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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List – February 1, 2009

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Week of Sunday, February 15, 2009 (21 Shevat 5769)


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1. Recent Publication: Siddur Farhi—Farhi Prayerbook of Cairo (Mosseri)

2. New Publication: _Marranos on the Moradas_ (Sims)

3. New Publication: _Arabes y judíos en Iberoamerica: Similitudes, diferencias y tensiones_ (Rein)

4. Table of Contents: _Israel Studies_ 14:1, Spring 2009 (Mendelsohn)

5. New Publication: Hasson, _Morada de mis Antepasados_ (Tirocinio)

6. The Last Trains: Untold Stories About Heroic Acts of Turkish Diplomats in France (American Friends of Turkish Jewry)

7. Italian Jewish Roots Conference, March 22 (Aiello)

8. Lecture Series: “Jews, Commerce, and Culture," Centro Primo Levi (Primo Levi Center)

9. Conference: Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World, Jewish Theological Seminary, Feb. 22-24 (Nahshon)

10. Call for Papers: Society for Ethnomusicology Panel on Jews and Music in Latin America and the Caribbean (Cohen and Wohl)

11. Call for Proposals: UCLA Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies (Garcia)

12. Call for Papers: Commerce and Religion in Medieval and Early Modern Times (Trivellato)

13. Call for Papers: American Academy of Religion unit on religion in pre-modern Europe and the Mediterranean (Freidenreich)

14. Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, Denver, August 2009 (Kunin)

15. Gerard Edery, The Spirit of Sepharad, at Queens Theatre March 7th (Noreen)


1. Recent Publication: Siddur Farhi—Farhi Prayerbook of Cairo (Mosseri)

From: Joseph Mosseri <joseph(dot)mosseri(at)verizon(dot)net>

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2003 06:42:04 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: This announcement was buried in my inbox, but is ever timely and of potential interest to student of Judeo-Arabic civilization.]

We are pleased to announce the reprinting of the Siddur Farhi for Daily and Shabbat Prayers. It is a collector's Siddur that you do not want to miss out on again. You do need not to be fluent in Arabic to appreciate it. The re-issue of Dr. Hillel Farhi's Siddur which was originally published in Cairo in 1917 includes a translation from Hebrew to classical Arabic will be of interest to Jews from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan, etc. whose

parents and grandparents may well have used it for their daily prayers – as well as to Arabic scholars.

Dr. Hillel Farhi, scion of the well-known Damascus family and a medical general practitioner by profession in Egypt, had contributed to the Jewish knowledge and literature of the 20th Century. By far, the masterpieces of Dr. Farhi's literary work are his translations from Hebrew to Arabic of the prayers of the Sephardic rite. He was the first to ever translate the Sephardic prayers books to classical Arabic. The Siddur for Daily and Shabbat Prayers and its commentaries were then and still are, widely acclaimed as a masterpiece of Arabic poetic liturgy.

The Siddur which bore his name opened the world of religious service to thousands of Jews who while familiar with the Arabic language, never had the opportunity to learn Hebrew and therefore could not understand the meaning of the prayers.

Today, most of these prayers books have been lost or left behind in the Middle East and Africa since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Fortunately, the Siddur Farhi is now available as a collector's item or for daily use.

A laminated color New edition which contains 561 pages, including a new preface and a 1940 obituary in French on Dr Hillel Farhi by Abraham El Maleh. Cost  US$40. Shipping is additional and is US$10 per book.

Please place your order with your full street address by return email to siddur(at) and by mailing the attached form with your payment in US Dollars (drawn on a US bank) to the following address:

The Comhedge Partnership

317 Camelot Court, Wyckoff, NJ 07481, USA

For more pictures of the Siddur and a preview of the Prefaces and the Obituary, please visit the following URL:

The siddurim will be available for local mailing & distribution in the US around the Jewish Holidays. Save US10 on the delivery cost. Order and pay now  for your Siddur and pick up them up later from:





That delivery facility is provided for prepaid orders ONLY!

Joseph Mosseri


2. New Publication: _Marranos on the Moradas_ (Sims)

From: Norman Simms <normansimms(at)hotmail(dot)com>

Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 22:33:56 +0000

Academic Studies Press

Norman Simms, _Marranos on the Moradas: Secret Jews and Penitentes in the Southwestern United States_ (Academic Studies Press, 2009).

ISBN 978-1-934843-32-1

520 pp. cloth



Publication Date: December, 2008

Two groups were persecuted over four hundred years in what is now the southwestern United States, each dissimulating and disguising who they truly were. Both now declare their true identities, yet raise hostility. The Penitentes are a lay Catholic brotherhood that practiced bloody rites of self-flagellation and crucifixion, but claim this is a misrepresentation and that they are a community and charitable organization. Marranos, an ambiguous and complicated population of Sephardic descendants, claim to be anousim. Both peoples have a complex, shared history. This book disentangles the web, redefines the terms, and creates new contexts in which these groups are viewed with respect and sympathy without idealizing or slandering them. It uses rabbinics, literary analyses, psychohistory, and cultural anthropology to consolidate a history of mentalities.


3. New Publication: _Arabes y judíos en Iberoamerica: Similitudes, diferencias y tensiones_ (Rein)

From: owner-hasafran(at)lists(dot)acs(dot)ohio-state(dot)edu

via: Peter Stern <pstern(at)library(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:55 PM

Below, please find the table of contents of a new book edited by Dr. Raanan Rein of Tel Aviv University,  in Spanish, devoted to Jews and Arabs in Latin America. For more information contact: raanan(at)post(dot)tau(dot)ac(dot)il

Raanan Rein (coord.), _Arabes y judios en Iberoamerica: Similitudes, diferencias y tensiones_ (Sevilla: Fundacion Tres Culturas del Mediterraneo, 2008). 460pp.

ISBN: 978-84-936282-6-0

Table of Contents


Raanan Rein

“Los judios son turcos que venden a plazos”: las relaciones etnicas comparativas en Iberoamerica

Jeffrey Lesser

Los turcos en Iberoamerica: el legado del millet

Margalit Bejarano

La conformación estereotípica de un otro-incivilizado a traves de la revista Caras y Caretas (1898-1918)

Emmanuel Taub

Judios, arabes, sefardíes, sionistas y argentinos: el caso del periódico Israel

Raanan Rein y Mollie Lewis

Re-configurando comunidades. Judios sefardies/arabes en Argentina (1900-1950)

Adriana Mariel Brodsky

Instituciones y liderazgo comunitario de los judios de origen marroqui en Buenos Aires

Diana Epstein

Participacion politica e identidad: arabes cristianos, arabes musulmanes y judíos de paises arabes en la Patagonia (1930-1942)

Mauricio Dimant

Identidad y asociacionismo de sirios, libaneses y *jalabes* en Argentina

Leonardo Senkman

Los judíos de origen sirio en Buenos Aires: identidad y practices políticas (1946-1978)

Susana Brauner

La multiple afiliación identitaria de los judios brasilenos a principios del siglo XXI

Anita Brumer

Los palestinos en el extremo sur de Brasil: inserción social y negociación de las diferencias culturales

Denise Jardim

Convergencias y desencuentros entre arabes y judíos de Cuba

Maritza Corrales Capestany

Identidades colectivas y esfera pública: judíos y libaneses en Mexico

Judit Bokser Liwerant

Libaneses cristianos, judios y musulmanes en Mexico

Carlos Martinez Assad

Las relaciones entre judios y arabes de Buenos Aires despues del atentado contra la Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina

Beatriz Gurevich

La reconstruccion de la identidad de judios y palestinos en peliculas recientes de Chile y Argentina

Tzvi Tal

La telenovela El clon (Brasil, 2001): dialogos interculturales y sorpresas de la historia


4. Table of Contents: _Israel Studies_ 14:1, Spring 2009 (Mendelsohn)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Only the article relevant to the listserve is included below.]

From:    Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:26:26 -0500

Israel Studies, volume 14, number 1, Spring 2009

Special Volume: Israelis and the Holocaust: Scars Cry Out for Healing

Guest Editor: Tuvia Friling


Tuvia Friling    v


Oriental Jewry and the Holocaust: A Tri-Generational Perspective

Hanna Yablonka     94


5. New Publication: Hasson, _Morada de mis Antepasados_ (Tirocinio)

From:             Tirocinio SL <tirocinio(at)tirocinio(dot)com>

Date:             Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:05:39 +0100

Estimados amigos:

Es para nosotros un placer poder comunicaros la aparición de un nuevo título en nuestra colección Fuente clara. Estudios de Cultura Sefardí , que esperamos será de vuestro interés y agrado.

Nº 13.- Moisés HASSON, _Morada de mis antepasados. Una historia sefardí: De Monastir a Temuco_ (Barcelona, 2009). Presentación a cargo de Ricardo Djaen. 140 págs. (15 x 21 cm.). Ilustr. ISBN 978-84-935671-2-5. Precio 20€.

Moisés Hasson (Temuco, 1959) desciende de los pioneros sefardíes que dejaron atrás sus familias en Monastir (la actual Bitola, en la República de Macedonia) a fines del siglo XIX y hasta bien entrado el XX, para emigrar a Chile y rehacer allí  sus vidas.

En Macedonia, la dominación otomana se mantuvo hasta fines de siglo XIX. A lo largo y ancho de ese vastísimo Imperio Otomano se formaron comunidades sefardíes ya desde los tiempos inmediatamente posteriores a la expulsión de España en 1492. Entre 1880 y  1912, la Macedonia eslava fue objeto de disputa entre Bulgaria y Serbia, quedando bajo soberanía de Serbia en 1912. Así se mantuvo tras concluir la Primera Guerra Mundial, cuando se formó Yugoslavia. En esa convulsa región, las condiciones de vida no eran fáciles  por entonces, y menos para los judíos, considerados para casi todo ciudadanos de segunda.

Chile se convirtía en el sueño dorado de la juventud sefardí macedonia. La Antigua Santiago de Nueva Extremadura había crecido en demasà a, de ahí  que muchos de los nuevos inmigrados eligieran la sureña ciudad de Temuco, recién fundada el  24 de febrero de 1881 y con más expectativas de negocio.

En un entorno privilegiado, arrulladas por el rà o Cautà n y cobijadas por el Cerro Ñielol, crecieron varias generaciones de sefardà es que durante años conservaron sus tradiciones y costumbres ancestrales en la inmensa e inexplorada región de la Araucanà a, al sur del Biobà o, territorio mapuche.

Los sefardíes de Monastir fueron deportados hacia Treblinka el 11 de marzo de 1943. Pero el alma de Monastir sigue latiendo en Chile.

El tránsito del Viejo al Nuevo Mundo y la pujanza de una nueva sociedad judía y sefardí  en el Nuevo Mundo es lo que nos describe el autor a través de las vivencias familiares, en un deber de memoria tan picamente judío: Zajor! (Deuteronomio / Devarim  25.17).

Más información:    <>

Un cordial saludo,

El equipo editorial de Tirocinio

c/ dels Cavallers 56

08034 Barcelona – España

Tel. (34) 93 204 58 72

Fax (34) 93 204 26 20


6. The Last Trains: Untold Stories About Heroic Acts of Turkish Diplomats in France (American Friends of Turkish Jewry)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Thought this event has just passed, readers may wish to contact the url below for more information.]

From: Istanbul University Alumni USA <iumezusa01(at)gmail(dot)com>

Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 09:25:22 -0500

American Friends of Turkish Jewry (AFTJ), Upcoming Event: The Last Trains, February 15th--NYC

On behalf of the Istanbul University Alumni Association (IUMEZUSA) and American Friends of Turkish Jewry (AFTJ), it is our pleasure to invite you to "THE LAST TRAINS" - Untold Stories about heroic acts of Turkish Diplomats in France do their best during War time rescue of Jews during the World War II.

At a time when millions were murdered before the eyes of an indifferent world, there were some men, and at times, some governments, who chose to act not for praise, not for glory, but in the name of simple human decency. War time rescue of Jews by Turkish Diplomats who risked their own lives to save fellow human beings from total destruction. Turkish Diplomats had a choice to make, weather or not to stand by while friends, neighbors, indeed strangers, were seized and were getting ready to be transported to be murdered, or to take action -to shelter, feed, and protect hundreds of people from danger. These people who take action to protect others no matter the danger to themselves and without any obvious rewards for doing so were the rare exceptions. Turkey stands proudly among them.

Our key speaker is Mr. Albert Carel who was an actual passenger on the last train.

Mr. Albert Carel will speak about his experience, during the spring of 1944 on a train crossing Nazi Germany under the protection of the Turkish government.

The Event will be held on February 15th, 2009 at 6:00 pm in Turkish Center,

NYC. RSVP is required.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your reply.

Istanbul University Alumni Association of USA

 Web Site:  / RSVP: contact(at)iumezusa(dot)org

American Friends of Turkish Jewry –AFTJ

 Web Site:


7. Italian Jewish Roots Conference, March 22 (Aiello)

From: Rabbi Barbara Aiello <rabbi(at)rabbibarbara(dot)com>

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 18:52:34 -0500

Italian Jewish Roots Conference

The Second Annual Italian Jewish Roots Conference will be held in NYC on March 22, 2009 at the Brotherhood Synagogue in Gramercy Park. See our website  for information and registration. 


Rabbi Barbara Aiello

director, IjCCC - Italian Jewish Cultural Center of  Calabria and

Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud

Serrastretta, Calabria, ITALIA


Rabbi Barbara Aiello


8. Lecture Series: “Jews, Commerce, and Culture," Centro Primo Levi (Primo Levi Center)

From: "Info Primo Levi" <info(at)primolevicenter(dot)org>

via: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 12:58:07 -0500

Centro Primo Levi with the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania present


Monday, February 9, 2009 at 6 pm

The Economics of Jewish Life in Modern Europe

Derek Penslar | University of Toronto

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 6 pm

The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period

Francesca Trivellato | Yale University

Monday, March 2, 2009 at 6 pm

The Woman’s Economic World in Early Modern Poland-Lithuania

Adam Teller | University of Haifa

Programs are held at the Center for Jewish History - 15 W 16 St. NYC |

With a focus on an aspect of Jewish global civilization that is defined as mercantile, transnational, and reliant upon money as a source of power, this seminar analyzes the economic dimensions of European Jewish history, their material manifestations, and ideological outcome. Overcoming the abiding reluctance to engage the Jews’ historic economic functions, which have long nourished anti-Semitic fantasies, three major scholars take an in-depth look at Jewish banking, trading, and economic thinking and discuss the dynamics that connected Italy, with its strategic geopolitical position, Northern and Central Europe, and the countries of the Mediterranean basin.


9. Conference: Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World, Jewish Theological Seminary, Feb. 22-24 (Nahshon)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Only sessions relevant to the listserve appear below.]

From: edna nahshon <ednahshon(at)jtsa(dot)edu>

via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 17:41:05 -0500

Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World

An International Conference at The Jewish Theological Seminary February

22-24, 2009

Where else but in New York City can you find every conceivable performance style, in venues ranging from the Broadway stage to the smallest black box theater, and a discerning global audience?

As the capital of the theater world, and with questions of interculturality especially relevant in our multicultural and globalized world, The Jewish Theological Seminary, located on upper Broadway in New York City, will play host to *Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World*, a historic three-day conference that will focus on drama, theater, and performance that are of Jewish interest by virtue of their themes, authors, artists, or audiences.

The conference, which is open to the public at no charge, also seeks to chart and understand the intercultural ties between the theater that Jews create for themselves and the wider theatrical culture, as well as the impact of Jewish artists on the theatrical culture of the societies in which they live.

Sixty scholars from Europe, Israel, and the United States will participate in sessions devoted to a wide range of subjects and performance modes, both experimental and canonic. A sampling of sessions include Bible as Theater, Musical Theater, the Yiddish Stage, Theater of Jewish Communities in and of Muslim Countries, Israeli Drama, the American Mainstream, Jews and the German Stage, Experimental Theater, Jews on East European Stages, and Theater and the Holocaust. The conference will also host a number of performances and screenings.

*Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World* is being held February

22-24 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street),

New York City.

The conference is supported by The Jewish Theological Seminary and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

Co-conveners are Dr. Edna Nahshon, associate professor of Hebrew at JTS and a specialist in Jewish theater and performance; Dr. Jeanette R. Malkin, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; and Dr. Peter Marx, associate professor of Theater at the University of Berne, Switzerland.

The conference is open to the public, which may attend all or part of the conference. Admission is free; however, photo ID and reservations are required. For reservations, please call (212) 678-8972 or email Hebrew(at)jtsa(dot)edu.

Conference Program

Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World February 22-24, 2009

Sunday, February 22

9:30-10:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee

10:30-11:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

4:00-5:30 p.m. *Session 2: Theater of Jewish Communities From Muslim


Chair: Carol Martin (New York University)

Brigitte Sion, New York University

Between Zion and France: Theatrical Performances of the Judeo-Spanish Youth

Circle in Cairo (1920-1933)

Yosef Tobi, Haifa University

Jews in the North African Theater in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Sarit Cofman-Simhon, Kibbutzim College of Education

From Community Theater of Protest (in Hebrew), to Professional Light Comedies (in Maghrebi): a Shift in Diasporic Culture in Israel

Tuesday, February 24

9:30-10:00 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments

10:00 a.m.-Noon *Session 6a: Early Israeli Theater*

Chair: Alan Mintz (The Jewish Theological Seminary)

Dorit Yerushalmi, University of Haifa

Ethnicity, Intimacy, and Popular Culture: The Cabaret Women in Tel Aviv


Paola Bertolone, University of Siena

Habima in Italy in 1929 and Paolo Milano's Preparatory Work

Leah Gilula, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A Melting Pot of European Immigrants with a Sprinkle of Sabras: The Case of The Cameri Theater (1945-1953)

For information and registration, please email hebrew(at)jtsa(dot)edu.


10. Call for Papers: Society for Ethnomusicology Panel on Jews and Music in Latin America and the Caribbean (Cohen and Wohl)

From: Judah Cohen (cohenjm(at)indiana(dot)edu) and Lillian Wohl (lwohl(at)uchicago(dot)edu) via: Susan Shapiro <shapiro(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 15:08:25 -0500

Call for Paper Proposals:

Panel on Music and Jewish Life in the Caribbean and Latin-America, Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (Mexico City, November 19-22, 2009).

The Jewish Music Interest Group of the Society for Ethnomusicology invites abstracts (in English, Spanish, or Portuguese) for a panel it intends to sponsor on music and Jewish life/history in the Caribbean and Latin America for the Society's 2009 meeting in Mexico City.  We will entertain all proposals from interested scholars on any aspects of music and Judaism associated with the region.  These topics may include music's relationship to identity, language, politics, migration, movement/dance, religious belief, gender, history, and so on.  We are especially interested in those proposals that engage with and further ethnomusicology's discourses, methods, and/or literatures.

Please submit all inquiries to Judah Cohen (cohenjm(at)indiana(dot)edu). Abstracts (max 250 words) are due to Lillian Wohl (lwohl(at)uchicago(dot)edu) by March 9, 2009; we will try to inform scholars of our decisions by March 12.  Please note that those with proposals accepted into the panel must commit to membership in the Society for Ethnomusicology for 2009 (see, and attendance at the Society's 2009 conference in Mexico City (November 19-22; see  Note also that those whose abstracts are not invited onto the panel will still be able to submit their proposals separately to the Society for Ethnomusicology for general consideration.

Convocatoria para la presentación de trabajos: Un sesión de interés sobre la música y vida judía en el Caribe y América Latina, Reunión Anual de la Sociedad de Etnomusicología (Ciudad de México, 19–22 noviembre 2009).

El Grupo de Interés sobre Música Judía de la Sociedad de Etnomusicología invita resúmenes (en inglés, español o portugués) para un grupo de discusión que tiene la intención de patrocinar temas sobre música, vida e historia judía e América Latina y el Caribe.  Se consideraran  todas propuestas de académicos interesados en cualquier aspecto de la música y el judaísmo asociada con la región en cuestión. Los temas pueden incluir la relación entre la música y la identidad, el idioma, la política, el movimiento y la danza, la creencia religiosa, la historia, la migración, el género, etc.  Estamos particularmente interesados en las propuestas que utilizan y que contribuyen al avance de discursos, métodos y la literatura de la Etnomusicología.

Favor de enviar cualquier pregunta a Judah Cohen (cohenjm(at)indiana(dot)edu). Sumarios (250 palabras máximo) se deben mandar a Lillian Wohl (lwohl(at)uchicago(dot)edu) antes del 9 de marzo de 2009; se intentará informarle de nuestras decisiones cerca del 12 de marzo. Tenga en cuenta que si su propuesta es aceptada debe comprometerse a ser miembro de la Sociedad de Etnomusicología por este año (consulte la página Igual, debe asistir a la conferencia en la Ciudad de Mexico (19-22 noviembre 2009; ver Las personas cuyos resúmenes no sean aceptados para este grupo particular aún podrán presentar sus propuestas para consideración general de la Sociedad de Etnomusicología.

Judah Cohen and Lillian Wohl


11. Call for Proposals: UCLA Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies (Garcia)

From:             "Garcia, Ghia" <ghia(at)humnet(dot)ucla(dot)edu>

Date:             Tue, 3 Feb 2009 10:29:15 -0800

January 21, 2009

From: The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

Re: Maurice Amado Programs in Sephardic Studies Faculty Incentive Grants


The Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies in conjunction with the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to invite applications for Faculty Incentive Grants that will encourage scholars of any rank to deepen or develop their scholarship and teaching on Sephardic history or culture. Grants may be used to develop or transform a course or to

conduct research on or engage in the writing of a scholarly project with significant Sephardic content. Funding will not exceed $5,000 for any single applicant; typical grants will be in the range of $3,000. The work is expected to be conducted by the end of the 2009-2010 academic year; funds may not be used for the purchase of technology. 

Faculty who wish to apply are asked to submit, by March 2, 2009, a cover letter of no more than 750 words detailing the project, its feasibility, and its contribution to the field of Sephardic Studies; a detailed budget;  and contact information for two references.  Questions may be directed to Vivian Holenbeck [cjs(at)humnet(dot)ucla(dot)edu].  Notifications will be made by March 15, 2008.

 Ghia Garcia


12. Call for Papers: Commerce and Religion in Medieval and Early Modern

Times (Trivellato)

From: Francesca Trivellato <francesca(dot)trivellato(at)yale(dot)edu>

via: Dayo Nicole Mitchell <dnm(at)uoregon(dot)edu>

Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 05:31:52 -0800

Call for papers: 

European Social Science History Conference (Ghent, Belgium, 13-16 April


How did merchants belonging to different religious groups conduct trade with one another during the Medieval and Early Modern period? How did different societies accommodate "infidels" in the interest of promoting profitable commercial activity?   We seek papers that focus on specific instances of inter-faith commerce from around the world in the period from 1000 to 1800.   Papers from a variety of perspectives (e.g. economic history, legal history, cultural history) are welcome.  They should be based on original research.

We are particularly eager to receive contributions that approach two inter-related themes:

a)  the emergence of institutions, technologies, and forms of social organization that may have reduced the uncertainty of commercial exchanges, which was particularly acute in the absence of family and religious ties. For example, papers might explore the mechanics of medium- to long-term credit between individuals and groups who shared no religious affiliation and traded over significant distances.  Analyses of failed or coerced inter-faith commercial exchanges are also welcome if they reveal larger patterns of cross-cultural interaction.

b)  the tension between economic pragmatism, legal prescriptions, and religious prejudice.  We are eager to link the mechanics of commercial exchange to their broader cultural implications in a wide variety of contexts and historical moments.  In particular, we want to understand how and whether the quest for profit either encouraged more tolerant attitudes or merely enabled different groups to coexist in the context of religious biases and patterns of segregation.

The ultimate goal of this session is to develop a comparative approach to these questions and to trace changes over time, while respecting the historical particularity of diverse cases.

Please send a paper title and an abstract of no more than 800 words via email to both session organizers no later than 1 April 2009.  Proposals should be written in English.  We are especially keen to review papers that combine empirical research and theoretical reflections.

Francesca Trivellato

Professor of History

Yale University

Email: francesca(dot)trivellato(at)yale(dot)edu


13. Call for Papers: American Academy of Religion unit on religion in pre-modern Europe and the Mediterranean (Freidenreich)

From: "David M. Freidenreich" <dfreiden(at)colby(dot)edu>

via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 09:38:52 -0500

The American Academy of Religion has approved a new program unit devoted to religion in Europe and the Mediterranean World, 500-1650.  This consultation is intended to provide a forum for scholars interested in discussing pre-modern religious life and thought, especially in a comparative  framework. A copy of this year's call for papers follows; the steering committee will also consider proposals for individual papers or prearranged panels on appropriate subjects. The deadline for proposals is March 2; the

AAR will meet in Montreal, Nov. 7-10. For more information, feel free to contact the committee chairs or myself.

All the best,

David Freidenreich (Colby College)


2009 Call for Papers

Religion in Europe and the Mediterranean World, 500-1650 CE Consultation

The proposed topic of this year's session is Monasteries, Madrasahs, and Metivtas - centers of religious learning in Medieval Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. We seek to bring together scholars working on related topics in premodern Judaism, Islam, and Christianity in Europe and the Mediterranean world. For our inaugural session, the steering committee invites proposals that explore medieval Christian, Jewish, and Muslim institutions of learning (including, but not restricted to, questions of funding, topics of study, the student/teacher relationship, and their roles in the dormation of "orthodoxy" in each institution), as well as the forms of knowledge they encourage (e.g., scholastic, mystical, and contemplative thought). Although the proposed papers need not be explicitly comparative, we especially encourage submissions that will elicit discussions of comparison and influence.


Constance Furey (Indiana University, Bloomington)


Martha Newman (University of Texas, Austin)



14. Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, Denver, August 2009 (Kunin)

From: "KUNIN S." <s(dot)d(dot)kunin(at)durham(dot)ac(dot)uk>

via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 10:28:51 -0500


19th Annual Conference

Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies

Denver, Colorado

August 2-4 2009

The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies will be holding its 17th Annual Conference from August 2 through 4, 2009, in Denver, Colorado. We invite papers on crypto-Judaism from any discipline (e.g., anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, music, etc.) and from any geographic location or time period. We also welcome papers on other aspects of the Sephardic experience and other communities whose historical or sociological experience is similar to that of the crypto-Jewish community. All interested scholars and professionals, including advanced graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for papers, presentations or workshops.

Proposals are also especially welcome from individuals with personal stories and genealogical or other research relating to crypto-Judaism.


Proposals may be for individual papers/presentations or for complete sessions on specific topics.  Please indicate if presentation represents completed research, or work in progress. Proposals must include a 200-word abstract and a brief bio. 

Please send proposals or inquiries to

Seth Kunin, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Durham University,

at: s(dot)d(dot)kunin(at)durham(dot)ac(dot)uk.


Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2009


For more information, see the SCJS website at:


Some funding to attend and present in the conference is available for graduate students.  If you wish to apply for these funds please contact Seth Kunin at: s(dot)d(dot)kunin(at)durham(dot)ac(dot)uk.

Seth Kunin


15. Gerard Edery, The Spirit of Sepharad, at Queens Theatre March 7th (Noreen)

From: sandranoreen(at)gmail(dot)com

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:46:50 -0500 (EST)

 The Spirit of Sepharad

Gerard Edery

This is the story of a rich cultural heritage that invites the possibility of coexistence, respect and peace among all peoples.

Sat. Mar 7, 2009 at 8:00pm Queens Theatre, Queens, NY - Claire Shulman Playhouse / Main Stage  

Tickets: ) or call the box office: (718) 760-0064                        

Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly beside the Queens Museum, the Ice Skating Rink and the Unisphere.  


Gerard Edery, Moroccan-born singer and guitarist, winner of the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award

Amir Vahab, Iranian master vocalist of Persian folk and sacred music 

Glen Velez, world-renowned, three-time Grammy Award-winning master drummer and composer   

Ara Dinkjian, foremost Armenian oud virtuoso 

Barbara Martinez, flamenco star dancer, singer and actress

Peninnah Schram, internationally acclaimed storyteller

"...One of the most exciting concerts we've ever seen!"

WBAI-FM, New York

A soul-stirring program, The Spirit of Sepharad traces the unique migration of the Sephardim from medieval Spain, across North Africa, to the Middle East and beyond.  Combining music, dance, narration and illuminating projections, this dynamic mixed-media performance brings to life all the rich cultural strains of the Sephardic Diaspora.  Featuring an array of virtuoso musicians from multiple disciplines, the CARAVAN ensemble traces the surprising and exotic musical synergies between Christians, Arabs and Jews from Medieval Spain to the present. This program includes songs and instrumental music of secular and liturgical origin from Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Greece, Syria, Turkey, Ancient Persia, The Balkans, Israel and Kurdistan (then, as now, part of Iran, Turkey and Iraq).  Tickets $35    Senior $33   Multi-Show $30   Student $20

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Queens Theatre box office at (718) 760-0064 or through the theater website ( )

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