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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List – December 15, 2009

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 (28 Kislev 5770)


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1. Host for Jewish/Civil Calendar Found (Corre)

2. New Publication: _Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, culture, and empire_ (Starr)

3. New Publication: _The Journal of Iberian Studies_ (ASF)

4. Call for Papers: "Jewish Studies on the Low Countries," Antwerp, May 2010 (Hofmeester)

5. Conference: “Jewish Identity in the Turkic World,” Nov. 23, 2009 (Fein)


1. Host for Jewish/Civil Calendar Found (Corre)

From: Alan Corre [corre(at)uwm(dot)edu]

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

Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:39:39 -0500

Some time ago I appealed for help in finding a host for my calendar which has been on the Web for more that a decade, and seemed likely to disappear with the abandonment by my university of the Alpha server on which it was located. I want to thank all those who sent messages of support and suggestions. I followed up all the suggestions, but nothing

materialized. Last week I learned that the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has found a way to keep the calendar on line. I am grateful to them for their efforts. It may be reached by going to the new address of my website, and following the links to the calendar: (note the s on https)

or it may be accessed directly at:  (note the x on wwwx)

The calendar works perfectly on Explorer and Firefox. If you use Opera, you must use 2010CE or 2010AD for the present time instead of +2010, because Opera regards signed and unsigned integers as equivalent, (which IMHO they are not). Lower case letters will also work. The calendar does not work on  Safari. I hope to remedy this.

Alan D. Corre

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


2. New Publication: _Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, culture, and empire_ (Starr)

From: Deborah A. Starr das86(at)cornell(dot)edu

Date: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:47:20 -0500

Deborah Starr, _Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, culture, and empire_ (Routledge, 2009) ISBN: 978-0-415-77511-3

_Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt_ examines the link between cosmopolitanism in Egypt, from the nineteenth century through to the mid-twentieth century, and colonialism. While it has been widely noted that such a relationship exists, the nature and impact of this dynamic is often overlooked. Taking a theoretical, literary and historical approach, the author argues that the notion of the cosmopolitan is inseparable from, and indebted to, its foundation in empire.

Since the late 1970s a number of artistic works have appeared that represent the diversity of ethnic, national, and religious communities present in Egypt in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During this period of direct and indirect European domination, the cosmopolitan society evident in these texts thrived. Through detailed analysis of these texts, which include contemporary novels written in Arabic and Hebrew as well as Egyptian films, the implications of the close relationship between colonialism and cosmopolitanism are explored.

This comparative study of the contemporary literary and cultural revival of interest in Egypt’s cosmopolitan past will be of interest to students of Middle Eastern Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies and Jewish Studies.

Table of Contents:

Introduction; *Part 1:* *Colonial Anxieties and Cosmopolitan Desires* 1.

Literary Alexandria 2. Poetics of Memory: Edwar al-Kharrat 3. Polis and

Cosmos: Ibrahim Abdel Meguid; *Part 2:* *Counterpoint New York* 4. Why

New York?: Youssef Chahine; *Part 3:* *A Mobile Levant* 5. Gazing Across

Sinai 6. A Mediterranean Vigor that Never Wanes: Yitzhaq Gormezano Goren

7. Unmasking Levantine Blindness: Ronit Matalon; Conclusion

Deborah Starr

Associate Professor of Modern Arabic and Hebrew Literature and Film

Department of Near Eastern Studies

Director of the Program of Jewish Studies

Cornell University

415 White Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: (607) 254-6594

Fax: (607) 255-6540

Recently published: Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, Culture,

and Empire (Routledge 2009)


3. New Publication: _The Journal of Iberian Studies_ (ASF)

From: American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House <info(at)americansephardifederation(dot)org>

Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 15:10:05 -0500 (EST)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Although this event has already taken place, readers may be interested in the new journal and participating scholars.]


Medieval Iberia

A one-day multidisciplinary workshop

Friday November 6, 2009

For more information visit: []

Celebrating the publication of the first two issues of the Journal of Medieval Iberian

Studies featuring Ibtissam Bouachrine (Spanish and Portuguese, Smith College)

Susan Boynton (Music, Columbia University)

Georgina Dopico Black (Spanish and Portuguese, New York University)

Simon Doubleday (History, Hofstra University)

Julio Escalona  (History, CSIC/Madrid)

Pablo Pastrana Perez (Spanish, Western Michigan University)

Jonathan Ray (Jewish Studies, Georgetown University)

Jesus Rodriguez Velasco (Spanish, Columbia University)

Ramzi Rouighi (History, University of Southern California)

Sponsored by Hofstra University's Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President

for Academic Affairs, Office of the Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and

Sciences (HCLAS), Hofstra Cultural Center, Department of History, Department of

Romance Languages and Literatures, European Studies Program, Middle Eastern and

Central Asian Studies Program and by the Taylor and Francis Group.

Faculty members, graduate students and advanced undergraduates are warmly invited

to a one-day interdisciplinary research workshop, celebrating the publication of the first two issues of The Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. Our featured speakers - specializing in the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures of the Iberian peninsula and the Maghreb - will guide discussion of recent and future developments in disciplines ranging from archeology to history, music to literature and beyond.

The Journal of Iberian Studies is a new peer-reviewed journal, published by Taylor and Francis, for innovative scholarship on the Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures of the Iberian Peninsula from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries. JMIS emcompasses archaeology, art and architecture, music, philosophy and religious studies, as well as history, codicology, manuscript studies and the multiple Arabic, Latin, Romance and Hebrew linguistic and literary traditions of Iberia. The editors warmly invite all participants in the workshop, and other scholars working in these disciplines, to submit their work for double-blind peer review, or to contact the editors with any questions. Full instructions for authors and a free sample issue are available at the journal's website.

Workshop Director:

Simon Doubleday

Associate Professor of History

Hofstra University

Executive Editor, Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies

Workshop Coordinator:

Deborah Lom

Assistant Director for Conferences and Special Events

Hofstra Cultural Center


4. Call for Papers: "Jewish Studies on the Low Countries," Antwerp, May 2010 (Hofmeester)

From: Karin Hofmeester [kho(at)iisg(dot)nl]

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

Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:52:26 -0500

Call for Papers 3rd Contact Day Jewish Studies on the Low Countries

University of Antwerp, Tuesday 11 May 2010

The Institute of Jewish Studies organizes for the third time an interdisciplinary conference concerning Jewish Studies on the Low Countries at the University of Antwerp. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate contacts between researchers working within this area of study. We especially encourage young researchers to participate in the workshop. We also hope for contributions from more established researchers, in order to establish a positive exchange between different research generations. Presentations may include works in progress. We welcome all themes and disciplines within Jewish Studies concerning the Low Countries. Proposals need not be limited to a specific historical period. Both individual and panel proposals are possible. The conference languages are Dutch and English.

Please submit an abstract of maximally 400 words and a cv by 15 December, 2009

For further information please contact:

Karin Hofmeester: kho(at)iisg(dot)nl

Veerle Vanden Daelen: veerle(dot)vandendaelen(at)ua(dot)ac(dot)be


5. Conference: “Jewish Identity in the Turkic World,” Nov. 23, 2009 (Fein)

From: Jim Fein <paxturcicapress(at)gmail(dot)com>

Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 23:16:16 -0500

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Though this conference has already taken place, readers may wish to contact the presenters for their papers and may be interested in ordering the film.]

*Jewish Identity in the Turkic World*

*When*: November 23, 2009, 1-5 pm

*Where*: Center for Jewish History, 15 West, 16th Street, New York,NY,10011

*What*: Panel discussion, cultural and film presentation, followed by reception

For centuries, the Jewish peoples have lived in Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and other parts of the Turkic world. Their heritage and contemporary presence in the Turkic world will be discussed on November 23rd at a symposium organized by the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA), Assembly of Turkish-American Associations (ATAA), Azerbaijan Society of America (ASA), Azerbaijani American Council (AAC), "Turk of America" magazine, and the Uzbek Initiative in collaboration with Jewish community organizations.

Thousands of Jews migrated to the United States from Turkey during the last years of the Ottoman Empire. Known as "Sephardi Jews", they lived in present-day Turkey since 1492, when Ottoman Turks provided shelter and acceptance to the Jews escaping the Spanish Inquisition.

One of the largest Azeri-speaking communities in New York are the Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan. They settled in Azerbaijan over two millennia ago and tens of thousands of them continue to live in northern parts of Azerbaijan today, enjoying prosperity and acceptance.

The Bukharian Jews of Uzbekistan thrived in this region for 2500 years in an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect. The Bukharian Jewish Congress of the U.S. and Canada will represent this sizable community in New York. Representatives of organizations of the Jewish communities of Turkey and Azerbaijan are participating in the event as well.

The program will feature a screening of "Desperate Hours" by Victoria Barrett, who will be present to talk about the documentary on the role Turkish diplomats played in saving thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.  Barry Habib, producer of the famous Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," and Yildiz Yuksek Blackstone, President of Luca Luca, will speak about their life experiences.

A selection of Stas Shpanin's paintings will also be displayed at the event, as well as copies of critical historical documents from the Ottoman Archives that establish the context of Ottoman-Jewish relations through the centuries.

The program will start at 1pm and continue with a reception at 5pm

Co-sponsors: Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Turkish American Action Committee; Bukharian Jews Congress of the US and Canada, International Charity Fund of  Mountain Jews and Kafkas Jewish Youth Connection

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