Bulletin: Cyberworlds – Cybersecurity and Social Media








CFP: 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies (Theme: Balfour Centennial)


The Program Committee of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies invites scholars conducting research on any aspect of Israel Studies to submit proposals for organized panels and individual papers. Of particular interest are proposals relating to the conference theme: A Century After Balfour: Vision and Reality.

A century after the Balfour Declaration we wish to revisit the possibilities and ideas reflected in this seminal document in the context of present realities. This centenary provides a lens for scholars to examine topics such as Israel’s attitudes towards imperialism and world powers, Israel in the context of the Middle East, relations between Diaspora Jews and the Zionist movement and the State of Israel, the meaning of a Jewish homeland, the imperative to secure the civil and religious rights of non-Jewish communities, and the role of international institutions in implementing the Declaration. These and other issues invite research and scholarship by the multiple disciplines that constitute the humanities and the social and political sciences.
Deadline for Submission of all proposals: January 15, 2017
  • Panel submissions and individual papers should be submitted using the online submission form.
  • Panel proposals should include information on the panel theme and on each individual paper. Proposals should not exceed 750 words.  We encourage cohesive panel submissions.
  • Individual paper proposals should not exceed 250 words.
  • All presenters will be required to register for the conference and be current AIS members in order to present and be listed on the conference program. Registration can be done directly at the AIS website.
  • Graduate students who have completed their course work are encouraged to submit their proposal and should provide the email of their advisor for approval.
Travel Grants:
  • All travel grant applications should be sent by email to Ilan Ben-Ami, AIS Treasurer, at: treasurer@aisisraelstudies.org
  • Graduate students who wish to apply for travel grants should send a request along with a copy of their proposal and a letter from their advisor.
  • PhD holders without university travel support should send an abstract of the proposed paper and a current CV.
  • The travel grant application deadline is January 15, 2017.
Program Committee
David Ellenson, Chair
Gannit Ankori & Tal Dekel, Visual Arts
Shulamit Reinharz & Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman, Gender Studies
Andre Levy & Judith Goldstein, Anthropology
Bruce Phillips & Sergio Della Pergola, Communal Studies
Arye Naor & Yoram Peri, Communications
Sara Horowitz & Yaron Peleg, Film and Theater
Maoz Azaryahu and Shay Rabineau, Geography
Naomi Sokoloff & Yigal Schwartz, Hebrew Literature
Derek Penslar & Aviva Halamish, History
Uriel Abulof & Yael Aronoff, International Relations
Len Saxe & Jonathan Rynhold, Israel-Diaspora
Suzanne Last Stone & Rifat Azam, Law
Tamara Cofman Wittes & Stuart Cohen, National Security
Ilan Peleg & As’ad Ghanem, Arabs in Israel
Joel Migdal & Ayelet Harel-Shalev, Political Science
Tamir Sorek & Uri Ram, Sociology
Elie Rekhess & Khalil Shikaki, Arab-Israeli Conflict
Chaim Gans & Sara Hirschhorn, Zionism
Aziza Khazoom & Esther Meir-Glitzenstein, Ethnic Identities
Alex Sinclair & Ofra Backenroth, Education
Michal Shaul & Yehudah Mirsky, Religious Studies
Conference Coordinator

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies , Brandeis University, 415 South Street, MS 060, Waltham, MA 01760
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Bulletin: Israeli literature







Conference: Israel and the Media (Brandeis, April 3-4, 2016)

Israel and the Media

A public conference
Sunday, April 3 – Monday, April 4, 2016

Brandeis University

Sunday, April 3rd – Olin-Sang Auditorium

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

3:30 PM End of Program


CFP: 48th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (San Diego, Dec 2016; apply by May 5, 2016)

The Call for Papers for the 48th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies is now available online. The online proposal submission site will be open for submissions beginning March 15, 2016; the deadline for submissions is May 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST.  The conference will take place December 18 – 20, 2016 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California. You will find detailed information about the conference on the AJS website, including a page to share ideas about sessions seeking participants and papers seeking sessions, as well as suggested themes for each subject-area division.

AJS is committed to supporting wide participation in the conference and is offering, for the first time, special reduced registration rates for unemployed and retired members. We are also raising funds for our Conference Travel Grant Program and will post updates about travel grant opportunities in the coming months. If you wish to contribute to the AJS Conference Travel Grant Fund, please click here.

Pending sufficient demand, AJS will arrange for onsite childcare at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, to be provided by a conference childcare company. Please email conference@ajs.cjh.org by May 5, 2016. If you wish to make a donation to the AJS Conference Childcare Fund, please click here.

Please do not hesitate to contact the AJS office (conference@ajs.cjh.org or 917.606.8249) if you have any questions regarding the submission process. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!


CFP: “Promised Lands: Israel-Diaspora Relations and Beyond” Workshop for Young Scholars (Munich, May 23-25, 2016)

The young scholars’ workshop focuses on the relationship between the State of Israel and Jewish communities worldwide. This relationship is often conceptualized in ideologically charged terms. “Diaspora,” the term most frequently used for Jewish communities outside of Israel, describes these relations in terms of “center” and “periphery” and is filled with negative connotations going back to religious traditions of spiritual diminishment and exile. But beyond messianic utopias, the actual state plays a great variety of different roles among Jews and their communities. Since its creation in 1948, Israel has shaped and formed the perceptions and self-perceptions of Jews around the world. What is more, these communities influence and shape Israeli culture, society and politics. Migration in both directions is a key element of these relations as migrants serve as agents of transcultural exchange and considerably help shaping mutual perceptions. These complex and multilayered relations and their representations are at the center of the workshop.

The workshop offers young scholars from Europe in the field of Israel Studies a forum to discuss their work with their peers and senior scholars alike. Scholars on the doctoral and post-doctoral level (within three years after completing their Ph.D.) can expand their networks and help to foster a vivid academic community of Israel Studies in Europe.

The workshop is supported by the Israel Institute and will take place at the Center for Advanced Studies / LMU Munich, Mai 23-25, 2016 under the direction of Michael Brenner (LMU Munich), Daniel Mahla (LMU Munich) and Johannes Becke (Center for Jewish Studies Heidelberg). Featured speakers include Derek Penslar (Oxford/Toronto) and Michael Berkowitz (UCL London).

To apply please send in an abstract of up to 300 words about the proposed paper and a CV until January 18, 2016 to: daniel.mahla@lrz.uni-muenchen.de.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

– Political, economic and social relations between the State of Israel and Jewish communities worldwide

– Israeli emigration and its representation

– The concept of Jewish Diaspora and its changes after 1948

– The meanings and significance of the concept of a “dispersed people” for Jews and Israel

– The roles of exile and home in Jewish weltanschauung

– The influence of the state on Jewish-Gentile relations outside of Israel

– The impact of the establishment of a Jewish state on world Jewry

– The relationship between global and local in Jewish history

-Comparative perspectives on diaspora nationalism and Homeland-Diaspora relations

– Israeli Arab/Palestinian conceptions of “Diaspora”

– Palestinian emigration and its representation

– Non-Jewish diaspora communities in Israel (e.g. Armenians)

– Jewish and non-Jewish migration into Israel


CFP: Jewish Law Association: Impact of Technology, Science and Knowledge on Jewish Law and Ethics (abstracts by Jan 15, 2016)

Call for Papers
The 19th International Conference of the Jewish Law Association
Impact of Technology, Science and Knowledge on Jewish Law and Ethics
Tel Aviv University, Israel 11-13 July, 2016

Though the interaction between Jewish law, technology, and science is not novel, in recent centuries this interaction has intensified. Jewish law has been challenged, developed, and transformed under the sway of new developments in the fields of bio- and nano-technology and computer science and new research in the fields of digital and communication studies, the social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology) and the humanities (e.g. philology, archeology). These developments pose new challenges for regulating behavior and for law in general. (For example, the growth of knowledge raises questions regarding the current nature of knowledge and authority, and transforms the nature of the legal corpus and of rabbinic authority.)

The conference committee invites scholars from all disciplines to submit proposals. We also invite proposals from practitioners (including rabbis, doctors, scientists and technology experts). We will give preference to proposals that deal with innovative technologies and to proposals that apply novel theoretical perspectives, and comparative perspectives (both to state law and to other religions). Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

 Post-humanism: Jewish law on bionic body parts, synthetic biology, technologically mediated sensations (cameras, loud speakers, virtual reality), and futuristic science.

 Identity: the effect of biology and virtual reality.

 Science education: the effects of evolutionism, archeology, Biblical studies, etc.

 Autonomy: free will vs. determinism in light of neuroscience and artificial intelligence.

 Social media and virtual/new communities, novel forms of communication and texts.

 Information Technologies: the effect of information retrieval systems etc.

Questions and fields can be combined. For example, one may ask whether causality in Jewish Law (grama and grami in religious law, torts and criminal law) has changed due to conceptual changes in physics, technological developments and/or new research in the social sciences.

The committee will consider full-panel proposals for thematic sessions. Please summarize the session’s rationale, the proposals of the participants, and information about the organizer.

Off-topic proposals will be considered too and their presentation will be integrated in the conference program.

Proposals, including a short CV, should be up to one page.
Send to JLAconference2016@gmail.com, by January 15st, 2016.

Decisions by Feb. 15th, 2016.

The organizing committee: Arye Edrei & Shai Wozner (TAU), Shai Lavi (Safra Center, TAU), Tehilla Beeri-Alon (Sha’arei Mishpat Academic Center), Amos Israel (Bar Ilan, JLA)


Conference: Reinventing Israel. Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century (American U, Washington, Oct 28-29, 2015)


For full program [PDF], click here.

Please Join The Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program next week for our Reinventing Israel conference!
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.   


Conference: Yitzhak Rabin: Twenty Years After (YU Center for Israel Studies, New York, Nov 1, 2015)

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    The YU Center for Israel Studies proudly invites you to an academic conference commemorating:
    Yitzhak Rabin: Twenty Years After

    Sunday November 1, 2015, 10:00-4:00, 
    Weissberg Commons, Yeshiva University, 
    500 West 185th St, New York.
    10:00.  Greetings:
    President Richard Joel, Yeshiva University
     Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York,
    Mrs. Dalia Rabin, Chair, Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv.
    10:30-12:00.  Session 1:  From the Yeshiva  
    Rabbi Yosef Blau (YU), 
    Rabbi Shalom Carmy (YU),
    Rabbi Ozer Glickman (YU)
    12-1:00 Lunch Break
    1:00-4:00  Session 2:  From the University
    Dr. Selma Botman (YU),
    Dr. Robert O. Freedman (Johns Hopkins) 
    Dr. Akiva Covitz (YU), 
    Dr. Margaret Olin (Yale)
    Kel Maleh Rahamim, Rabbi Ozer Glickman
    This event is co-sponsored by:
    The Consulate General of Israel in New York 
    The Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv.

CFP: NAPH 2016 (Brown U, June 21-23)

naph The 2016 NAPH Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture will be held at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island on June 21-23, 2016.

Members who are interested in organizing thematic panels, a seminar, or a colloquium and/or in presenting an individual paper or conducting a workshop are now invited to submit their proposals to the Conference Committee.

The deadline for submitting proposals for organized panels or individual papers is December 15, 2015.

For a description of the conference and submission instructions in English, click HERE or visit our website http://naphhebrew.org and navigate to the “Upcoming Conference” page; for a description and instructions in Hebrew click HERE.

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University was founded in 1764 and is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Providence is a compact, thriving American capital city that neatly cross-stiches the fabric of New England history with a vibrant dining palate and edgy arts, music and cultural scenes. It is about 50 miles from Boston (1 hour by car, train and bus), and about 180 miles from NYC (about 3 ½ hours by car, train and bus).



Events: Jewish Review of Books, Conversations on Jewish Future (Oct 18, 2015)




Conference: Etgar Keret and the Fate of Israeli Culture (Chicago, 14-15 October, 2015)


Etgar Keret conference


Conference: A Tribute to Sami Michael (Northwestern, October 7-9, 2015)

Northwestern University and Ben-Gurion University of the
Negev present:



Conference Program: 12th Int’l Conf on Jewish Names (BIU, March 18, 2015)

Bar-Ilan Univeristy
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

The Public is Welcome!