Summer
Seminars and Institutes < >. All
teachers selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a
fixed stipend, based on the length of the seminar or institute, to help cover
travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses: $1,800 (2
weeks), $2,400 (3 weeks), $3,000 (4 weeks), $3,600 (5 weeks), or $4,200 (6
weeks). The application deadline is March 3, 2008 (postmark). Two of
particular interest to H-Judaic subscribers are listed below.

Larry Laufman

Venice, the Jews, and Italian Culture: Historical Eras and Cultural
June 16-July 18, 2008 (5 weeks)
Murray Baumgarten, University of California, Santa Cruz, and
Shaul Bassi, Ca'Foscari, University of Venice
Faculty: Margaret Brose, Donatella Calabi, Enrico Fink, Joshua Holo, Dana
Katz, Marina del Negro Karem, Ariella Lang, Deanna Shemek, Simon Levis
Sullam, Gadi Luzzato Voghera

Information: Tim Guichard
UCSC Jewish Studies
Humanities Academic Services
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
831/459-1925 (fax)
(Institute location: Venice, Italy)


14. Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Seminar Series - Gender and Jewish Thought -
January - May 2009 (Decter)

From: Jonathan Decter <decter(at)brandeis(dot)edu>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 11:37:49 -0500

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider the fellowship opportunity below and help publicize the
fellowship with appropriate colleagues.


Jonathan Decter

The introduction of Women's and Gender Studies and shifts within this discipline
have allowed for new readings of classical Jewish texts and drawn attention to
texts that have stood beyond the purview of scholarship. The HBI Seminar Series
will bring together outstanding researchers of Jewish philosophical, exegetical
and literary texts interested in subjects pertaining to Women's and Gender
Studies. Participants will join in bi-monthly group discussions and a concluding
symposium. Scholars of the rabbinic, medieval and modern periods will be
considered. Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University Assistant Professor of
Sephardic Studies, will Chair the program.

Residencies are for one semester.

Application deadline: February 28, 2008


15. American Jewish Archives Fellowship Program (Proffitt)

From: "Proffitt, Kevin" <KProffitt(at)huc(dot)edu>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 13:32:53 -0500

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives is pleased to
invite applications to its annual Fellowship Program for the 2008-2009 academic
year. The Marcus Center's Fellowship Program provides recipients with month long
fellowships for research and writing at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the
American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Fellowship stipends will be sufficient to
cover transportation and living expenses while in residence in
Cincinnati.Applicants for the Marcus Center Fellowship program must be
conducting serious research in some area relating to the history of North
American Jewry. Typically, Marcus Center Fellowships will be awarded to post-
doctoral candidates, Ph.D. candidates who are completing dissertations, and
senior or independent scholars.

Applicants must submit a fellowship application together with a five-page
(maximum) research proposal that outlines the scope of their project and lists
those collections at the American Jewish Archives that are crucial to their
research. Applicants should also submit two letters of support, preferably from
academic colleagues. For graduate and doctoral students, one of these two
letters must be from their dissertation advisor.

Download a fellowship application or and request to have one sent via postal
mail. The submission deadline for applications is no later than March 18, 2008.
All inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:

Mr. Kevin Proffitt
The Director of the Fellowship Program
c/o The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 -2408
(513) 221-7444, ext. 304
Fax: (513) 221-7812



16. Fellowships at the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas-
Austin (Hardwick)

From: <historyinstitute(at)austin(dot)utexas(dot)edu>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 13:33:44 -0500

The Institute for Historical Studies at UT-Austin invites applications for
residential fellows for 2008-09. We will host four external fellows and will
aim to replace their full salaries at their home institutions. The fellows will
include junior, mid-career, and senior faculty. The closing date for
applications for the fellowships is February 15, 2008.

Our first two year theme is "Global Borders." Please note that we conceive of
borders very broadly in conceptual (for instance, legal, cultural, aesthetic,
gender and so on) as well as political or geographic terms.

For full details of the fellowships and the theme as well as other matters, see:

Or contact:

Julie Hardwick
Associate Professor & Director of the Institute for Historical Studies
Department of History
1 Univ Sta B7000
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 475-7221


17. Post-doctoral fellowship in Contemporary American Jewish Studies, Washington
University in St. Louis (Barmash)

From: "Pamela Barmash" <pbarmash(at)ARTSCI(dot)WUSTL(dot)EDU>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 14:30:22 -0500

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS invites applications for a post-doctoral
fellowship in Contemporary American Jewish Studies. We seek candidates who are
familiar in the intellectual, sociological, religious, and/or historical
challenges facing the American Jewish community today and are well-grounded in
the sources and methods of traditional Jewish Studies. Evidence of a vigorous
research agenda and promise of excellence in teaching are required. Applicants
should have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Duties commence in
August 2008. Course load will be two courses per semester. Please send a letter
of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a writing
sample, and a description of potential courses to Prof. Pamela Barmash, Campus
Box 1111, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130. Applications must be
received by March 1, 2008, to ensure full consideration. Washington
University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity employer and encourages
applications from women and minority candidates.

Thank you,
Pamela Barmash
Director, Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew
(email) pbarmash(at)wustl(dot)edu


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