Confession and Testimony As Repertoires of Contention in Conflict Zones
Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Room: Hörsaal 21
RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)
Confession and testimony are central repertoires of contention in the disclosure of “ugly pasts.” Solidarity movements mobilize testimony to diffuse human rights violations condoned and supported by their own societies. Less attention has been paid to the deployment of testimony and confession by anti-denial movements, movements that demand that the members of their own societies acknowledge the “problematic present” in situations of ongoing ethno-national conflict, and take responsibility for it and action against it.
This session invites research that engage in the analysis of confession and testimony in contemporary conflicts by members of the perpetrator nation amongst them:
Are these repertoires gendered and how?
What are the groups that engage in testimony and confession?
How states and civil societies in perpetrator nations react to anti-denial movements?
Anti-denial movements and national identity.
Sara HELMAN, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Monday, April 4th – Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Keynote speaker Ethan Bronner, senior editor at Bloomberg News and former Jerusalem bureau chief at The New York Times, will deliver the inaugural Ilan Troen Lecture on Contemporary Israel Affairs. The program includes a roundtable discussion with leading journalists and panels on “The Changing Landscape of the Media,” “Israeli Media and Portrayal of the Conflict,” and “Coverage of Israel by Jewish Newspapers.” Click here for Program and registration.
Cosponsored by the Israel Institute.
SUNDAY APRIL 3: Olin-Sang Auditorium, Mandel Quad
3:00 PM Coffee
3:30 PM Welcome Lisa M. Lynch, Interim President, Brandeis University
3:35 PM Introduction and Inauguration of the Ilan Troen Lecture on Contemporary Israel Affairs David Ellenson, director of the Schusterman Center and visiting professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
3:40 PM The Ilan Troen Lecture on Contemporary Israel Affairs
Inaugural Speaker: Ethan Bronner, senior editor at Bloomberg News and former Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times
5:00 PM Coffee Break
5:15 PM Roundtable discussion: Israel and the Media Ethan Bronner, senior editor at Bloomberg News Jodi Rudoren, deputy international editor, The New York Times Jeff Jacoby, Op-Ed columnist, The Boston Globe
6:45 PM End of Sunday’s program
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016: Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Changing Landscape of the Media Joshua Benton, director, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University Aliza Landes, Captain (Reserve), IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, and a dual MBA/MPA student at Harvard and MIT Universities Anne Herzberg, legal advisor to the NGO Monitor
10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:45 AM Israeli Media and Portrayal of the Conflict Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, founding director, Wasatia Academic Graduate Institute, Jerusalem; Visiting Weston Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Yoram Peri, Jack Kay Professor of Israel Studies and director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland Shlomi Eldar, columnist for Al-Monitor’s “The Pulse of the Middle East” and research fellow at the Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University Menahem Milson, professor emeritus of Arabic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and co-founder and academic adviser of MEMRI
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Coverage of Israel by Jewish Newspapers Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of the Forward Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of The Jewish Week of New York Rob Eshman, publisher and editor-in-chief, Tribe Media Corporation – producer of The Jewish Journal and Jewish Insider Liel Leibovitz, senior writer for Tablet Magazine and co-host of the podcast Unorthodox
3:00 PM Conference Conclusion Rachel Fish, associate director of the Schusterman Center
Several Palestinian villages are sites for weekly non-violent protests which are regularly visited by both Israeli activist and foreign tourists/activists. While these protests are intended to be non-violent, military actions, such as arrest, tear gas, rubber coated bullets and live ammunition are commonplace. Based on ethnographic research, this paper investigates the perception Israeli solidarity activists hold about foreign protesters. Some Israelis see them as justice tourists who could potentially play an important part in achieving justice and respect for human rights in Palestine. Others however, take a more cynical view and regard them as conflict-zone or dark tourists, who are fascinated with danger, and participate in the protests for indulging in a thrill. More specifically, I examine the emotional interactions between the Israeli and foreign activists and look at the ways in which specific emotions such as suspicion, anger or care towards the foreigners play out in an already tense and emotionally loaded space. Considering emotions and affects experienced and performed during the protests facilitates a more critical understanding of danger-zone and justice tourism and advocates the emotional turn in tourism studies. In addition, I also offer a so far missing academic critic about the seeming virtues and effectiveness of justice tourism by investigating the ways in which peace-building and tourism are interconnected. The major originality of this paper is attempt for a cross-fertilization between studies on conflict and peace, emotions, social movements and tourism.
Please Join The Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program next week for our Reinventing Israel conference! FREE WITH RSVP (by session).
Featured presentations include: “From BG to Bibi: The End of an Era in Israel-Diaspora Relations?” by David Ellenson Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 PM
Keynote address to kick off “Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century” conference. Ellenson is director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University and Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Location: SIS Building Abramson Family Founders Room. (Free parking in SIS Building garage) “Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century” conference featuring international scholars and AU faculty Thursday, October 29, all-day
Sessions featuring History and Memory, Economy and Hi-Tech, Politics and Law, Religion and Ethnicity. Location: Butler Board Room (Floor 6 of Butler Pavilion). Pre-paid parking by kiosk (on level P-1 by elevator – note parking space number) in Katzen Arts Center or SIS Building Garage (free after 5:00 PM). Imagining Israel in 2035 – Different Visions Thursday, October 29 7:30 PM
With Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa) Mohammed Wattad (Zefat College, UC Irvine) James Loeffler (University of Virginia) Moderator: Michael Brenner (AU). Location: Butler Board Room. Free parking after 5:00 PM in all university parking garages.
The humanities between Germany and Israel. Historical Perspectives
This is the opening event of the research project “German-Israeli Research Cooperation in the Humanities (1970-2000),” which focuses on studying this cooperation in the field of German Literature and History. The project is a joint initiative of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute with the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, and the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt.
The participants are scholars in the fields of History, German Literature and the History of Science. Their research lies at the interface between the German and Israeli scientific communities.
The aim of the colloquium is to discuss major questions of the research project: why and how were German literature and language as well as history made part of the Israeli university curriculum? Did the cooperation between the two countries, which has gathered pace since the 1970’s, exert an influence on the disciplines and their canon in both countries?
What were the political implications of the German-Israeli cooperation, and were there also political consequences? The link between politics and academia is one of the questions to be addressed. Moreover, methodological questions of transfer of knowledge and migration of knowledge will be discussed.
The colloquium will take place on November 1-2, 2015 at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 43 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem
Our fall has started out with some great Israel events! If you missed The U.S.-Israel Relationship with Michael Oren and Tamara Wittes on September 30 you may watch the video here . Please join us at one of our upcoming programs below.
Etgar Keret: The Seven Good Years: A Memoir Sunday, October 18, 7:00-9:00 PM Part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. Co-sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies. Location: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. To purchase tickets and for more information:https://litfest.squarespace.com/keret-etgar
Screening of Anywhere Else and discussion on the Israeli community in Berlin Monday, October 19, 6:00 PM Free with RSVP here:http://www.american.edu/cas/israelstudies/rsvp/rsvp2.cfm Anywhere Else(85 minutes, in German, Hebrew, English and Yiddish, with subtitles) is an indie film about an Israeli (Noa, age 33) living in Berlin, who returns to her homeland for a visit. With warmth and humor, director Ester Amrami, herself an Israeli in Berlin, illuminates the meaning behind language, homeland and the need for belonging. Panel discussion and reception following the film with panelists Stefan Buchwald (Director German Information Center USA, German Embassy), Ilan Sztulman (Head of Public Diplomacy, Israeli Embassy) and Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies. Co-sponsored by the Embassies of Germany and Israel. Open to public. Location: AU School of International Service (SIS) Building Abramson Family Founders Room. Learn more
Summer Practicum Research Report on Water and Peacebuilding in the Middle East Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 PM Free with rsvp here: http://www.american.edu/cas/israelstudies/rsvp/rsvp4.cfm. For their capstone research requirement, a team of SIS graduate students assessed the peacebuilding effectiveness of wastewater recycling projects undertaken jointly by Israeli and Palestinian non-governmental organizations. They will present their research on a panel with the AU faculty who accompanied them, Dr. Eric Abitbol and Dr. Ken Conca, as well as Dr. Clive Lipchin, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, one of their research partners on the ground. Co-sponsored by School of International Service (SIS) and CIS.
“From BG to Bibi: The End of an Era in Israel-Diaspora Relations?” by David Ellenson Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 PM Keynote address to kick off “Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century” conference. Ellenson is director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University and Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Location: SIS Building Abramson Family Founders Room. (Free parking in SIS Building garage) Co-sponsored by CIS and Jewish Studies Program. Click to rsvp andlink to conference program
“Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century” conference featuring international scholars and AU faculty Thursday, October 29, all-day Open to the public. Location: Butler Board Room (Floor 6 of Butler Pavilion). Pre-aid parking by kiosk in Katzen Arts Center or SIS Building Garage (free after 5:00 PM).Click herefor the full program schedule and to sign up by session. Co-sponsored by CIS and Jewish Studies Program.
Imagining Israel in 2035 – Different Visions Thursday, October 29 7:30 PM With Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa) Mohammed Wattad (Zefat College, UC Irvine) James Loeffler (University of Virginia) Moderator: Michael Brenner (AU). Location: Butler Board Room. Free parking after 5:00 PM in all university parking garages. Link to campus map: http://www.american.edu/aumaps/upload/campus_map.pdf. Click to rsvp and forlink to full conference program
This presentation focuses on the challenges and opportunities of maternal and child health research among Indigenous Arab Bedouin mothers in Israel.
Bedouins are Israeli citizens who have been living in the south for many decades. They are Israel’s most economically deprived minority and have poor health status. Bedouin infants have higher morbidity and mortality rates compared to their counterparts.
We conducted this study in 2007-2008 to better understand maternal experiences of infant care while drawing on social-ecological approaches to raise Bedouin mothers’ voices and inform policy and interventions.
Multiple factors embedded in Bedouins’ political and historical context complicate research, mainly land disputes with Israeli governments, changes in societal socioeconomic structure from monadic to semi-urban, and socio-cultural transitions including family structure and gender relations. Israeli governments do not recognize Bedouins as an indigenous minority, 40% of them live in legally unrecognized villages with houses that are continually threatened with demolition. These villages lack basic infrastructure including water, electricity, primary care clinics and social services. Conducting research among Bedouins requires building trust and recognizing their health and human rights while understanding their complex political, historical, and social contexts. Building on local knowledge is crucial and requires outstanding research methods. Other issues include attaining ethics approval, maintaining confidentiality, and overcoming language barriers as mothers lack basic reading and writing skills. Funding opportunities and scholarly publication requires additional effort and time. Recognizing these challenges might provide an opportunity for more advanced research among Bedouins and other indigenous populations.
Background: Israel recently implemented mental healthcare system policy reform, with uncertain impact on utilization among subgroups. The most traditionally religious segments of Israeli society, including both Jews and Muslims, have distinctive attitudes, behaviors and demographics, all of which can impact mental healthcare usage and the reform’s success. Prior research found some underutilization among the most religious Israelis despite universal health insurance , for reasons such as stigma, yet the topic has been understudied.
Research Questions: 1) To what extent do Haredi/ultraorthodox Jews and traditional Arab Muslims in Israel seek and/or receive mental healthcare 2) Do results vary by key subgroups including religion and socioeconomic status? 3)What interventions can potentially be developed to increase use of needed mental health services among religious groups?
Methodology/Results: A random-sample survey of health utilization among all Israelis conducted in 2013 was analyzed. Outcomes included Mental healthcare utilization measures and attitudinal measures related to potential barriers. Religious group was categorized by self-report. Univariate and bivariate analyses were performed using health, religious, and socioeconomic factors. Chi-square statistics were produced. Over 2000 Israelis were surveyed including 275 Haredi/ultraorthodox Jews and 225 traditional Muslims. Variations were found by some but not all religious and socioeconomic subgroups. In addition, key informant interviews with religious, community and medical leaders were conducted and faith-based intervention opportunities identified
Conclusions: Culturally-sensitive interventions can potentially be developed to increase appropriate mental health care utilization for religious Israelis. This issue is particularly timely after mental health reform when opportunities to change relevant attitudes and behaviors exist.
Background: Healthcare workers (HCW) willingness to report to work (WTR) during a disaster is essential to implementing an efficient response. A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying this matter may contribute to reduced absenteeism in future disasters. Assessing preparedness and WTR in an earthquake scenario, in different social contexts and preparedness approaches (Canada and Israel) may shed light on the complexity of these issues.
Objectives: 1) To assess knowledge, perceptions, attitudes and WTR of HCW in Canada and Israel concerning earthquakes and 2) To evaluate the relationship between these factors and WTR.
Methods: A validated questionnaire including questions about demographic characteristics, knowledge, perceptions, attitudes and WTR in an earthquake scenario was distributed in two tertiary care hospitals located in risk regions, to a random sample of 131 Israeli and 381 Canadian HCW.
Results: Knowledge, perceptions of efficacy, as well as WTR were generally higher among Israeli HCWs. ‘Concern for family’s well-being’ and ‘professional commitment to care’ were reported by the largest proportion of HCW as factors that might influence WTR. Significant predictors of WTR amongst both Israeli and Canadian HCW were the belief that ‘colleagues will also report to work’ and ‘professional commitment’.
Conclusions: Significant differences were found in levels of knowledge, perceptions, attitudes and WTR in an earthquake scenario between Israeli and Canadian HCW. Social and professional solidarity seems to be cross-cultural factors that mitigate other potential barriers to WTR. This may help formulate new methods of improving hospital personnel preparedness to future events.
Background: The growing worldwide trend of chronic disease harms not only the public’s health but increases costs. Public health and other community nurses can play important roles in its prevention and control. These nurses can play vital roles in advancing national health system objectives. However, despite this there has been inadequate comparative study of community nurses’ role in preventing and controlling chronic disease.
Objectives: 1)What roles do public health and other community nurses play for chronic disease prevention and control? 2)What trends and related challenges exist for these nurses in terms of chronic disease prevention and control? 3)How do these nurses’ roles, trends and challenges vary across Israel, the U.S., and the U.K and what lessons can be learned?
Methodology: Key informant interviews and a comprehensive literature review were performed and themes related to the objectives analyzed. An average of 10 interviews was performed among nursing leaders and/or academic experts in each of the three countries.
Key Findings/Conclusions: The role of nurses in non-hospital settings has grown rapidly; further growth is expected to occur, with variations by type of nurse. They have a multiplicity of roles and can reach a wide variety of groups. There are important implications for reducing health disparities as nurses can play important roles in monitoring social determinants. While there is much overlap, important differences exist between community nurses in different settings; countries can learn from each other’s successes and challenges although contextual differences such as cultural, institutional, and policy and differences need to be understood.
The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please email ISCP@yu.eduwith your name, affiliation, and contact information.
Constitutional Conflicts and the Judicial Role in Comparative Perspective
This conference will explore the Israeli Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on complex and challenging questions facing open and multi-cultural societies everywhere. Because these issues are salient in, but by no means peculiar to, Israel, a comparative perspective will enrich our understanding of how such issues are, and might be, dealt with in other democratic societies.
Panels will address the general question of the value and challenges of comparative legal study, differing conceptions of the role of the judiciary and doctrines of justiciability, and substantive areas of current controversy, including the role of the courts in overseeing national security and intelligence gathering; immigration, asylum, and treatment and status of refugees; and religion in the modern nation-state.
The Israeli Supreme Court Project at Cardozo
This conference marks the launch of the Israeli Supreme Court Project at Cardozo Law (ISCP). Intended to both inform and engage constitutional scholars, lawyers, and judges in democracies around the world, the ISCP is a center of study and discussion of the decisions of the Israeli Supreme Court, one of the great judicial bodies of the world and a court at the forefront of dealing with issues at the core of what it means to be a democratic society.
The central undertaking of the ISCP is the translation into English and dissemination of key opinions of the Israeli Supreme Court. In this, the Project is continuing, and will expand on, two decades of work and over 200 translations by the Friends of the Library of the Supreme Court of Israel. Translated opinions, other relevant material about the Court, and more information about the ISCP can all be found on the Project’s website, VERSA, at versa.cardozo.yu.edu.
This conference, as well as the other work of the ISCP, are made possible by essential support from the David Berg Foundation, which is gratefully acknowledged.
2:30-3 p.m. Registration and Coffee3-3:15 p.m. Welcoming Remarks
This panel will consider the value and challenges of comparative legal study. Why should scholars and judges in one country care what their counterparts elsewhere are up to? Is it ever possible for outsiders to understand the details, cultural meanings, and historical underpinnings of a foreign legal system? What are the settings, issues, or circumstances that make for a successful comparative work?
8:30-9 a.m. Registration and Coffee 9-10:30 a.m. The Role of the Judiciary in Comparative Perspective
The Israeli Supreme Court hears over 10,000 cases a year, has a large mandatory docket, for many of its most important cases is the court of first instance rather than a court of appeal, and has only limited threshold “justiciability” doctrines (such as standing requirements or the bar on political questions). In these features it is utterly different from its U.S. counterpart. This panel will consider such structural characteristics, then turn to their broader implications regarding the role of the judiciary in governance and in society, including the question of whether a Supreme Court leads or follows civil society, whether it is an educational institution, and the sources of its legitimacy.
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Judicial Oversight of National Security and Intelligence Gathering
Effective national security and intelligence gathering are generally understood to depend on secrecy, dispatch, and subterfuge. These characteristics would seem to leave little room for judicial oversight, which assumes transparency, forthrightness, and deliberate pacing. On the other hand, there is a very real danger of abuse without some sort of oversight and legal restraint. This panel will consider how national security issues differ (if at all) from other issues that come before the courts and what exactly the judicial role should be in overseeing national security agencies.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch (Lunch will be provided for all attendees.)
1:30-3 p.m. Immigration, Asylum, and the Treatment and Status of Refugees
Of the Israeli Supreme Court’s recent decisions, one of the most important, divided, and divisive have concerned the detention of asylum seekers. Issues surrounding immigration and citizenship are hugely important, and hugely contested, in Israel and elsewhere. This panel will examine the ISC’s decisions in this area and consider what lessons can be drawn, positive or negative, for Israel and for the rest of the world.
3:15-4:45 p.m. Religion in the Modern Nation-State
Israel’s Basic Laws designate it as “both Jewish and democratic.” The Supreme Court, and many commentators, have struggled to reconcile these two fundamental commitments. Is it possible to construct a constitutional identity that privileges Jewish culture, history, and religion while remaining essentially democratic? The answer to that question has ramifications for religious liberties in many settings as well as minority rights in general.
For those who wish to purchase additional kosher meals (other than the Banquet), they may be pre-purchased and delivered to the Holiday Inn every day during the conference. The meals will be double wrapped in a to-go box and delivered to the Holiday Inn. (They cannot be delivered to the Fogelman Convention Center as they will charge a costly delivery fee per order.) Double wrapped plastic cutlery will be also be provided.
Panels on Israeli Literature and Culture
Day 1 (June 22, Monday)
Session 1: 9:00-10:45
1.1 Literature: Literature and Politics
Batya Shimony, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
כבר לא קזבלן – ייצוגי החייל המזרחי בספרות העברית
Rima Shikhmanter, Tel Aviv University
הפנייה ימינה: הימין הפוליטי ברומן ההיסטורי הישראלי לילדים ולנוער
Tzipora Kedar, Zefat Academic College
“מרובעים” של דה-האן: פוליטיקאי מול משורר?
1.3 Pedagogy: Teaching the Hebrew Textual Tradition across Cultures
Organizer: Or Rogovin, Bucknell University
Or Rogovin, Bucknell University
The Hebrew Bible in Israeli and American Culture
Naomi Sokoloff, University of Washington
“Modern Poetry, Traditional Prayers: Teaching Jewish and Islamic
Edna Lauden, Tel Aviv University
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love…”: One story, Two
Session 2 11:15-1:00
2.1 Literature: Female Master Poets: Yocheved Bat Miriam and Dalia Hertz
Organizer: Ruth Kartun-Blum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ruth Kartun-Blum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
בת-מרים: משוררת למשוררים
Uzi Shavit, Tel Aviv University
עמי והם: התגובה השירית של שלונסקי ובת-מרים למלחמת העולם השנייה
והשואה בזמן אמת
Anat Weisman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
דליה הרץ – משוררת לעצמה?
2.2 Literature: Studies in Modern Jewish Thought and Classical Hebrew
Yoav Ronel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
מלאך ההיסטוריה של ברדיצ’בסקי: תשוקה וכתיבה ברומן “מרים”
Laura Wiseman, York University
התרוצצות בין הקדרות: המתח בין הצמחונות לבין התשוקה לבשר ברומן
שירה מאת ש”י עגנון
Mark Kaplowitz, University of Memphis
Hermann Cohen, The Last Maskil
2.4 Pedagogy: On Teaching Hebrew in Israel and Around the World
Nataliia Bakulina, National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine,
Institute of Pedagogy, Kiev, Ukraine
הערכת הישגים לימודיים בעברית כשפה נוספת בבתי ספר יסודיים באוקרינה
Paul Overland & Jennifer Noonan, Ashland Theological Seminary; Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary
Assets of Communicative Language Teaching for an Oral-Based Culture: a Field Report
Rachel Rosner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; The David Yellin Academic College of Education
בחינת מונחים ועניינים בתכניות להוראת כתיבה במוסדות החינוך בישראל בראי תאוריות פילוסופיות
Session 3 2:30-4:15
3.1 Literature: The Displaced, the Detached, and the Hebrew Canon
Aviv Ben-Or, Brandeis University
The Arab-Jew as Displaced Intellectual in Shimon Ballas’ Fiction
Nancy Berg, Washington University in St. Louis
The Canon, the Academy, and shelilat hagolah
Ronit Gez, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
הגרסה הנשית לנארטיב התלוש בטרילוגיה – ‘בחינות’, ‘שוקולד’, ‘קיצו של זיו סנדר’ מאת דבורה בארון
Session 4 4:30-6:15
4.1 Literature: New Views of Time in Hebrew Literature
Organizer: Roy Greenwald, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Roy Greenwald, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
קול בלי בעלים: על משחק המבוכים בשירתה של יונה וולך
Hanna Soker-Schwager, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
“הכול כאן מולחם וחותך”– הצזורה בשירת חדווה הרכבי
Vered Shemtov & Elena Gomel, Stanford University; Tel Aviv University
Limbotopia: Being Stuck in the Continuous Present in Hebrew Literature
4.2 Literature: Hebrew Drama: Theory and Practice
Olga Levitan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
זיכרון כמופע: שולחן על פי אידה פינק – יצירתה של נעמי יואלי
Israel Hameiri, University of Haifa; Oranim College
העיבוד הדרמתי, תיאוריה ופרקטיקה: ‘אכזר מכל המלך’ ו’בגדי המלך’ מאת נסים אלוני
Day 2 (June 23, Tuesday)
Session 5: 8:30-10:15
5.1 Literature: Studies in Works by Leah Goldberg, Avot Yeshuron, Erez Biton, and Haviva Pedaya
Sara Meyer, Haifa University
יסודות ארספואטיים בספרי הילדים של לאה גולדברג
Chaya Shacham, Haifa University
“זְמַנִי חָרוּט בְשִירַי”: גלגולם של חומרי מציאות מן היומן אל השיר ביצירת לאה גולדברג
Lilach Lachman, Haifa University
‘Revealment’ and Blindness in Hebrew Poetry: Avot Yeshurun, Erez Biton and Haviva Pedaya
5.2 Language: Language, Stylistics, Translation, and Rhetoric
Aharon Gaimani, Bar-Ilan University
לשון וסגנון באיגרות בשורת הפטירה כמנהג תימן
Mohammed Alghbban, King Saud University
Literary Translation Activity between Hebrew and Arabic
Adel Shakour, Al-Qasemi Academy
מאפיינים רטוריים בשיח הפוליטי של מנהיגים ערבים במדינת ישראל
Session 6 10:45-12:30
6.1 Literature: Archeology of a Future: Treasures from Hebrew Literary
Chair and respondent: Giddon Ticotsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Raquel Stepak, Tel Aviv University
שירי יהודה עמיחי מתקופת הצבא הבריטי בהקשר לכלל יצירתו הספרותית
Maayan Gelbard-Aziza, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
הדרך שלא נבחרה: מה מספרים המחזות הגנוזים של תרצה אתר?
6.2 Literature: Politics and Ethics
Amit Assis, McGill University
ס. יזהר: פואטיקה, פוליטיקה ושמירת הטבע
Renana Keydar, Stanford University
מיתוס הרב קוליות – על המתח שבין סיפור סיפורים ועשיית צדק במשפט אייכמן
Ari Ofengenden, Brandeis University
Globalization and Biodisaster in Contemporary Literature 2000-2015
6.3 Pedagogy: Language and Thought, Language and Culture
Esther Raizen, University of Texas at Austin
מקומן של מיומנויות חשיבה מסדר גבוה בכיתות הלשון
Arielle Friedman, Oranim Academic College of Education
כלי לניתוח סמיוטי של השפה הקולנועית: ניתוח הסרט הישראלי “שש פעמים” במסגרת חינוכית
Miri Talmon, Tel Aviv University
“Films from Here”: Discourses of Locality in Modern Israeli Culture
Session 7: 2:00-4:00
7.1 Literature: Home and Homelessness in Modern Hebrew Literature
Iris Milner, Tel Aviv University
קריאת התיגר על הבית ב”והיה העקוב למישור” לעגנון
Hannah Naveh, Tel Aviv University
ביתה של עקרת הבית: נשים בבית בסיפורי “משפחה” של דבורה בארון
Michael Gluzman, Tel Aviv University
חוסר-בית, נדודים, בריחה: גנסין בארץ ישראל
Uri Cohen, Tel Aviv University
ביותו של הכוח הזר: שכול וכישלון ומגילת אסתר כמודל מגדרי פוליטי
7.2 Literature: Hebrew Press and Hebrew Culture
Orly Tsarfaty, Academic College of Emek Yezreel
המאבק על הזיכרון: השיח על השואה בעיתון החרדי “משפחה” – כמרחב לכינון זהות תרבותית נבדלת
Michal Meishar, Bar-Ilan University
כתב העת ‘גזית’ כמעצב תרבות
Moshe Pelli, University of Central Florida
דרכי עריכה וסגנון של יהושע השל שור – החלוץ
Gideon Kouts, University of Paris – 8
מלחמה ושלום בעיתון “הלבנון”
8.1 Literature: Studies in Modern Hebrew Fiction: Nathan Shaham, Tsruya
Shalev, and A.B. Yehoshua
Ayala Amir, Bar-Ilan University, The Open University of Israel
הפרטים כפי שנצטלמו אז: מרחב, מראות וזיכרון ב”שבעה מהם” וב”הם יגיעו מחר” מאת נתן שחם
Yigal Schwartz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
סיפור ההתקבלות ואמנות הסיפור של צרויה שלו
Gilead Morahg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
הגרושה המשחררת: ישן וחדש ב’’ניצבת’’ של א’’ב יהושע
8.2 Language: Early Modern Hebrew
Eran Buchaltzev, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
נברא במילים – ועד הלשון העברית ככוהני השפה הלאומית
Doly Levi, Levinsky College of Education
עיון לשוני סגנוני בפיליטון “בטלנות” של אלחנן לייב לוינסקי
Keren Mock, Ecole Normale Supérieure/ Sorbonne Paris Cité
הערך המילוני “מצפון”: מקורותיו בספרייתו של אליעזר בן-יהודה
8.3 Pedagogy: Israel in Short Films: Integrating Film into the Hebrew
Isaac Zablocki, Director of the Israel Film Center at JCC Manhattan
This session will feature three Award Winning Short films and conversations coming out of Israel’s blossoming film industry followed by a demonstration of how films can be best integrated into the classroom.
Day 3 (June 24, Wednesday)
Session 9: 8:30-10:30
9.1 Literature: Studies in Current Hebrew Fiction; Part I: Leah Aini’s Works
Irit Ronen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
הפואטיקה של לאה איני: שבירת הז’אנר
Ofra Matzov-Cohen, Ariel University
מעשה הנתינה ל’אחר’ ומשמעויותיו על פי הרומן ורד הלבנון מאת לאה איני
Talila Kosh-Zohar, Kibbuzim College of Education, Technology and Arts
חריגות והתנגדות: ייצוגי גוף בנובלה “בת המקום” של לאה איני
Session 10: 10:45-12:30
10.1 Literature: Studies in Current Hebrew Fiction; Part II Shimon Adaf and Merav Nakar-Sadi’s Works
Rina Baroukh, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
“החיתוך של האור מבעד רצף הזמן”: על האור ביצירתו בפרוזה של שמעון אדף
Hadas Shabat Nadir, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
חידת האחים המתים וגילויה של תורת סוד גנוזה ממרוקו בטרילוגיה “ורד יהודה” לשמעון אדף
Nurit Buchweitz, Beit-Berl University
NIMBY, or Multicultural Inclusion in Merav Nakar-Sadi’s Oxana
10.2 Language: Proper Names, Language in Advertising
Shlomit Landman, Achva Academic College
שמות פרטיים דו-מיניים עבור יילודים במגזר היהודי במדינת ישראל
Bat-Zion Yemini, Levinsky College and Talpiot College
השמות הפרטיים המקראיים והמודרניים– בבואה של מערכות שונות של זמן-אספקט-מודוס
Irit Zeevi, Oranim Academic College of Education and Emek Yezreel Academic College & Lee Cahaner, Oranim Academic College
שפת הפרסומת החרדית לנדל”ן כמייצגת את תפיסת המקום
Session 11: 2:00-3:45
11.1 Literature: Jewish Traditions and Modern Hebrew Literature
Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen, Stern College of Yeshiva University
The Faculty of Jewish Studies
The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Judaism
The Project for the Study of Jewish Names
The Twelfth International Conference on Jewish Names Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Feldman Hall, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
The conference was organized in cooperation with the Dahan Center and aided by a grant from the office of the vice president for research, Bar-Ilan University.
Session F: 15:45-17:45: Names in Modern Hebrew Literature and Linguistics:
Chair: Prof. Aaron Demsky, Head of the Project for the Study of Jewish Names, Bar-Ilan University
Greetings: Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, President, Bar-Ilan University
Prof. Elie Assis, Dean, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University
Prof. Yaron Harel, Head of the Department of Jewish History and the Dahan Center, Bar-Ilan University
Erez Biton, Poet, Bialik Prize Laureate for 2015: Names in My Literary Ouvrage (Heb)
Ofra Matzov-Cohen, Ariel University: Names and their Contribution to the Text: A Comparative Study of the Novel Ahavah Shel Saltanat (Saltanat’s Love) and the Biography Zion Ezri, Beoz Ubehahavat Zion (With Courage and the Love of Zion) (Heb)
Ziva Feldman, Ariel University: The Poetics of Hanoch Levin and the Names of the Characters in his Works (Heb)
Tsvi Sadan, Bar-Ilan University: Toward the Onomastic Lexicography of Modern Hebrew (Heb)
Session G: 18:00-19:30: Names in the Land and State of Israel:
Chair: Dr. Dotan Arad, Bar-Ilan University
Shlomit Landman, Achva Academic College: The Cultural Perspective of Given Names in Israel, Based on Qualitative Interviews with Parents (Heb)
Sapir Omer Osias, Bar-Ilan University: Hebraization of Names in the Yishuv Period from the Second Half of the 19th Century: Perception, Progression and Effects (Heb)
Matanya Weynberger, Ariel University: The Hebraization of Family Names: Knesset Discussions from the 1950s (Heb)
Adel Shakour, Al-Qasemi Academy: Giving Children Hebrew Names in Druze Society in Israel (Heb)
The organizing committee: A. Demsky, Y. Levin, B. Kotlerman, I. Breier, T. Sadan
We, at the Israeli-American Council (IAC) would like to extend an invitation to join us for our 7th Annual Gala on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
The mission of the IAC is powerful: to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens our next generations, the American Jewish community, and the State of Israel. And we cannot fulfill our mission without your support.
Together we have learned, experienced and accomplished so much along the way, however our journey as a community has just begun and we have much work to do. Your participation and contributions are the cornerstones of our organization.
Israel Studies events at the annual conference of MESA, Washington, DC, November 22-25. For full program click here (PDF).
AIS–Association for Israel Studies Reception
Reception, 8:30-10:30pm, McKinley (M)
(3681) Settler-Colonialism and the Study of Zionism: Erasure, Transfer and Assimilation
Sunday, November 23, 11am-1pm
Organized by Arnon Degani
Sponsored by Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
Chair: Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA
Discussant: Lorenzo Veracini, Swinburne Inst for Social Research
Susan Slyomovics, UCLA–“The Object of Memory” and Settler Colonialism Studies 16 Years Later
Honaida Ghanim, Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies–Judaization and De-Indigenization: Settler-Colonialism in East Jerusalem
Areej Sabbagh-Khoury, Mada Al-Carmel–The Zionist Left and Settler-Colonialism in Marj Ibn ‘Amer: Land, Population and Property
Arnon Degani, UCLA–Non-Statist and Bi-Nationalist Zionism as Settler-Colonial Agendas
(3756) Rule of Experts?: Revolutions, Doctrines, and Interventions in the Middle East
Sunday, November 23, 2m-4pm
Organized by Osamah Khalil
Seth Anziska, Columbia University–Israel, the United States and the 1982 War in Lebanon
(3925) World War One and Its Aftermath
Sunday, November 23, 2m-4pm
Chair: Weston F Cook, Jr, UNC Pembroke
Roberto Mazza, Western Illinois U–Cemal Pasha, Zionism and the Alleged Expulsion of the Jews from Jaffa in April 1917
(3792) Israel Studies in the Arab World
Sunday, November 23, 4:30m-6:30pm
Organized by Johannes Becke
Discussant: Elie Podeh, Hebrew U of Jersusalem
Hassan A. Barari, U Jordan–Israelism: Arab Scholarship on Israel, a Critical Assessment
Mostafa Hussein, Brandeis U–Israel Studies in the Arab World Between Two Dictums: ‘Whosoever Learns People’s Language Avoids Their Plot’ and ‘Know Your Enemy’
Johannes Becke, U Oxford–Hebrew in Beirut: Studying Israel in the Last Arab Frontline State
Hebatalla Taha, U Oxford–The Politics of ‘Normalisation’: The Israeli Academic Centre in Cairo
Amr Yossef, American U Cairo–Egyptian Israelists: The View from Israel
(3886) Social Media, the Digital Archive, and Scholarly Futures
Sunday, November 23, 4:30m-6:30pm
Organized by Ted Swedenburg
Chair/Discussant: Elliott Colla, Georgetown U
Rebecca L. Stein, Duke U–The Perpetrator’s Archive: Israel’s Occupation on YouTube
(4006) Special Session
Abandoned Yet Central: Gaza and the Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Sunday, November 23, 4:30m-6:30pm
Organized by Sara Roy
Chair: Sara Roy, Harvard University
Chris Gunness, UNRWA, Office of the Commissioner General, Jerusalem
Paul Aaron, Political Analyst and Consultant, Gaza Community Mental Health Program
Bill Corcoran, American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)
Ilana Feldman, George Washington University
Brian Barber, University of Tennessee
Susan Akram, Boston University School of Law
This session will present an overview of the past summer’s violent clashes between Israeli and Hamas forces and the ensuing destruction in Gaza. Representatives from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) will provide an “on-the-ground” analysis of the destruction and human toll of the 50-day war. Scholars will further place the recent violence in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and examine the prerequisites for a sustainable resolution of the conflict.
(3737) Religious Inclusivity and Civilizational Identity: Expanding Iranian Identities Along Religious, Ethnic, and Gender Lines
Monday, November 24, 8:30am-10:30am
Organized by Lior Sternfeld
Chair/Discussant: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, U Toronto
Lior Sternfeld, U Texas Austin–Iran is My Homeland, Jerusalem is My Qiblah: Iranian Jews Between Zionist and Iranian Identities
(3643) Israel, the United States and a Changing Middle East
Monday, November 24, 11am-1pm
Organized by Robert O. Freedman
Sponsored by Association for Israel Studies
Chair/Discussant: Robert O. Freedman, Johns Hopkins U
Eyal Zisser, Tel Aviv U–Israel and the Arab World – Who’s First – Syria, Egypt or Lebanon?
Ilan Peleg, Lafayette Col–Israel, Netanyahu & the Palestinians: Is the Third Term the Charm?!
Rami Ginat, Bar Ilan U–The Israeli-Egyptian-American Strategic Triangle: A Reassessment in Light of the Arab Uprising
Joshua Teitelbaum, Bar-Ilan U–Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council: New Opportunities for Cooperation?
Uzi Rabi, Tel Aviv U–Iran and Israel: Post 2013 Elections
(3697) Bridging the Rupture of 1948: The “Decolonization” and Erasure of Mandate Palestine
Monday, November 24, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Organized by Jeffrey D. Reger and Leena Dallasheh
Sponsored by Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
Chair: Zachary Lockman, New York U
Discussant: Shira Robinson, George Washington U
Jeffrey D. Reger, Georgetown U–Uprooting Palestine: Olive Groves, Mass Dispossession, and Peasant Resistance, 1945-1955
Hilary Falb Kalisman, UC Berkeley–Learning Exile: Palestinian Students and Educators Abroad, 1940-1958
Leena Dallasheh, Rice U–Defying the Rupture, Affirming Presence: Palestinians in Nazareth Surviving 1948
Rephael Stern, Princeton U–Israel’s Postcolonial Predicament and Its Contradicting Jurisdictional Claims in 1948
(3917) Perilous Peacemaking: Israeli-Palestinian Relations Since Oslo
Monday, November 24, 5pm-7pm
Chair: Timothy Schorn, U South Dakota
Elie Podeh, Hebrew U Jerusalem–Missed Opportunities in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Case of the Arab Peace Initiative (2002-2014)
Maia Carter Hallward, Kennesaw State U–Choosing to Negotiate Under Sub-Optimal Conditions: The 2013 Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Gabriele Mombelli, U Florence–The Palestinian National Authority Security Sector: An Operational Overview
Karam Dana, U Washington–Twenty Years after Oslo: What Do Palestinians Think?
Andrew Barwig, Department of State–“New Blood” in Israel’s Knesset: Elite Circulation and Parliamentary Resilience
(3867) Urbanism and the Politics of the Mandate Period, Local versus Imperial Interests
Tuesday, November 25, 11am-1pm
Organized by Harrison Guthorn
Chair: Elizabeth F. Thompson, U Virginia
Noah Hysler Rubin, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design–Planning Palestine: British and Zionist Plans for Tiberius and Nathanya
(3893) Public Opinion in the Middle East
Tuesday, November 25, 11am-1pm
Organized by Yael Zeira
Devorah Manekin, Arizona State U–Carrots and Sticks: Policy Instruments and Public Opinion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
(3919) Palestinian Resistance: Spaces and Standpoints
Tuesday, November 25, 11am-1pm
Chair: Timothy Schorn, U South Dakota
Timothy Seidel, American U–Narrating Nonviolence: Postcolonial Interrogations of Resistance in Palestine
Maya Rosenfeld, Hebrew U Jerusalem–The Movement of Palestinian Political Prisoners and the Struggle Against the Israeli Occupation: A Historical Perspective
Sharri Plonski, SOAS U London–Transcending Bounded Space: The Struggle for Land and Space by the Palestinian Citizens of Israel
Julie Norman, McGill U–Prisoners Dilemma?: Prison-Based Resistance and the Diffusion of Activism in Palestine
Maryam Griffin, UC Santa Barbara–Movement as/and Non-Movement in Palestine
(3949) Transnational Cultural Production
Tuesday, November 25, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Chair: Zeynep Seviner, U Washington
Isra Ali, Rutgers, State U of New Jersey–Adaptation: Cultural Alliances and Television Production in Israel and the United States
Robert Lang, U Hartford–Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir: Whose Trauma?
This all day conference examines the separation of state and religion in Israel, looks into the treatment and the internal structure of non-Jews in the Jewish state, and asks about Jewish religious pluralism and Orthodox dominance. Leading experts from Israel, Europe, and the United States will speak on these questions, drawing upon their own scholarship, teaching, and variant experiences at several different institutions. A complete conference program is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lc_F_g00uhs58ZayyBfJudXkF2rhiWUVoLuanaIa7Mg/edit?usp=sharing Location: SIS Building Abramson Family Founders Room. Pre-paid parking is available in the School for International Service garage and Katzen Arts Center garage (campus map here).
“Israel at the Crossroads of Democracy, Nationalism and Religion”- Free lecture at American University
Monday, October 13, 7:00 PM “German Restitutions to Israel: Transitional Justice and Public Debate” lecture by Professor Norbert Frei (University of Jena, Germany) with response by AU Professor Richard Breitman. Co-sponsored by American University Center for Israel Studies, Jewish Studies Program and Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Location: American University’s Mary Graydon Center Room 5. RSVP: http://www.american.edu/cas/israelstudies/rsvp Tuesday, October 28, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM “How Jewish Is the Jewish State? Religion and Society in Israel” academic conference with 15 international scholars. Co-sponsored by AU Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program. Location: SIS Building Abramson Family Founders Room. Click here for program. RSVP: http://www.american.edu/cas/israelstudies/rsvp