Greenberg, Lev. “Sociology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” – Fall 2015 Syllabus.
Jadhav, Priyanka Sharad S. GIS based application tool — Israel Palestine Conflict, MS Thesis. San Diego: San Diego State University, 2015.
The objective of the thesis is to develop a GIS based application tool that gives insight into the ongoing controversial Palestine-Israel Conflict. The tool showcases the complete history of the conflict right from World War II through today. It also showcases the other conflicts in the Middle East, which involved Israel and Palestine.
Information about the rulers is provided and how the initial boundaries were chosen. The user can click on the important points on the Israel map. As the user clicks on the map points, Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) pages will be displayed which will have information about the key events during the conflict along with some more information about the ruler and their ruling period. Information about their contribution will also be described. The programming language used to develop this tool is JAVA. Different features to this tool are added using MOJO (Map Objects Java Objects), which is developed by ESRI (Environmental Science Research Institute). The map is also developed using MOJO.
The tool will also include a few customized features for the user to understand the Palestine-Israel conflict in an easy way. Customized features like pictures, videos will be added to the tool to make the tool more interesting and informing. This tool will help people to know more about the ongoing highly controversial Palestine-Israel conflict.
Plans for The Corpus of Spoken Israeli Hebrew (CoSIH) started to take shape in 1998. CoSIH aimed at compiling a large database of recordings of spoken Israeli Hebrew in order to facilitate research in a range of disciplines. A corpus is a preliminary desideratum for larger projects that cannot otherwise be accomplished. The research potential of such a corpus is extremely large, including, inter alia, applications in the following areas: general and theoretical linguistics, Hebrew language and linguistics, applied linguistics, language engineering, education, and cultural and sociological studies.
CoSIH was designed with the intention to include a representative sample of both demographically and contextually defined varieties. The model according to which CoSIH would be compiled was to consist of a thousand sets of recordings (“cells”) with 5000 words each, i.e., a corpus of five million words. We have taken a culture-dependent approach for the compilation of CoSIH. CoSIH aspires to bridge between the infinite number of varieties used by the Israeli Hebrew speech community and their representation in the corpus, by characterizing their diversity in both demographic and contextual terms. CoSIH seems to be a first and singular attempt to establish a representative corpus using the axes of both demographic and contextual variables, based on statistical and analytic criteria.
The selection of informants for the recordings of CoSIH would be made by a random sample of the Israeli population, in order to reflect the social structure of the Israeli Hebrew speech community. The segmentation of the corpus for analytic purposes would be done using well-defined criteria, notwithstanding the fact that all sociolinguistic data of the recorded informants will be made available for CoSIH’s endusers. The working hypothesis of CoSIH is based on demographic criteria that seem to be most significant for the representation of the linguistic diversity in Israel: (1) place of birth, familial land of origin, ethnic group or religion; (2) age; (3) education; and (4) sex.1
For the analysis of the contextual variables for each discourse, CoSIH’s working hypothesis is based on five variables. There are three primary variables: interpersonal relationships, discourse structure and discourse topic; and two secondary variables: number of participants and medium (i.e. face-to-face conversation and telephone conversation).
A comprehensive study of the demographic and circumstantial variables in Hebrew discourse in Israel remains a desideratum. Therefore, in order to design a proper model for CoSIH, the setting of the corpus would be done in phases, during which a research program would be taken in order to verifty the wortking hypothesis suggested above.
This model was first published online, in both Hebrew and English. The English version eventually found its place in Hary & Izre’el 2003. A more sophisticated model has been published in English in Izre’el, Hary & Rahav 2001.
CoSIH was initiated, designed and operated by a team of Israeli and international scholars:
Core team: Shlomo Izre’el, Tel-Aviv University (director); Benjamin Hary, Emory University (principal investigator); John Du Bois, University of California at Santa arbara (corpus analyst); Mira Ariel, Tel-Aviv University (discourse analysis and pragmatics); Giora Rahav, Tel-Aviv University (statistics and sociology). Esther Borochovsky-Bar Aba, Tel Aviv University (syntax) joined the team at a later stage.
Advisory board: Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Tel Aviv University (sociolinguistics – sociological aspects); Yaakov Bentolila, Ben Gurion University (sociolinguistics – linguistic aspects); Otto Jastrow, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (transcription, phonology, dialectology); Shmuel Bolozky, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (phonology, morphology); Geoffrey Khan, Cambridge University (syntax); Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University (language education).
The Present State of CoSIH
As of 2012, this ambitious project still awaits its realization. The limited financial support that was at our disposal enabled us to compile two sets of recordings, the first of which was made during the initial preparatory phase, while the second was done as a pilot study. The initial preparatory phase produced 11 recordings spanning at least 6 hours each, with some being much longer. Although we initially designed a pilot of 20 sets of 3-hour recordings, we have eventually ended up with 42 sets, each including between 8 to 16 hours of uninterrupted recording of everyday speech. Taken together, we now possess 6 to 18 hour recordings by 53 volunteers, which we believe to be a reasonable source of data for the study of Spoken Hebrew. The recordings, which were all made between August 2000 and October 2002, are all real life conversations of CoSIH’s informants. As such, they naturally include both the speech of the volunteers who recorded them and their interlocutors.
Click here for Hebrew version:
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- Documentary Film Festival
- Professional Training Courses for European Librarians and Archivists
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- Engage with world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S. in a two-week
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Founded in 2006 by the late Dr. David Kimche, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs is the flagship publication of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR), which is an independent and non-partisan body that operates under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress. Through the publication of its interdisciplinary journal, the ICFR aspires to stimulate high-level analysis and debate of international affairs, particularly, though not exclusively, regarding Israel, the Middle East and Jewish affairs.
Three-week fellowship preparing faculty in any discipline to teach about Israel.
The 2015 program opens with an intensive seminar at Brandeis from Monday, June 15 – Monday, June 29, followed by a study tour of Israel from Tuesday, June 30 – Thursday, July 9, 2015. Stipend of up to $2500, travel, accommodations and meals are included.
Supporting doctoral students whose research focuses on Israel. Candidates must be accepted in Brandeis University graduate school programs of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, History, Politics, Literature, Sociology or Middle East Studies. Full and partial fellowships of up to $24,000 are renewable, after review, for up to five years.
Supporting post-doctoral research in Israel Studies. Fellows teach one course per semester, give one or more public lectures and actively participate in the intellectual life of the Schusterman Center. Stipend of $52,500 plus research fund.
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A program of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, the Summer Institute (SIIS) helps college & university professors design new courses on Israel. Over 200 faculty members from 180 universities worldwide have participated in SIIS since its inception in 2004. Faculty from the social sciences and humanities are invited to apply. Applications due by January 21, 2014.
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SIIS Fellowships include:
• Multidisciplinary seminars taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S. exploring Israeli society, politics, culture, economics, diplomacy & more (Two weeks)
• Israel study tour with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts (Nine days)
• Travel, accommodations, and most meals at Brandeis and in Israel
• Stipend of up to $2,500 for full course or $1,500 for Brandeis seminar only
• Access to vast Israel Studies resources online and in Brandeis University library
• Annual workshops and year-round webinars
• Membership in an active, international community of Israel scholars with opportunities for networking and professional collaboration
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After 9/11, numerous colleges and universities added terrorism and homeland security courses to their curricula. Many professors and graduate students who taught these courses complained of having insufficient access to the top practitioners or the latest research in the field. In response, FDD created the Academic Fellowship program for university professors entitled “Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism.”
The program features an intensive, 10-day course on terrorism and the threat it poses to democratic societies. Using Israel as a case study, professors are given access to top researchers and officials who provide cutting-edge information about the terrorist threats to democracies worldwide. The goal of the program is to offer information to teaching professionals about the latest trends in terrorists’ ideologies, motives, and operations, and how democracies can fight them.
The course of study occurs both in the classroom at Tel Aviv University and in the field with lectures by academics, diplomats, military and intelligence officials, and politicians from Israel, Jordan, India and the United States. It also features visits to military bases, border zones and other security installations to learn the practical side of deterring terrorist attacks.
This year’s program runs June 15 – 26, 2013 (travel inclusive). All expenses are paid by FDD.
Deadline for applications is April 5, 2013.
Eligible professors must:
Have a full-time affiliation with a U.S. or Canadian university;
Serve in a teaching capacity, preferably in the fields of international affairs, history, law, political science or criminal justice;
Have an ongoing involvement in student activities.
Accepted professors must be willing to:
Fully participate in the 10-day program in Israel; and
Assist in the recruitment of future candidates for the Academic Fellowship Program.
Interested individuals may send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine a road trip in Israel…for college credit. Tiyul B’Aretz is reinventing study abroad in Israel by giving students an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom walls. On Tiyul B’Aretz there is no campus, no classrooms, no dorms or dining halls. This is learning on the road. Students spend the semester traveling to different regions and living in various communities, gaining a more hands-on and intimate experience of Israel than they ever could on a traditional study abroad program. On Tiyul B’Aretz, we’re taking the classroom on the road, using the land and people of Israel as our educational resources and guides. One of our main goals is to create opportunities for students to see for themselves the relationship between the different religious, ethnic and social communities in Israel.
Tiyul B’Aretz is fully accredited by Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a MASA-sponsored program. We will be launching in Spring 2013. For more details, visit our website at: www.tiyulbaretz.org.
The University of Maryland’s Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, in conjunction with the Joseph Gildenhorn Institute of Israel Studies, announce a new Master of Arts with an Israel Studies Concentration. In 2012, the MA degree will be through Jewish Studies; in subsequent years, other departments will be added. The program will be part of the Jack Kay Advanced Graduate Israel Studies program, and students will be eligible to receive Jack Kay Distinguished Graduate Fellowships.
Applications for the Master of Arts with an Israel Studies Concentration should be received by December 15, 2011. For further information on the MA in Jewish Studies, see http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/programs/jwst.htm
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A minor in Israel Studies is now available to UM students through the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies. It requires 18 credits, is open to all UM undergraduates, and provides the opportunity to study the history, culture and political structure of Israel and its place within the Middle East.