Newsletter: From the Azrieli Institute (+CFP on Balfour Declaration Centennial)

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies is a hub of opportunities on Israel Studies at Concordia University.

Below is information regarding:


  1. 1. Course offered this coming January
  2. 2. The Institute Library
  3. 3. Call for articles: 100 Years since the 1917 Balfour Declaration: A Retrospective
  4. 4. Other related event



1. Course offered this coming January

beattyDr. Aidan Beatty, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow, will be teaching Irish and Jewish Identities: National and International Dimensions at the School of Canadian Irish Studies.



2. The Institute Library

Did you know that the Institute has a mini-library of Israel related books and articles?

Should you wish to do some research in our offices, all you have to do is reply to this email and make an appointment.

We will be happy to help you with your research.


3. Call for articles: 100 Years since the 1917 Balfour Declaration: A Retrospective

The Israel Studies journal invites original articles specifically related to the Balfour Declaration’s architects, protagonists, antagonists, historical, and legal interpretations. Articles are peer-reviewed and should be no longer than 10,000 words including abstract, notes and illustrations. Proposals should be sent to no later than April 1, 2016. Information on Israel Studies & Guidelines for Contributors:

Israel Studies is published three times a year by Indiana University Press for the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Sede-Boker) and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)


4. Other related event

Israeli Movie Night in Montreal: Mussa

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Segal Centre Cinema Space, 5170 Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine

Refugees from Darfur, Mussa and his parents have been living in Tel Aviv’s worst neighborhood for six years. At twelve years old, Mussa doesn’t speak. In a strange stroke of policy, he is bussed to an elite private school every day. Leaving behind addicts and prostitutes each morning, he silently navigates an upscale world, and forges a bond with a teacher who is also a refugee. When a series of unexpected crises hit, Mussa’s precarious place between two disparate worlds is heartbreakingly revealed.

Event is free. Register at


Csaba Nikolenyi

Professor, Department of Political Science

Director, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies

Concordia University

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8

Phone: 514 848 2424 extension 8722 or 2120

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Call for Reviews: Israel Affairs

Scholarly and authoritative, yet straightforward and accessible, Israel Affairs aims to serve as a means of communication between the various communities interested in Israel: academics, policy-makers, practitioners, journalists and the informed public. It is essential reading for anyone anxious for a fresh analysis of a key country in one of the most confounding regions in today’s world.


The book reviews editor currently has the following titles which are available for review. Interested individuals are requested to contact Prof Rusi Jaspal, the book reviews editor, via e-mail  rusi.jaspal[at]cantab[dot]net


  • Aronoff, The political psychology of Israeli prime ministers
  • Bar-On, The Others within us: constructing Jewish Israeli identity
  • Blarel, The evolution of India’s Israel policy
  • Chaitin, Peace-building in Israel and Palestine
  • Coolsaet, Jihadi terrorism and the radicalisation challenge
  • Dalshen, producing spoilers: Peacemaking and the production of enmity in a secular age
  • Gavriely-Nuri, Israeli peace discourse
  • Goldsheider, Israeli society in the 21st century: immigration, inequality and religious conflict
  • Hall, Emotional diplomacy: official emotion on the international stage
  • Jaspal, Antisemitism and anti-Zionism: representation, cognition and everyday talk
  • Karim, Islamic Peril: Media and global violence
  • Lindemann and Levy, Antisemitism: a history
  • Pedahzur, Root causes of suicide terrorism

CFP: Israelis, BGU peridoical (deadline: December 1, 2015)

Israelis is an academic periodical edited by students of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism and the Israel Studies Program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The Periodical is published once a year and serves as a bilingual publishing platform for research on Israel & Zionism in Hebrew and English, by students and research students from Israel and the world. All Israelis papers are published following the customary peer-review process of academic publications. The Israelis editorial board accepts articles based on advanced degree papers or exceptional BA seminars on the subject of Israel and Zionism.

Click here for PDF poster.

Call for Papers: Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs



Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

The thrice-annual Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, published by the Israel Council on Foreign Relations in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress, is happy to accept submissions from lecturers and outstanding graduate students in international relations and related fields.

The journal is looking for unpublished papers (and those not currently under consideration for publication) of up to 4,000 words on topics relating to foreign affairs, both contemporary and historical, with preference given to articles dealing with Israel and the Jewish people.

The journal also seeks book reviews of contemporary literature in the field. The editorial board is happy to consider recommendations for books or provide interested students with a list of titles for which it is seeking reviewers.

For further information, please contact:

Publisher: Ambassador Avi Primor

Chief Editor: Dr. Laurence Weinbaum

Managing Editor: Yvette Shumacher

CFP: Special Issue on Contemporary Israeli Literature, Shofar (2015), deadline: May 1, 2013


CFP: SHOFAR Vol 33, No. 4 (Summer 2015)

Hebrew Literature Now: Special Issue on Contemporary Israeli Literature

Deadline for submissions, 1 May 2013


Hebrew Literature Now is a special issue of Shofar: A Journal of Jewish Studies, exploring the dynamic and diverse Israeli literary scene among a new generation born since the 1970s, who mostly began publishing during the 21st Century. Though much of this writing has had a huge impact on the Israeli reading public; shaped the translation and production industry in the US; and reflects an entirely new kind of discourse taking place in Israeli culture, this writing has received little scholarly attention to date.

Scholarly approaches to this new writing within a generational framework emerge out of ideas discussed at a symposium on ‘Hebrew Literature Now’ at the University of Illinois, March 4-6, 2012. This special volume seeks to expand on these first conversations, and provide a venue for exploring the topic and the new directions that Israeli writing has taken. Areas under consideration include: new approaches to writing the Holocaust; changing uses of the historical novel; the rise of Mizrachi writers within Israel’s mainstream; the popularity of Arab-Israeli writers using Hebrew in their creative work; the presence of the religious community in the literary scene; as well as a dynamic and diverse poetry scene, ranging from literary journals with an agenda to increase the presence of translation and return to previous literary forms to performance poetry and poetry slams, both in mainstream centers and in Israel’s periphery. This volume seeks to explore the understanding of Zionism, the Israeli, and national culture, as it is conceived by today’s young literary generation. Discussion and analysis is sought of the works of writers and poets of new generation such as Alon Hilu, Eshkol Nevo, Almog Behar, Sayed Kashua, Ayman Sikseck, Dori Manor, Anna Hermon, Yehezkel Rahamim, Mati Shemouelof, Amir Gutfeund, Nir Baram, Tahal Ran, Dror Burshtein, Assaf Shur, Dudi Busi, Iris Elia-Cohen and others.

Submissions should be 6,000-8,000 words including endnotes, formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (Humanities Style) and be accompanied by a 100-150 word abstract. Please supply all translations of Hebrew.

For more information, or for submission details, please contact the guest editor of this issue:

Rachel S. Harris

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

CFP: Israelis and Palestinians: Seeking, Building and Acting Peace



Israelis and Palestinians: seeking, building and acting peace

«Quest» n. 5, edited by Marcella Simoni, focuses on Israel and Palestine, placing special emphasis on bottom-up peace- building (rather than top-down peace-making) throughout the 20th century up to the present. In particular, it calls attention to local Israeli, Palestinian and Palestinian Israeli grassroots mobilization geared at building cooperation in society and among intellectuals, at bridging divides in society and politics, and at favouring joint economic development. In brief, this issue of the journal will be built around papers that, in their analysis of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, adopt a historical perspective investigating and underlining communal traits and shared work/cooperation/ coexistence/mutual help between Israelis and Palestinians over those emphasizing their well known territorial, political and existential divides.


As film-maker Julia Bacha has inspiringly suggested – either in public meetings and interviews or in her work – the time has come to try to fill the gap between what is happening on the ground and perceptions and representations abroad; this involves, among other things, also concentrating both on past experiences of cooperation and joint work, or paying attention to the role of non violence and of other means of peaceful resistance against conflict and war in the history of the relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Some works already exists on various aspects of the peace-building experience, more for the Israeli than for the Palestinian side, starting from Bar-On (1996), with some specific researches on "Peace Now" (Hall-Cathala, 1990; Feige, 2002; Hermann 2009), on conscientious objection (Zemliskaya, 2009), on checkpoint monitoring (Keshet, 2006), on peace activism through a gender perspective (Helman and Rapaport, 1997; Pouzol, 2008) and on other aspects of this complex enterprise. Other studies have focused on the international dimension of peace-building focusing on people-to- people programs (Herzog and Hai, 2005), the agenda and influence of foreign donors (Challand, 2009) in a post-Oslo context, when civil society (generally conceptualized as a plethora of NGOs) was entrusted with the task of defusing the conflict through education, health, women’s empowerment, the building of sustainability etc.


Finally, some studies have focused on joint Israeli-Palestinian NGOs and their cooperation, the ones that survived the shockwaves of the Second Intifada (2000-2004) (Simoni, 2007).


These different approaches and different subjects have not yet received the attention they deserve by the media or by the scholarly community, and for this reason too a coherent and articulated discourse conceptualizing fifty and more years of peace- building activities has not fully emerged. And while Bacha has spent a number of years documenting non violent resistance of Palestinians and their cooperation with Israelis in films (Encounter Point, 2006; Budrus, 2009), this issue of «Quest» would like to complement (and add to) some of the already existing literature on the subject (Sufian & Levin, 2007; Marteu, 2009): it aims at proposing a new perspective on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one that tries to deconstruct a historical narrative mainly based on the paradigm of conflict. As Zachary Lockman (2004) has pointed out, such narrative helps a production of knowledge bound to reproduce conflict; in a previous work (1996), Lockman had also argued the case for a relational approach, i.e. writing a history that keeps into consideration how the identity of the parties in conflict necessarily takes shape through the relation (conflicting or otherwise) that they necessarily entertain. And while this does not necessarily imply peace-related activities, peace-building seems a starting point worth exploring.


The Editorial Board of «Quest» is thus seeking papers for a volume on the long history of the constructive relations between Israelis, Palestinians and Palestinian Israelis from the inception of this conflict at the turn of the twentieth century to the present. While the present time of this collective effort will be naturally represented in the volume, «Quest» is a historical journal and papers that deal with the historical aspect of such a cooperation are particularly encouraged.


All subjects will be considered, and the list that follows only presents macro-areas waiting to be filled with more specific contributions: 1) military/civil sphere, conscientious objection; 2) History, memory and trauma; 3) Women and gender activism; 4) Religion and secularism; 5) Media, Communication, high and popular culture. In this section we also welcome papers that provide critical analysis of the role of literature, cinema, music, advertising, art and artists (photography, graphic design, comics, graphic novels etc. in spreading messages against war, conflict and occupation (see for example the works of David Tartakover and Yossi Lemel); 6) Welfare (education and health). Papers that provide new historical evidence deconstructing national narratives of "eternal hatred" between Palestinians and the Yishuv/Israel are welcome as well as papers that discuss biographies of peace-makers/thinkers/ organizers from different times, organizations and approaches (Ury Avnery, Gershon Baskin, Martin Buber, Uri Davis, Yael Dayan, Simha Flapan, Emil Grunzweig, Said Hammami, Adam Keller, Yeheshayahu Leibowitz, Avishai Margalit, Abie Nathan, Sari Nusseibeh, Mattie Peled, Ron Pundak, Issam Sartawi, Hanna Siniora just to mention a few names).


This volume will thus try to raise and address some questions that come together with the history of pacifism, non- violence, conscientious objection, political mobilization, grassroots cooperation etc. both at a theoretical and at a practical level: why has such history disappeared from the historiography of the conflict?

Were minorities such as Mizrahi/Arab Jews or Palestinian Israelis ever intended to play a role in peace-related activities through organizations or as (linguistic and cultural) bridges between peoples in conflict? How does the rule of (Israeli military) law perpetuate the occupation of the West Bank? How does it help placing human rights before security? What are the economic, military, social and ethnic mechanisms of the occupation and does the debate surrounding them help defuse them? Does pacifism interfere with those mechanisms or is it a form of non-violent resistance to them? Does it embody a more radical protest against the State of Israel as an ethnocracy?


Does cooperation – and especially cooperation through NGOs – defuse the economic, individual, collective and political consequences of the occupation or does it normalize it? What is the role of women in constructing a culture of peace or in perpetuating one of that supports conflict and the occupation? Is gender a relevant category in this respect? And finally, is there a role for both the Jewish and the Palestinians Diasporas in peace-building or only in conflict perpetuation?


Given the flexible nature of «Quest» as a web-based scholarly journal, the editor is not only looking for traditional scholarly papers but for other "texts" too, filmed testimonies, collection of drawings, photographs, stickers; on the other hand, it is important to remember that «Quest» is a publication devoted to scholarship and that it will not host propaganda material of any kind, nor will it publish material that could be offensive for religious, political, gender or other reasons. The decision of the Editorial Board of the journal will be final in this respect.


ABSTRACTS – February 29h 2012: addressed to Marcella Simoni (image); in English with a clear indication of sources to be used (oral, written, documentary, visual etc.); length: 400 words; subject line: Quest n. 5 – abstract. Notification of acceptance (or not) will be delivered by the mid-March.

FIRST SUBMISSION OF ESSAYS – July 15th 2012: All essays will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Should a second submission be needed, deadline will be November 30th 2012.

PUBLICATION: expected by January 2013.

CFP: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics is conceived as a reference work that offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present day.

Anyone interested in writing an article should contact Diana Steele, Project Manager, Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics at A pdf of available articles is attached. If you have any questions or would like further information regarding the encyclopedia or a specific article, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Diana Steele