Call for Papers: Looking for Work in Israeli Culture

Contemporary critical thought is defined by three basic categories: race, gender and class. Yet in the study of Israel, studies that focus on the category of class are almost nonexistent, while the exploration of the categories of gender and race have proliferated in recent years. Why does writing on all facets of Israeli reality tend to avoid class (and related topics such as work or labor) as a starting point for analysis? How do these categories open new critical avenues in the study of Israel? How would contemporary discussions of class antagonism and socialism in the Israeli context differ from those that took place before the 1960s?

This issue seeks to remedy this lack. We seek contributions that explore how class and work intersect with all disciplines of the humanities and social studies in the Israeli context, including literature and film, law and rights, economics, psychology, history cultural studies, sociology, new media and others. We welcome contributions that explore the ways class and work are present in all dimensions of cultural production; contributions that discuss legal and political struggles around workers’ rights; contributions that explore the psychological and affective implications of neoliberal forms of exploitation; discussions of Israeli economic transformations and their critical periodizations and divisions; and contributions that touch on similar topics.

Contributions should be written in a way that is accessible to the large multidisciplinary readership of the journal. The journal is committed to diversity among its authors and particularly encourages submissions by female scholars and junior scholars.

Special issue editors: Yaron Peleg, Eran Kaplan, and Oded Nir

Please send abstracts of 250-400 words to the Journal of Israeli History ( by August 28, 2019

For further inquiries, please contact Oded Nir (


The Elections in Israel - 2019

Dear Colleague,

Following the political developments, The Elections in Israel 2019 book will cover both April and September elections, and the events in-between. We are thus especially interested in articles that will cover the two elections from a comprehensive (democratic, political, legal, social or historical) perspective, or compare between them. We will however be happy to consider any other relevant focus or topic as well.

We hope to publish again simultaneously volumes in English and in Hebrew as soon as is feasible after the elections.

We invite scholars who study Israeli politics and society to submit articles. These may be written in either English or Hebrew, and the author will be responsible for translation. Articles will be reviewed in the usual manner of refereed journals in order to maintain the highest academic standards. If you wish to discuss your proposal before you submit the article, feel free to contact us.

The planned book will be similar to previous ones in The Elections in Israel series. Use the conventions that appear in the 2013 and 2015 volumes regarding style, footnoting, references, spelling, tables and figures. Deadline for submission of articles is March 31, 2020.

Michal Shamir
The School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6139001

Gideon Rahat
Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel Democracy Institute
Jerusalem 9104602


Call for proposals for Post-Doctoral Research in the Social Sciences and/or the Humanities

On the subject of Progressive Jewish Thought and Streams in Israel

The Reform movement in Israel represents essentially the third phase in the development of the reform idea in the Jewish world – after its inception in Europe some 200 years ago, and its later evolvement in North America from the mid-nineteenth century and beyond. The uniqueness of the reform project in Israel lies in its distinct response to Israeli statehood, and theological adaptations thereof; in its challenging relations with Orthodox dominance and the struggle to establish a foothold in Israel; and its ties with the North American Jewish center in the US.

The research Hub "World Jewry: Views from Israel" at The Center for Israel Studies at The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) invite Post-Doctoral candidates to submit proposals for thorough research that will explore the Reform Movement in Israel, in accordance with the following suggested topics:

  • The development of Reform congregations in Israel, from an historical and sociological perspective.
  • The views of various Israel thinkers, political leaders and constitutions, on the role of the Reform movement in the Jewish World and in Israel.
  • The role of the Reform movement in Israel-Diaspora relations.
  • Inter-Reform relations between Israel and the US – political, theological,
    congregational and institutional.
  • Reform Thought in Israel – uniqueness and adaptations.
  • Reform thought and action in the context of progressive phenomena in Israel.

The researcher will receive funding in the sum of 61,680 NIS per year.

We encourage applicants from the US to apply for this position as well.

NOTICE: Fluency in Hebrew is required.

Candidates should submit the following documents:

  • Research proposal – a concise outline of up to 800 words.
  • Curriculum Vitae and list of publications.
  • Two recommendation letters – one of which must be from PhD's advisor. **

Submission deadline: August 8, 2019. Applications and recommendation letters (mailed directly from referees) should be sent to:

Date of beginning: October 27, 2019


Invitation to Submit Articles to the Jewish Virtual Library 

AICE would like to invite scholars to contribute articles related to all aspects of Jewish/Israeli history to the Jewish Virtual Library.

The JVL is one of the most comprehensive and popular online resources to learn about Jewish history, politics and culture with approximately 25,000 entries that reach 500,000 users from more than 200 countries each month. 

We prefer short encyclopedia-type articles but will consider longer scholarly articles. Articles will be edited and posted at our discretion. We will consider previously published articles. Any photos must be in the public domain or have permission for use from the copyright holder. At the author’s request, we will link the entry to the book or website of their choice.

We will also consider scholarly articles for the online Israel Studies Anthology, a free online textbook with sections on History, Society & Culture, Democracy, Wars and the Peace Process, and International Relations.

Submissions or queries should be sent to Dr. Mitchell Bard


The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, I.I.T.
The Avie and Sarah Arenson Built Heritage Research Center
The event is under the sponsorship of the Polak Foundation and the Azrieli Foundation

Gender Politics in Israeli Architecture and Landscape Architecture 1:

Figuration of Gendered Subject and Social Positions

Symposium, Tuesday, 30.7.2019

Call for papers, deadline: 10 June 2019

Keynote Speaker: Beatriz Colomina
Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture, Princeton School of Architecture Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Media and Modernity Program, Princeton University

Symposium organizers and initiators:
Dr. Yehotal Shapira, Dr. Orit Shmueli and Assistant Prof. Dafna Fisher Gewirtzman


The symposium will explore the interweaving of architecture, gender and feminism in Israel, focusing on theoretical and professional research praxis and experiences in the current and historical status of women and gender issues in Israeli architecture. We will examine this interweaving through core prisms, to be discussed in four sessions that will address architectural figuration of gendered subject and social positions, as follows:

A. Gendered Architecture as a Mechanism that Designates the Subject

Architecture facilitates gender encounters in private and public spheres through texture, structure and materiality, such as those created by openings and enclosures that segregate the built environment, structure movement and gazes. These encounters are configured and occur through the use of designed features such as bluntness, tangibility and vagueness, which are formed by absence, presence, traces and potentials. In so doing, it renders qualities such as sensuality, temptation and embracing, all of which are either taken for granted, disguised, imagined or repressed. Architecture operates in a cultural framework that either glorifies, oppresses or abjects (Kristeva, 1982) and which provides, withholds or forbids benefits and privileges in an unjust way. It is shaped by intersectionality with physical ability, marital status, religion, race, ethnicity, age, class and other forms of identity (which require ‘privilege- checking’). Colomina claims that ‘Architecture is not simply a platform that accommodates the viewing subject. It is a viewing mechanism that produces the subject.’ (1992:83). In this regard, we will ask whether women want to or can withdraw from viewing mechanisms by determining a subject position on their own, or whether it is possible to escape from the patriarchal order by choosing a place or quality of the relationships that arise through masculine and feminine viewings and other gendered mechanisms. The panel will examine the possibilities to provide an emancipatory architecture by performing a variety of gender subject identities and allocating valuable and suitable living forms grounded in the various narratives and cultures of the Israeli context.

1 This symposium is a collaboration between the architecture and f landscape architecture tracks. Wherever architecture is mentioned, it refers to both architecture and landscape architecture.

B. The Womenization of Israelו Architecture and Landscape Architecture Professions

The session will concentrate on analyzing and indicating the characteristics and significances of the current process of womenization of Israeli architecture. It therefore considers the possibility for women to take an active role in figuring their professional identity and influencing the profession. Despite the current womenization tendency there is, within the architectural canon, a striking inequality created by the featuring of mainly male, white and middle-class architects. Women are largely absent from exhibitions and prizes and from the undertaking of public projects, all of which would enable equal representation in the canon. Quantitative empirical information on gender participation in the professional stages in Israel and its analysis is lacking (for instance, the data gathered by Equity by Design, 2018). In architecture studies at the Technion today, there is a marked trend of change, with women forming the majority of undergraduate students. In addition, there is an increase in the number of Arab-Palestinian students and a growing number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In parallel, the present local tendency indicates a decline in the image of the architecture profession and a general decline in remuneration (along with wage gaps between women and men in the profession and between different sectors). This may offer an opportunity to equalize participation in the studies and practice in a way that may enhance Israeli architecture and improve the discipline’s ability to respond to the needs of various sectors and communities in Israel.

C. Architecture and Landscape Architecture Activism in the Professions
The session will address different modes of gender activism in the profession, such as negotiation and reconciliation, as opposed to dissent and resistance. It will address the place of emancipatory individual activist action alongside collaborative and/or institutional activism. It will examine whether feminine values, such as sensitivity, compassion and care can create alternative, minor (Deleuze and Guattari,1983) architectural design, which will be a visible part of history. It will ask whether the contribution of women can be uniquely defined as feminine and whether there should be action to create gender-based innovative paradigms of design, or if these attempts actually maintain women’s marginality. In addition, it will examine the unique ways in which the historiography of feminist
trajectories may subvert the common categorization of architectural theory and practice. It will also consider the connections between the traditional configuration of women in society and the ways women, nevertheless, engage their position. In this regard, the session will consider new methods of activism that can be developed and which also enable a response to contemporary gender concerns.


We welcome submissions that further these prisms and pose related questions, themes and innovative methodological approaches through papers that are grounded in practice and theory, as well as interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to broad cultural aspects relating to the of gender, feminism and architecture and the built environment in Israel. The language of the symposium will be English, therefore abstracts and papers must be written in English. Please indicate in which panel you would like your paper to be considered (ABC) and send your abstract (no more than 300 words) for a 15-minute presentation to Yehotal Shapira ( or Orit Shmueli ( by June 7, 2019.


The process of selection of papers published in the proceedings will take place in several stages:

Abstract submission (300 words)-10 .6.2019
Academic committee meeting-10.6.2019
Comments and communication of abstract acceptance - 17.6.2019

Resubmission of revised abstracts-30.6.2019 Conference program- draft-31.6.2019
Final conference program- 5.7.2019 Conference date - 30.7.2019

Proceedings full papers submission - 1.9.2019
Comments and communication of abstract acceptance - 1.10.2019 Notification of selected articles for publication - 15.10.2019

Resubmission of revised articles - 1.11.2019

The articles will be edited and adapted to the publication of the Proceedings through the common form under the supervision of the editors. The conference writers will be asked to adapt the articles for publication of the proceedings in accordance with the common form to be determined by the editors. The chief editors of the Proceedings have contacted the editors of leading journals in the field who are interested in the group of articles as being of special value to their journal. They will also be editors of any other academic publication of the symposium: Dr. Yehotal Shapira and Dr. Orit Shmueli and Assistant Prof. Dafna Fisher Gewirtzman.

Academic Committee
Chair of the Committee: Assistant Prof. Dafna Fisher Gewirtzman

Members of the Committee:
Prof. Iris Aravot
Associate Prof. Tal Alon-Mozes
Associate Prof. Alona Nitzan-Shifta
Dr. Orit Shmueli
Dr. Dikla Yizhar
Dr.Yehotal Shapira
Arch. Idit Shachnai Ran
Arch. Ruth Liberty-Shalev  

Organizing Committee
Chair of the Committee: Dr. Yehotal Shapira

Members of the Committee:
Assistant Prof. Dafna Fisher Gewirtzman Associate Prof. Tal Alon-Mozes
Dr. Orit Shmueli
Dr. Dikla Yizhar
Arch. Idit Shachnai Ran


Israel Studies (IUP)

Call for Articles: Marking 70 Years of the 1950 Blaustein-Ben-Gurion ‘Understanding’

Contributors are invited to send original, unpublished articles on the following subjects:
• Historical contexts and significance in Israel and the U.S.
• Depiction in academic literature, academic courses, literature, media, and the arts.
• Concepts of ‘Citizenship’; ‘Dual Loyalty’; ‘Allegiance’; ‘Home’; ‘House’.
• Outlooks and perspectives on Jewish solidarity in Israel and in the U.S.
• The parameters of mutual “involvement” and “intervention”.

All articles are peer reviewed.

Articles of no longer than 7,000 words, including an abstract, notes and illustrations should be submitted no later than September 1, 2019 to​ 

Israel Studies (IUP) Call for Articles: Marking 70 Years of the 1950 Blaustein-Ben-Gurion ‘Understanding’



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