Panel: Louis Brandeis and the Transformation of American Zionism (Brandeis , March 1, 2016)

BrandeisLouis Brandeis and the Transformation of American Zionism: 

Vision, Identity and Legacy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall,  Goldfarb Library

Brandeis University
This panel discussion is part of Brandeis University’s semester-long centennial celebration of Justice Brandeis’ nomination and appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The discussion will feature Professors  Jonathan Sarna and Yehudah Mirsky (Brandeis University) and Professor Frances Molina (Wellesley College). Moderated by Brandeis University Interim President, Lisa M. Lynch, with Rabbi David Ellenson and Dr. Rachel Fish (Brandeis University). The event will be live streamed, so join us in person or online.

Opening Remarks:
David Ellenson, Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

Moderator:
Lisa M. Lynch, Interim President of Brandeis University

Roundtable Discussants:
Yehudah Mirsky, Associate Professor of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies
Jonathan D. Sarna ’75 MA ’75, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program
Frances Malino MA ’70, PhD ’71, P’89, Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Wellesley College

Commentator:
Rachel Fish PhD ’13, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

This roundtable conversation will discuss how Louis Brandeis transformed, popularized, and idealized American Zionism in line with his progressive social ideals. Among other things, we expect to look at what was distinctive about Brandeis’s Zionism, how his vision of Zionism was integrated with his understanding of Americanism, and why he believed that Zionism and social justice were intertwined. Attention will also be paid to expressions of American Irish nationalism of the time so that a fuller understanding of the American context that shaped Brandeis’ Zionism can emerge.

The Q&A will incorporate questions from the live audience as well as with an online audience who will be asked to send their questions via email.

Workshop: at Taub Center, on Yigal Allon and Menachem Begin (NYU, Feb 26, 2016)

Taub workshop

2/26/16 – Taub Center Graduate Workshop
10am – 2pm

The Taub Center organizes regular workshops for graduate students and faculty in the field of Israel Studies at NYU and other universities in the tri-state area. The regional workshops are an opportunity for students and faculty to present and discuss their respective areas of research. The workshops also serve as an important forum for networking and strengthening the field of Israel Studies.

  • Ehud Manor, Oranim College (Israel): Writing the Biography of Yigal Allon
  • Avi Shilon, Taub Center for Israel Studies: Menachem Begin: His Life and Ideology

Seminar and Call for Applications: Leffell Seminar on The Impact of Israel on American Jewry

Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation

Call for Applications

How has Israel shaped the culture, religious expression, political and organizational life, and self-understanding of American Jews between 1948 and the present? This subject will be explored at a two-day seminar sponsored by The Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation, August 2-3, 2016 in White Plains, New York. Facilitated by senior academic faculty and leading opinion-makers, the seminar invites applicants from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences. All transportation and lodging expenses will be provided by the Foundation. Seminar presenters will receive a $2,500 stipend for their participation.

Advanced graduate students, early career academics, and thought leaders are invited to submit an application by March 18, 2016, with notification of acceptance to the seminar by April 15, 2016. Applicants should submit a two- page resume that includes personal contact information, education, degrees earned, publications, and names with contact information of two persons who can directly reflect on the candidate’s past performance and future promise. Each applicant must submit an 800 word essay explaining how their scholarly or professional interests intersect with the seminar’s theme. Applications should be sent electronically to Ms. Stacey Popovsky, Executive Director, Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation at spopovsky@leffellfoundation.org. You may also contact Ms. Popovsky with questions at (646) 532-2445. Candidates accepted for participation in the seminar will be asked to write an original 12-15 page paper on a topic related to the seminar’s theme due no later than June 10, 2016. Seminar presenters will be eligible to apply for subsequent research support to expand the scope of their seminar presentations for possible publication.

Lisa and Michael Leffell
Ken Stein, Emory University, Consultant to the Foundation
Jack Wertheimer, Jewish Theological Seminary, Consultant to the Foundation

https://israeled.org/leffell-seminar/

Lecture: Braverman, Israel at a Major Crossroads (Berkeley, Feb 25, 2016)

Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Thursday, February 25
PUBLIC LECTURE
ISRAEL AT A MAJOR CROSSROADS: Challenges and Opportunities
Avishay Braverman
Former President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Knesset Member (2006-2015); Former Senior Economist, World Bank
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Location to be announced

Lecture: Gorodetsky, Soviet Involvement in the Creation of State of Israel (NYU; Feb 25, 2016)

Gorodetsky

“Soviet Involvement in the Creation of the State of Israel: The Secret Diaries of Ivan Maisky, Stalin’s Wartime Ambassador in London”

Prof. Gabriel Gorodetsky

All Souls College, Oxford

2/25/16 – 6pm
5 Washington Place, Room 101

About the Speaker:
Gabriel Gorodetsky is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and emeritus professor of history at Tel Aviv University. In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Russian State University for the Humanities. He was the founder and director of the Cummings Center for Russian Studies at Tel Aviv University. Prof Gorodetsky has been a visiting fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, the Wilson Center, Washington DC, the Rockefeller Bellagio Research Center and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has published widely on Soviet foreign policy in the interwar period and the Second World War. Among his leading publications are The Precarious Truce: Anglo-Soviet Relations, 1924-1927, Stafford Cripps’ Mission to Moscow, 1940-1942, Mif ledolkola published in Moscow in 1995, and Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia, published also in French, German, Russian and Hebrew.

Lecture: Vater, National Alternatives to Zionism (Manchester, Feb 18, 2016)

Israel Studies Research Seminar - Manchester Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester

National Alternatives to Zionism: the case of the Young Hebrews, 1939 – 1976 

Dr Roman Vater (Oxford)
4pm Thu 18 Feb 2016, in A113 Samuel Alexander Building

ABSTRACT: This presentation will explore a particular aspect of a home-grown opposition to Zionism among Hebrew Israelis. With the consolidation of a separate national identity in the pre-state Yishuv (a process whose pinnacle can be dated to the 1930s-1940s), an attitude of denigration and even rejection of Zionism became relatively widespread among the Hebrews. The most radical and articulate ideology that offered a complete national alternative to Zionism in the name of an indigenous Hebrew nationalism was the Young Hebrews’ ideology, popularly known as “Canaanism”. The talk will present the main tenets and principles of Hebrew “Canaanite” nationalism in relation both to Zionism and Arab nationalism. It will explore in particular the historiographic base of “Canaanism”, arguing that divergence in the vision of the past between “Canaanism” and Zionism (as well as Pan-Arabism) is the key element that permits us to perceive the principal incompatibility between Jewish and Hebrew nationalism in the political sphere.

SPEAKER: Roman Vater obtained his PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester in 2015. Previously, he studied Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Tel Aviv University (BA, 2004) and the Jagiellonian University (MA, 2010). His research interests include Hebrew nationalism (especially “Canaanism”), right-wing anti-Zionism, Israeli society and dissident politics and the Israeli-Arab conflict. Publications include: “‘Down with Britain, away with Zionism’: the ‘Canaanites’ and Lohamey Herut Israel between two adversaries” (Melilah, 2013) and “Beyond bi-nationalism? The Young Hebrews versus the ‘Palestinian issue'” (Journal of Political Ideologies, forthcoming).

Further information about the CJS research seminar programme and other Jewish Studies events at the University.

Lecture: Goldscheider, Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Israel (Berkeley, Feb 4, 2016)

Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

 

Thursday, February 4
PUBLIC LECTURE
ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY IN ISRAEL: Changes, Inequality and the Quality of Life
Calvin Goldscheider
Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies & Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brown University
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley

Workshop: ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute For Curriculum Development In Critical Antisemitism Studies (Apply by March 1, 2016)

ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute
For Curriculum Development In Critical Antisemitism Studies
to be held at St Antony’s College, Oxford
starting July 31, 2016

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), a New York-based interdisciplinary research center, is seeking scholars-in-residence for an intensive two-week workshop-based curriculum development program aimed at establishing critical antisemitism studies as a recognized academic discipline.

ISGAP

The program is intended primarily for professors with full-time college or university positions, though exceptional doctoral and post-doctoral students may also be considered.

The workshops will take place at St Antony’s College, Oxford, beginning July 31. Under the guidance of leading international academics, scholars-in-residence will be asked to develop new syllabi and curricula for critical interdisciplinary antisemitism courses that the scholars-in-residence will teach in their home institutions after completing the program.

Full and partial scholarships are available.

 

Workshop: University Teaching of Hebrew Language (Hebrew U; July 10-14, 2016)

Continuing Workshop on University Teaching of Hebrew Language

Jerusalem, July 10-14, 2016 / 4-8 Tammuz 5776

Teaching Hebrew Morphology in the 21st Century

 

Workshop Director: Dr. Tania Notarius, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for this year’s session of the Continuing Workshop on University Teaching of Hebrew Language. The workshop will take place in Jerusalem from Sunday through Thursday, July 10-14, 2016 / 4-8 Tammuz 5776, and will focus on Teaching Hebrew Morphology in the 21st Century.

The International Center’s workshops on University Teaching of Hebrew Language are designed to meet the interests of the professors of Hebrew in universities outside of Israel and to provide theoretical knowledge and practical tools relevant for their teaching. The workshop includes meetings with scholars, lecturers and Hebrew teachers from Israel and abroad, as well as sessions in small groups of colleagues held in an informal setting, aimed to promote fruitful discussion and interchange of ideas.

The workshop is conducted in cooperation with the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction at the Rothberg International School for Overseas Students. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to observe classes conducted by the Division teachers and to hold joint discussions on various issues connected to Hebrew teaching. The workshop program will also include a visit to the Academy Language (the co-organizer of this workshop) and attend lectures and presentations by the Academy staff.  In the varied sessions the workshop participants will also be welcome to present the results of their teaching experience.

Hebrew is known for its rich inflectional morphology (verbal, nominal and pronominal), the acquisition of which is often considered difficult, dull and time-consuming, particularly at the beginners’ levels. This year the workshop on Hebrew teaching at the universities abroad will explore the most updated methods that have the potential to optimize this process for both the teacher and the student, addressing the following questions: Do the Web and the Interactive Technologies propose interesting tools? What can be the role of immersion and communication in acquiring morphological patterns?  How should the challenge of linguistic variationism in Modern Hebrew be addressed – by learning ‘normative’ morphology through the access to classical and literary forms or by adhering to conversational vernacular innovations? All these questions will be treated in their practical aspects with a special consideration of the teaching technologies applied in the classroom.

 

General information:

  • Participation is limited to a small number of university teachers of Hebrew language, chosen from applicants from all over the world.
  • The costs of accommodation, board, and travel to and from Israel are the responsibility of participants or their sponsoring institutions.
  • The fee for participation in the workshop is NIS 1,000.

Interested applicants should submit a CV by e-mail or fax to:

International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Tel: +972-2-5881772; Fax: +972-2-5819096;

E-mail:  jewish.civilization@mail.huji.ac.il

Lecture: Danjoux, Political Cartoons and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Political Cartoons and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

CEREV Exhibition Lab – LB 671.00

1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W

Ilan Danjoux

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies

 

Danjoux

Despite growing analytical interest and explosive international attention, political cartoons remains on the outskirts of serious academic research. The visceral debate and violent reaction to both the Danish Cartoon controversy and the Charlie Hebdo caricatures only underscores the need for cartoon literacy. Using over 1,200 Israeli and Palestinian editorial cartoons published in the weeks preceding the outbreak of the Second Intifada, Dr. Danjoux will examine the cartoon’s relationship with violence and its ability to anticipate outbreak of conflict.

 

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)

Workshop: Summer Institute for Israel Studies (apply by Jan 20, 2016)

Summer Faculty Fellowship
Get the foundation you need to teach about modern Israel:
Apply to the Summer Institute for Israel Studies

June 14-26 at Brandeis University; June 27-July 6 in Israel

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies is a competitive fellowship program open to faculty in all disciplines.
Stipend of up to $2,500. Travel, accommodations and most meals provided.
Apply by January 20, 2016, for the opportunity to:
  • Engage with world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S. in a two-week
    multidisciplinary Brandeis seminar
  • Meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts on a 10-day
    Israel study tour
  • Explore the complexity of Israeli society, politics and culture
  • Create a syllabus and leave equipped to teach an Israel Studies course
    in your discipline
  • Join a network of 250 alumni — teaching at nearly 200 institutions worldwide —
    supported by a wealth of pedagogical resources and ongoing professional
    development
Learn more and apply here.


 

Lecutre: Tzfadia, Israel’s Jewish-Arab City (Rutgers, Dec 3, 2015)

 

Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University

Presents

Erez Tzfadia

Living Together Separately: Israel’s Jewish-Arab City

Thursday, December 3, 2015; 7:30pm

Douglas Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick

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Workshop: Erez on Greek Popular Music; Rosenhek on Israel’s Political Economy (NYU, Dec 4, 2015)

12/4/15 – Taub Center Graduate Workshop

 

10am – 2pm

The Taub Center organizes regular workshops for graduate students and faculty in the field of Israel Studies at NYU and other universities in the tri-state area. The regional workshops are an opportunity for students and faculty to present and discuss their respective areas of research.  The workshops also serve as an important forum for networking and strengthening the field of Israel Studies.

First Floor, 14A Washington Mews

Coffee is served from 10 – 10:30am, and a kosher lunch served at noon.

 

RSVP here.

 

10:30am
Oded Erez
UCLA

Becoming Mediterranean: Greek Popular Music and the Politics of Ethnicity in Israel

Oded Erez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Musicology and the Program in Experimental Critical Theory at UCLA. His current research focuses on the politics of ethnicity, diaspora, and vernacular cosmopolitanism in popular music and film. He has presented his work in wide range of disciplinary contexts, including at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the  Association for Israel Studies. He currently teaches at the Hebrew University’s School of Arts. His paper “The Practice of Quoting Everyday Life: Quotation as Political Praxis in the songs of HaBiluim” will be published in the upcoming issue of Theory and Criticism (Teoria U’vikoret).

 

12:30pm
Ze’ev Rosenhek
The Open University of Israel

The Dynamics of Israel’s Political Economy: Change and Continuity in State-Economy Relations

Zeev Rosenhek is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel. His main research interests lie in the fields of political and economic sociology, with a particular focus on processes of institutional change and continuity in state-economy relations. He has conducted research on the political economy of the welfare state, labor migration, and the politics of institutionalization of the neo-liberal regime in Israel. He is the co-author of The Israeli Central Bank: Political Economy, Global Logics and Local Actors (Routledge, 2011) with Daniel Maman, and has published numerous articles in books and journals. He is currently conducting research on the emergence and dynamics of the institutional field of financial literacy in Israel and its interfaces with transnational knowledge and policy networks.

 

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

 

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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 istudies@bgu.ac.il no later than April 1, 2016. Information on Israel Studies & Guidelines for Contributors:

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/em/email_images/Jrnls/ISR_Guidelines.pdf

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 https://www.nifcan.org/our-events/upcoming

 

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

Visit us at: http://www.azrieli-institute.concordia.ca/

 

CFP: Seeking panelists for AIS on teaching Israel Studies

I’m seeking presenters for a panel entitled “Primary Sources for Teaching Israeli History,” at the upcoming AIS (June 2016). Instructors often look for ways to engage students in topics far removed from daily college life. Using non-traditional primary sources – posters, art, music, cookbooks, songs, film, material artefacts – is an effective way of bringing history to life. Panelists will share an innovative primary source they use in their undergraduate classes. They will explain how they use this source in the classroom and why they find it successful. My field is history, but other fields of Israel Studies are welcome, like anthropology, sociology, film studies, etc.

Please email your ideas to sklein@chapman.edu.

 

Shira Klein, Chapman University.

Lecture: Calderon, From Secular Judaism to Jewish Renewal in Israel

Thurs., November 19th
PUBLIC LECTURE
From Secular Judaism to Jewish Renewal in Israel – A Personal Story and Public Point of View
Ruth Calderon
Talmudic Scholar, Founder of ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture, Former Member of Knesset (2013-2015), Shalom Hartman Faculty Member
 
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
 

Lecture: Becke, Israel Studies in the Arab World (SOAS, London, Nov 18, 2015)

SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies

EVENING LECTURE PROGRAMME

Lecture: “Israel Studies in the Arab World.”

BY
Dr. Johannes Becke (Heidelberg University)

November 18 2015 – 5.30pm
Brunei Gallery, Room B104, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG.

In Western academia, Israel Studies could be differentiated into four main paradigms – Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, settler-colonial studies and postcolonial studies. This lecture discusses the research agenda of exploring an additional paradigm – Israel Studies as enemy studies and post-enemy studies; a literature with a long, yet under-researched tradition in the Arab World. In fact, the small academic field is split into two epistemic communities which rarely interact, often enough for legal reasons prohibiting any formal contact: While Israel Studies in Western academia is struggling with the accusation of ‘hasbara’ (propaganda) studies, in wide parts of Arab academia the discipline was established with the explicit research interest of ‘knowing your enemy’. The lecture provides an overview of the institutions and paradigmatic shifts that characterize Israel Studies in the Arab world – stretching from the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut to the al-Ahram Center in Cairo and from the newly-established Center for Israel Studies in Amman back to the Land of Israel/Palestine, namely the Ramallah-based MADAR, the Palestinian Forum for Israel Studies.

Bio: Johannes Becke serves as assistant professor at the Ben Gurion Chair for Israel and Middle East Studies, Centre for Jewish Studies Heidelberg. After graduating from Freie Universität Berlin with a PhD in Political Science, he received a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford.

 

All Welcome

This event is free and there is no need to book

Convenor: Dr. Yonatan Sagiv (js108@soas.ac.uk)

Lecture: Haider, Israeli Imprisonment of Pakistani Fighters in the PLO, 1971-85

Sabah Haider’s PhD research project investigates alternative histories of the Israeli-Arab conflict, during the 1970s and 80s. Specifically she will explore the use of Pakistani foreign fighters by the PLO to engage in armed conflict with Israel, and will seek to understand the ideological, political and cultural contexts of the participation of Pakistanis in this conflict. She will highlight and ask how and why complex and transnational histories are excluded from dominant Israeli and Palestinian narratives of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Haider