IYUNIM: Multidisciplinary Studies in Israeli and Modern Jewish Society (Hebrew)

Call for Articles in a Section about the Knesset
To mark 70 years since the first Knesset Elections in 1949 (elections to the Constituent Assembly), Iyunim is dedicating a special section of articles dealing with the Knesset. We welcome manuscripts dealing with topics such as: The establishment of the Knesset; Significant political, social, economic and cultural debates over the years; Election campaigns; Structural processes that shaped it; Legislation; Political parties arena and the ongoing debates about Israel's political structure, its constitution, the electoral system and other laws.
Scholars from various disciplines in social sciences and humanities are invited to submit articles (up to 12,000 words, including footnotes) or abstracts (up to 300 words), in Hebrew, no later than January 31, 2019. Articles selected for publishing will be peer reviewed.
For further information and submission:


Israeli Jazz and Hebrew Culture

The Center for Israel Studies at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev invites proposals (between 250-300 words) for presentations at a conference dedicated to Israeli jazz and Hebrew Culture that will take place at the Sede Boqer campus of Ben-Gurion University on April 14-15, 2019.
Israeli jazz is one of the most interesting developments in contemporary Israeli culture. Israeli musicians have taken leading roles in jazz outfits around the world, and festivals in Israel and abroad feature Israeli jazz and Israeli jazz artists.
The rise of Israeli jazz, music that is rooted in a musical form born in the United States, raises a number of questions about the character of Israeli culture, such as the connection between Israeli and Western culture, the influence of American culture in Israel, and the unique connections between east and west that are being fashioned within Israeli society itself.
Is there really an Israeli jazz, or just Israeli musicians playing jazz? As is fitting for a musical genre that, in certain respects, aspires to break down conventional musical boundaries, the phenomenon of jazz in Israel can teach a great deal about Israeli culture and its boundaries.
We are interested in proposals from all disciplines, and especially welcome proposals that are inter-disciplinary in character.
Possible topics include:
• Jazz as an expression of the globalization or Americanization of Israeli culture
• The rise of Israeli jazz as part of the globalization of jazz
• Jazz and piyyut
• The Israeli identity of music that is composed by Israeli artists living abroad
• The place of African-American art and artists in Israeli culture
• The success of Israeli jazz musicians
• Arnie Lawrence as educator, and his legacy among Israeli musicians in Israel and abroad
• Israeli writing about jazz
• The story of Lionel Hampton’s visit to Israel in 1953

The conference will feature a performance by the Itamar Borochov Sextet. The first part of the Sextet’s performance will feature jazz interpretations, extensions and elaborations of piyyutim; the second part will feature the Israeli debut of Lionel Hampton’s “King David Suite,” a work deeply influenced by Hampton’s visit to Israel and his affinity for the country and Jewish culture. The score of the composition was donated to the Ben-Gurion Archives in 2015, and Borochov will arrange and orchestrate the music for the Sextet’s performance.
Proposals can be sent to:
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019; notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 1, 2019.
Organizing Committee: Dr. Aryeh Tepper; Prof. Gideon Katz; Prof. Arieh Saposnik




I’m pleased to announce that the 2019 NAPH Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture will be held at Boston University on June 24-26, 2019. 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, 2018. For a description of the conference and submission instructions in English, click HERE or visit our website and navigate to “International Conference” tab and to “Upcoming Conference” page. For a description and instructions in Hebrew click HERE. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you next June at Boston University!

 Karen Grumberg

Conference Coordinator


University of Southern California, Los Angeles : EXTENDED DEADLINE

An international conference on “Film, public diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict: Historical and international perspectives” will be hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA on 16-18 October 2018. The conference is supported by the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee in Israel, the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST), and at USC the Center on Public Diplomacy and Center for International Studies.
The Arab-Israeli conflict is seventy years old in 2018. Over the decades, a great many scholars and journalists have looked into the role that the news media have played in the conflict. By comparison, relatively few scholars have explored the part played by cinema. This conference focuses not only on film’s part in the Arab-Israeli conflict but also on how film has interacted with public diplomacy and propaganda. The conference aims to go far beyond the examination of particular feature films and documentaries – though that is an essential dimension. It seeks to look “behind the scenes” to examine how governments and groups have used film as a publicity tool; to assess the role that actors, producers, agents and directors have played in the conflict both on and off the screen; and to consider cinema’s political and cultural impact on the conflict.
Hollywood is obviously an important part of this story, and by holding the conference in Los Angeles we hope to involve contemporary filmmakers, diplomats and lobby organizations based in the city that are engaged in a variety of ways in the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the conference will look at how cinemas from different parts of the world have treated the Arab-Israeli conflict. This will enable comparative analysis and point to the part played by film in the international “war of images” that has surrounded the Arab-Israeli conflict since its inception.
Our approach is interdisciplinary, and we welcome proposals for papers from scholars of all fields, including History, Middle East studies, Israel studies, Public Diplomacy and Propaganda studies, International Affairs, Film studies, Literature, and the Social Sciences. Possible topics for panels and papers include but are not limited to:
Key feature films and documentaries about the Arab-Israeli conflict
Cinema’s direct and oblique treatments of the conflict
National film industries’ different takes on the conflict
Film activism
Film celebrity off-screen activism
Film as a public diplomacy and propaganda tool
Cinema and censorship/boycotts
Film and issues of image and Nation Brands
The working language of the conference will be English. We welcome individual proposals for 20-minute presentations, as well as 90-minute panels. Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 300 words, while those for panels should be a maximum of 1000 words. All contributors should include a brief (250-300 word) autobiographical paragraph and the contributor’s academic affiliation and email. All of this should be sent to Professor Tony Shaw at
Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2018.
Notification of acceptance: 15 August 2018.
Conference organizers:
Professor Tony Shaw, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Professor Nicholas Cull, University of Southern California, and President of the International Association for Media and History.
Dr Giora Goodman, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel.



Israel Studies: Call for Articles – Special Issue on: 70 Years of Israel and the UN

 The international legitimacy of State of Israel derives from United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 of November 29, 1947. Within a year of its establishment,  Israel was admitted as a member of the UN on May 11, 1949. The Special Issue of Israel Studies invites potential contributors to consider the following that is not intended as exclusive: turning points in Israel’s relationship with the UN and its

various bodies and special agencies; the politics of UN resolutions on Israel; the formulation of Israeli policy towards the UN; the role of individual Israeli diplomatic representatives; Israel’s successes and failures at the UN; the politics of alliances inside and outside the UN relating to Israel.

 All articles are peer reviewed.

 Preference will be given to original, unpublished articles.

 Articles should be no longer than 10,000 words including an abstract, notes and illustrations.

 Proposals should be sent to no later than December 1, 2018.

For further information:


Call for Papers: EAIS 7th Annual Conference on Israel Studies 2018
2nd - 4th September 2018

‘Israel's Turning Points: Histories and Narratives, Ruptures and

The EAIS 7th Annual Conference on Israel Studies will take place from Sunday, 2 September
to Tuesday, 4 September 2018 at SOAS, University of London, UK. The conference will be
held in English.
The aim of the conference is to bring together international scholars from a variety of
disciplines, who are engaged in research in any aspect of Israel Studies – including, but not
limited to, Politics, Literature, Security, Minorities, Social Studies, History, Migration Studies,
Gender Studies, Economics, Law, Religion, Anthropology, Language, Culture, Film, Music and
Art. The Conference will centre on Israel’s year of anniversaries, such as the First Zionist
council (1897), the Balfour Declaration (1917), the Peel Commission (1937), the State of
Israel (1948), the six-day war (1967), the Camp David Accords (1978), Oslo Accords (1993).
By focusing on the idea of historical turning points, the conference aims not only to
interrogate these crucial dates and anniversaries but also to reflect and critique the
preconceived notions and ways in which we choose to frame history and represent the
development of society and culture.
The conference organisers welcome all proposals from EAIS members that are pertinent to
Israel Studies and the theme of the conference. Proposals for Panels or Round Tables (3 or 4
speakers) are especially welcome.
Please use the online proposal form on our website, following the instructions on the form.
The proposal form for Panels must be completed before
• 14 May 2018.
You should include an abstract for each paper from each proposed participant in the Panel
(maximum 250 words each) and list the participants of a Round Table. Panels should have
three or four speakers/discussants.
Please use the online proposal form on our website, following the instructions on the form
(maximum 250 words). The proposal form for individual papers must be completed before
• 14 May 2018.
Please visit
All proposals are subject to a review process. The outcome of the proposal review process
will be communicated by email to lead proposers by mid June.
The EAIS will offer a limited number of travel and accommodation stipends to enable
postgraduate research students to attend the conference. In exceptional circumstances, we
will consider offering financial support for junior faculty members without institutional
support. All applicants must be EAIS members at the time of application. Individual
applicants must submit their case for support at the time of submitting their proposal. To
apply, please email Anna Godfrey at with a copy of your CV and short
cover letter.
How do I register for the Conference?
Online registration will open on the EAIS website in May 2018. More information will be
released after this date. The conference fees are as follows:
EAIS member delegate rate £100
Non-member delegate rate £175
EAIS member student rate £50
Non-member student rate £80


Israel: A Case Study: The Jewish State as Reflected in the Humanities and Social Sciences

A conference marking the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel
May 14-16, 2018

Sede Boqer Campus

The conference will be held in English. Submission of proposals by January 31, 2018
To submit proposals and for further details, contact:

For more information:


Processes of Symbiosis and Religious Syncretism: Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam

The Open University of Israel Center for the Study of Relations between Jews,
Christians, and Muslims will hold its seventh international conference on December
27-28, 2017, at The Open University Campus in Ra’anana .

The conference committee invites scholars of diverse disciplines to submit proposals
for 20-minute lectures addressing interrelationships and processes of integration
between religions in diverse geographical areas and during different historical periods.

We invite papers that present a comparative study of at least two religions on subjects
such as:
The mutual influences of religions in various fields;
The role of symbiosis and syncretism in shaping contemporary Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam;
Historical cases of attempts to merge religions and traditions;
An overview of various aspects of influence, kinship or inter-religious and social
Contemporary interrelations between different religions, and their real-life
impact; Interfaith traditions and customs;
Theological and practical aspects of interfaith integration.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, referring to the study's main
insights and methodology, to:
Submission deadline: October 14, 2017


NAPH Conference: Call for Presentations

Dear colleagues,
I’m pleased to announce that the 2018 NAPH Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture will be held at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, on June 25-27, 2018.
Members who are interested in organizing thematic panels, a seminar, or a colloquium and/or in presenting an individual paper or conduct 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, 2017.
For a description of the conference and submission instructions in English, click HERE or visit our website and navigate to “Upcoming Conference” page. For a description and instructions in Hebrew click HERE.
We’ll be looking forward to seeing you next June at the University of Amsterdam!
Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen
Conference Coordinator


Israel Studies Review: Call for Articles

The Israel Studies Review is planning a special issue to appear in Nov.-Dec. 2018, tentatively entitled “New Perspectives on Israel at 70.”  We are seeking academic articles that examine important aspects of Israeli history, society, culture, or other matters, and that provide a fresh perspective to consider as Israel reaches this milestone.
Interested scholars are invited to send either abstracts of 200-300 words or draft articles to us at Abstracts should be submitted by Sept. 15, 2017; full articles should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2017 (earlier is preferred if possible).  All articles will be peer-reviewed before acceptance.  If articles are submitted, they should be approximately 7-8000 words and follow the format set forth in our Style Guide at   Please put “Israel at 70” in the subject line.
Any questions can also be addressed to us at that email.


The Fourth Kinneret Conference on Civil-Military Research:
"The New Wars in an Age of Contested Politics"

21-22 February 2018, To be held at Kinneret Academic College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel
The academic committee of the Conference is inviting submissions with  regard to changes in civil-military relations and related issues such as the home front; organizational, economic, cultural and social aspects of the Israel Defense Forces;  the relations between civilian and military decision-makers; changes in the mode of the "people's army" and alternative models for military service; gender and the military; the military and religion; or  representations of the military in the media, films, literature and the arts.
The conference will include the following formats:
Plenary sessions
Panels devoted to research
Panels devoted to recently published books
Round tables focusing on specific issues
Please submit relevant proposals to any of the above formats by the 1st of October 2017 to Dr. Carmit Padan at Letters of acceptance will be sent out by the 20th of November.
Proposals for individual papers should include title, name of scholar, email address and telephone number and an extended abstract of 600 words.
Proposals for panels of no more than four papers should include title, a description of the panel, the names of the presenters (and email addresses and telephone numbers) and a extended abstracts of 600 words of each presentation.
Proposals for book review should include the name and particulars of the book, and the name of the reviewer (and email and telephone numbers).
Proposals for round tables should include a detailed description of about 300 words of the subject to be discussed and the email addresses and telephone numbers of all discussants.
All participants in the conference (in any capacity) need to pay a fee for joining the association of 200 New Israeli Shekel (US$ 50) (for two years) and a conference fee of 250 New Israeli Shekel (US$60), students' registration fee is 150 New Israeli Shekel (US$35).
We will obtain lodgings and a breakfast nearby the conference site for 300 New Israeli Shekel (US$85) a night.
*Given sufficient interested parties, we will be happy to organize a tour of the battle sites of the 1967 and 1973 Wars on the Golan Heights (nearby the venue of the conference). The tour will take place on the day following the conference - Friday the 23 of February.


Israel in Audio-Visual Culture

Israel often resembles a verb more than a noun, an everlasting process of nation building challenged by threats against its existence, social divisions, and moral hand-wringing.  Approaching its 70th year of independence, Israel's past, present, and future offer conflicting views and inspiring visions.  Between religious and secular life, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, between hope and loss, the future and the past, love and death, the Holocaust and memory, sex and gender, daily life and politics, audio-visual texts of high and popular culture often challenge or puzzle the observers of the Jewish State.
For the 22nd issue of IMAGES we seek essays on Israeli culture and on Israel in global cultural perspectives, analyzing how artistic expressions and audio-visual texts explore and participate in the dynamic processes that form Israeli culture, offering keen observations, national performativities, and visionary deconstructions, engaging in demanding intellectual, aesthetic and axiological challenges.
 IMAGES is The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication.  IMAGES is a double blind peer reviewed journal published twice a year in print and online.  Each publication is a monograph devoted to a selected subject representing an important issue in contemporary audiovisual culture. Articles are mainly devoted to cinema, mass media, photography and performing arts, within the broadly understood context of popular culture and interdisciplinarity, encouraging deep reflection upon contemporary audio-visual trends. "Images" also features original art works. Each issue includes an author gallery presenting works of an outstanding artist commissioned by the editors.  The 22nd volume of IMAGES will feature artists from The Film School of Lodz.
The journal is now indexed with and included in INDEX COPERNICUS INTERNATIONAL - IC JOURNALS MASTER LIST; ERIH PLUS; PKP Index; Google Scholar; WorldCat.
For more information, visit the official website of the journal
Deadline for abstract submission: October  15, 2017.
Deadline for paper submission:  April 15, 2018.
The 22nd volume of Images will be published in December 2018.
The abstracts should be sent directly to the editors of the 22nd volume of IMAGES:
Prof. Ilan Avisar –
Prof. Marek Kaźmierczak –


Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel – History, Society, Culture

We are pleased to inform that all articles of our Hebrew-language journal, Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel – History, Society, Culture, volumes 23 and 24, which were published in 2016, are now available online on the journal’s website:
 Israel, Vol. 23, Special Issue, “Hashomer Hatza’ir”
Guest Editors: Aviva Halamish and Alon Gan
See contents
 Israel, Vol. 24, Special Issue, “Mandate Days: Britons, Jews and Arabs”
Guest Editor: Motti Golani
See Contents
 On this occasion, we invite scholars in the fields of Zionism and the State of Israel to submit articles to Israel, as well as to our English-language Journal of Israeli History, both peer-reviewed academic journals published by the Chaim Weizmann Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel at Tel Aviv University. The Institute is devoted to advancing scholarly research of the Zionist idea, the Zionist movement, the Yishuv (Jewish community in Palestine), and the State of Israel, from a multidisciplinary approach and a critical perspective.
 •       Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel – History, Society, Culture, edited by Dr. Rona Yona of Tel Aviv University (see instructions for submission to Israel). Submission enquiries can be sent to the journal’s e-mail address:
 •       The Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture, edited by Prof. Anita Shapira of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Derek Penslar of Harvard University, (see instructions for submissions to the JIH). Submission enquiries can be sent to the journal’s e-mail address:

Call for Proposals: Hatikva—Despair and Hope in Zionism and Israeli Society
November 29 2017

The year 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of the poem originally titled “Tikvatenu” (Our Hope) by poet Naftali Herz Imber. The “Hebrew Culture” research hub at the Center for Israel Studies in the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism invites scholars from all disciplines to submit proposals for a conference that seeks to explore “Hatikva—Despair and Hope in Zionism and Israeli Society”. The conference will take place at the Sde Boker campus of Ben-Gurion University in the Negev on November 29 2017.
The conference is conceived around two central goals: The first is to open new avenues of research on the poem itself, its evolution and the processes of change it underwent, its reception, literary and musical aspects, the social roles it has filled over the years, and the cultural meanings that have been attributed to it.
Based on an understanding of “Hatikva” as articulating a particular stance on the continuum between despair and hope in Zionist thought, the conference’s second goal is to examine contemporary Israeli society and culture and to explore the place of despair and hope in Israel and in Zionism.
These dual goals will be reflected in the structure of the conference, which will include academic sessions alongside panels aimed at public discourse, in which the focus will be on contemporary issues in Israeli society.
Among the topics to be considered:
• The creation and reception of “Hatikva”
• The status of other songs as competing anthems among various Zionist and Israeli groups.
• “Hatikva” and Jewish thought.
• Themes of hope and despair in Zionism, particularly as forces in the creation of Hebrew culture.
• Encounters of hope and shared vision with feelings of despair in contemporary Israeli society.

Scholars interested in participating in the conference are invited to submit proposals (in Hebrew or English) by May 14 2017 to Ezra Brom at Proposals should include contact information and academic affiliation alongside an abstract of up to 300 words describing the research and its relevance to the conference theme.
Decisions will be sent by July 14 2017.
Organizing committee: Prof. Arieh Saposnik; Ezra Brom; Dr. Dvir Tzur; Prof. Gideon Katz; Dr. Aryeh Tepper.
Questions or clarifications may be directed to Prof. Arieh Saposnik:


2017 Leffell Seminar on The Impact of Israel upon American Jewry
August 7-9, 2017

Call for Applications - Due Friday, April 7, 2017

How has Israel shaped the culture, religious expression, political and organizational life, and selfunderstanding
of American Jews between 1948 and the present? This subject will be explored at a threeday
seminar sponsored by The Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation, August 7-9, 2017 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. Early and mid-career academics, advanced graduate students, and
thought leaders are invited to submit an application by April 7, 2017, with notification of acceptance to
write a paper for the seminar by April 30, 2017. For more information, contact, (646) 532-2445,
Lisa and Michael Leffell
Ken Stein, Emory University, and Center for Israel Education, Consultant to the Foundation
Jack Wertheimer, Jewish Theological Seminary, Consultant to the Foundation


Invitation for Visiting Professorship Israel Studies 2017/18

The Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish Studies at Potsdam University invites applications to fill a Visiting Professorship Israel Studies for the time September 1st, 2017 till February 28th, 2018.

Rank is open. Applicants from a variety of disciplines are invited to apply, but the successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. in a field of specialization such as Israel Studies, Jewish Studies, History, Political Science, Literature, International Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology or Communications Studies. Fluency and undergraduate teaching experience in English and in German are essential for consideration.

The appointee will be expected to teach at least one course on a topic related to modern Israel, and should also be prepared to give lectures in the public program of the Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg).
The appointee should have been working on a specific research project in the frame of Modern Israel Studies. This project should be introduced in the Mendelssohn Centre, and its continuation will be supported by the Centre.

We also expect interest and readiness of cooperating in current projects of Israel Studies run by the Moses Mendelssohn Centre, in particular on German-Israeli relations.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, including C.V., list of publications, list of course topics being prepared to teach, and a description of currently running research/studies in the frame of Israel Studies.

Submission should be done electronically to the founding director of the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish Studies, Prof. Dr. Julius H. Schoeps, at: or by postal mail to:
Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Prof. Dr. Julius H. Schoeps, Am Neuen Markt 8, 14467 Potsdam, Germany.                             

Please, submit till March 31st, 2017!

Scholars’ Workshop “World Jewry – Views from Israel”
October 17-19, 2017

The Centre for Israel Studies (CIS) at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism runs a research group on “Israel and the Jewish World”. Its aim is to identify and analyze diverse ways in which Israel perceives the Jewish world. As part of this research group, we are planning a three day workshop, to take place at the Sede Boqer Campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on October 17-19, 2017.

The title of this workshop is “World Jewry – Views from Israel: Images, Relations, and Boundaries”. We invite contributions from scholars (both junior and senior) of all disciplines whose research discusses the variety of ways in which the Jewish diaspora (its images, identities and agendas) are present in Israel. Our goal is to create research that analyzes how the diaspora is reflected in Israeli history, society, culture, politics, and discourse; and highlights how these images of the diaspora interact with, and influence, Israel. Thus, the focus is dialectally both outward and inward. Such work may contribute to our understanding of the complex processes by which Israel’s view of the diaspora influences Israeli society itself, identifying how it is accorded multiple meanings, characteristics, and power.

The workshop will discuss questions such as:
-Who is included in Israel’s imaginings of the Diaspora and who is excluded from them? (This may refer to different forms of collectives, national definitions, and social groups or communities). How does this relate to Israel’s imaginings of itself?
-To what extent do images of Diasporas (as seen through Israeli eyes) shape and/or challenge dominant trends and voices in Israel? How do they do so?
- How do these images affect the meanings and boundaries of Jewish identity, as well as the power relations between individuals and groups within Israeli society?
- How do these images and identities find their way into Israeli policy in different areas (e.g., religion and State, Immigration – to and from Israel, ethnic and cultural multiplicity, gender, relations between Jews and non-Jews, public space)?
- What logics shape perceptions of the diaspora among different sectors of Israel society? And what patterns of categorization and negotiation (e.g., acceptance/rejection, solidarity/alienation, Israeli/Jewish) take place between them?

Scholars interested in participating in the workshop are invited to submit a proposal (in Hebrew or English) by March 1st, 2017. Submissions should be sent by email to Einav Melamed Donyets at the Centre for Israel Studies: Submissions must include contact information, academic affiliation, and a 300 word abstract outlining the proposed research, as well as a brief description of its potential contribution to the workshop topic.

Answers regarding workshop participation will be sent out by April 1st, 2017.
Researchers accepted to the workshop will be expected to submit a draft of their article (up to 10 pages, approx. 6000 words) by August 1st, 2017. These early manuscripts will be circulated among workshop participants in advance so that joint discussions during the workshop may be more productive and interactive. The full versions of these articles will later be the basis for a joint publication in international and/or Israeli peer-reviewed journals.

Organizing committee: Prof. Ofer Schiff, Dr. Omri Asscher, Dr. Tanya Zion-Waldoks, Dr. Ofir Abu, Dr. David Barak-Gorodetsky, Adi Sherzer and Renana Kristal.

For further details, please contact Prof. Ofer Schiff


Nominations for the Board of Directors and for Vice President of the AIS

The Nominating Committee, including Menachem Hofnung, Chair, Aviva Halamish, Michael Brenner, Lilach Rosenberg and Sara  Hirschhorn invites nominations for the Board of Directors of the AIS for the 2017-2019 term, and for Vice President of the Association (2017-2019).  Because the AIS Board is a working body, prospective nominees must be ready and willing to make an active contribution to the work of the Association as called upon.  Please send all nominations, including a CV and brief statement of background and qualifications, to the AIS Executive Director, Dr. Moshe Naor, Department of Israel Studies, University of Haifa,

Members may nominate themselves or other members whose consent they have secured. Deadline for all nominations is February 10, 2017


Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Antisemitism Studies
 St. John's College, Oxford, UK

 The ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute is seeking scholars-in-residence for an intensive two-week workshop-based curriculum development
 program in interdisciplinary critical contemporary antisemitism studies. The program, dedicated to the development of antisemitism studies as a recognized
 academic discipline, will be held at St John's College, in Oxford, United Kingdom from July 16, 2017 to July 29, 2017.

 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. Under the guidance of leading international academics, scholars-in-residence will be required to develop a course syllabus and curriculum in the interdisciplinary study of critical contemporary antisemitism, to be taught in their home university upon completion for course credit.
 Partial or full Fellowships will be awarded to successful applicants.

 Application deadline is February 22, 2017.
 Click here for application and requirements. []
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 to see a video of highlights from previous year's programs.


Call for Panelists for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting

Washington D.C., November 18-21, 2017 – Deadline Feb 8, 2017

Children, Youth, and Media in Middle Eastern, North African, and Gulf Conflict Zones
This panel seeks to carve out new pathways into the subject of children, youth and media. Abstracts are sought that critically interpret how Middle Eastern, North African, and Persian/Arabian Gulf children and youth use, play with, produce, interpret and/or are influenced by media in conflict zones. Abstracts should come from or be framed from the “voice”, or perspective of children and youth and connect how their respective media uses and practices impinge on the development of their culture, constructions of civic and national identity, intergroup attitudes, political opinions, and/or peace and conflict related practices and behaviors. To that effect, papers might examine the media uses and associated daily lives -- past and/or present -- of among others, Algerian, Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Lebanese, Libyan, Palestinian, Syrian, Tuareg, Yemini or Yezedi girls and boys. Papers that explore these areas as they relate to the lives of those among them who have been (forcibly-) migrated, are borderlands children, have been born due to the uses of rape as a weapon of war, and/or whom, through them, have become child mothers, are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts, and so papers, may conceptualize children/childhood or youth from a biological, legal, constructed, and/or subaltern perspective. They may either be modern or historical in focus. Field-based research from a variety of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives are encouraged. Research from communication, children and youth/childhood studies, anthropology, political science, sociology, psychology, history and related disciplines are all welcome. To that effect, media analogous analyses of non-formal education, arts, music, dance, and leisure practices and spaces are invited. The goal of the panel will be to foster a critical transdisciplinary merger of these varied disciplinary approaches.

If interested, and for any questions, please email Yael Warshel at

The following information should be emailed by Feb 8, 2017:

1) your name, affiliation, and contact details.

2) a 300-400 word abstract fitting the above panel theme and MESA’s criteria for evaluating abstracts, including being, “scholarly”, and possessing “a strong, focused statement of thesis or significance, clear goals and methodology, well-organized research data, specified sources, and convincing, coherent conclusions.”
Yael Warshel

Telecommunications, Rock Ethics Institute, and Comparative and International Education
The Pennsylvania State University


Association for Israel Studies panel at AHA 2018

The AIS became an affiliate of the American Historical Association (AHA) in 2016. This January the AIS held his first sponsored session at the AHA conference in Denver.  This year's session concerned an evaluation of the colonial-settler paradigm.  It was chaired by Eran Kaplan.  Donna Robinson Divine, Sara Hirshhorn, Arieh Saposnik and Ilan Troen participated. The AIS will be holding sessions in conjunction with the AHA at its annual meeting in Washington in January 4-7, 2018.
Next year's meeting has the theme of "Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in Global Perspective" as described in the 132nd Annual Meeting Call for Papers.   The AHA will also consider panels on other topics.  It invites proposals of panels or roundtables but not of individual presentations.  Proposals may be sponsored solely by the AHA, in co-sponsorship with the AHA and the AIS, or by the AIS solely within the rubric of the AHA annual meeting that attracts up to 5,000 participants.  Please submit proposals to Arieh Saposnik, the AIS representative to the AHA, at: or, and to Ilan Troen at:  by January 25, 2017.



Israel Studies 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, Israel)
And the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts, USA)
The journal invites original articles specifically related to the life and career of Golda Meir. Articles are peer-reviewed and should be no longer than 10,000 words including abstract, notes and illustrations. Proposals should be sent to  no later than April 1, 2017.
Information on Israel Studies & Guidelines for Contributors:



International Conference under the auspices of Theodor Herzl Distinguished Chair at Masaryk University


The Program Committee of the Conference, jointly organized by Masaryk University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev under the auspices of the Theodor Herzl Chair Committee (, invites scholars conducting research (primarily but not exclusively) on historical, political, and sociological aspects of the establishment of the State of Israel and its early years to submit proposals for papers.

Twenty years separated the UN partition plan and the Six-Day War. Israel's leadership, headed by David Ben-Gurion, accepted the decision that the State of Israel would be established within the boundaries of the partition. This decision stood between reality and the Zionist dream. The decision regarding the borders of the country was not part of the public agenda at the time, nor was it the focus of ideological debate. Yet there is no doubt that the shaping of the country’s borders had an impact on both the political arena and on Israeli society. For twenty years, the debate remained largely theoretical. The Six-Day War turned it into a reality. The substantial change in the country’s borders made it possible for the ideological debate to become part of the public agenda and allowed for the examination of the various aspects of the new reality that had been created.

The Conference is specifically focused on three broad issue areas that are aimed at providing a comprehensive image of both domestic and external aspects shaping the beginnings and early years of Israeli statehood.

1) Dreams and Visions of Israel, focused on the emergence of the State of Israel and the ideas that preceded and accompanied the process of its establishment

2) Israeli Society Between the Wars, focused on the making of Israeli society and the impact of the process on the current societal and political developments in Israel

3) Israel and the World, focused on the foreign agenda of the State of Israel before 1967; however, papers dealing with the relations of Israel and Czechoslovakia, or more generally with those between Israel and Central/Eastern Europe are especially encouraged 

 Paper proposals should be submitted via email to the Conference Coordinator and should not exceed 250 words. The deadline for submission of all proposals is December 31, 2016. Authors will be notified of the status of their paper proposals on January 15, 2017 the latest.

 Masaryk University will provide the hotel accommodation in Brno for the invited scholars from February 21st to February 23rd, 2017.

Program Committee

Pavel Pšeja, Academic Convenor

Ariel Feldestein, Academic Convenor

 Conference Coordinator: Šárka Prokopová,


Call for Papers: Proposals for Lectures, round tables and special events for the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies

We are happy to announce that the Seventeenth World Congress of Jewish Studies will take place at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, August 6–10, 2017. The Congress will mark 70 years since the First World Congress of Jewish Studies. Scholars from all fields of Jewish Studies are invited to submit proposals for topical sessions or individual papers to be presented at the Congress. We particularly encourage proposals for complete sessions.

A. The Congress program has six divisions: The Bible and Its World | History of the Jewish People | Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Law and Jewish Thought | Languages, Literatures, and the Arts | Contemporary Jewish Society | Research Projects and Technology.

B. Proposals for Sessions and Lectures: Scholars who wish to propose either a complete session (four lectures or three lectures and a response, organized around a particular topic), or an individual lecture, are requested to submit their abstracts via the website of the World Union of Jewish Studies -
** Proposals must be submitted electronically via the website by December 15, 2016.

C. Round Tables and Special Events: Proposals for round tables and special events may be submitted by email Such proposals will be considered by the Executive Committee of the World Union of Jewish Studies.

** Proposals must be submitted via email by November 30, 2016.

D. Sponsorship: Research Centers and Institutes are invited to sponsor sessions in their areas of interest.

E. Participation in the Congress is contingent upon payment of WUJS membership dues for 2017 as well as Congress participation fees. A participant may present only one lecture during the course of the Congress. Only Ph.D. holders and doctoral students may submit proposals; exceptions may considered by the Executive Committee. The Academic Committees of the Congress divisions are responsible for accepting or rejecting proposed lectures and sessions.

World Union of Jewish Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Rabin Center for Jewish Studies
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91240, Israel
Tel: +972-2-5325841, Fax: +972-2-5325910


Association for Israel Studies panel At APSA 2017

The theme statement for the 2017 APSA annual meeting deals with the “quest for legitimacy”, a highly pertinent issue for Israeli politics. At its core, legitimacy is a socially constructed and contested concept. As institutions, organized groups, and individual actors engage in contention about what constitutes “the legitimate” in Israel, they aim to shape such things as national identity, regime characteristics, minority rights, boundaries of political debate and protest, representation, territorial boundaries, and more.
The Association for Israel Studies seeks papers that examine this theme in Israeli politics. We encourage papers that examine contestation between various segments and institutions in Israeli society about what constitutes, or ought to constitute, the legitimate and acceptable in diverse realms of Israeli politics. We welcome submissions from all subfields of political science and are open to papers that examine Israel as a case study or in comparative perspective.
Those interested in submitting a paper proposal are invited to log onto the APSA website and follow the submission instructions:

Oded Haklai (, Queen’s University


Call for Proposals
The 10th Conference of The Chair for the Study of the History and
Activities of the Jewish National Fund (K.K.L.),

Bar-Ilan University,
Upon the 100-year Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
The Land of Israel and Jewish Colonization:
Between the Balfour Declaration and the United Nations Resolution
A hundred years have passed since the publication of the document signed by the
British statesman Arthur James Balfour, and it seems that the historical importance of
this document has not entirely dimmed yet. The Balfour Declaration was a British
political deed that should be examined against the background of its time and place.
However, the inclusion of this document in the Mandate with which Great Britain was
entrusted by the League of Nations in 1922, excluded the document from the time and
place of its formulation and granted it the status of an international legal basic
In the conference, which will be held at Bar-Ilan University on April 2, 2017, we
intend to discuss the various processes and developments taking place in the Land of
Israel and in the history of Jewish colonization there during the period between the
Balfour Declaration and the United Nations Resolution.
Researchers from all research disciplines (including history, geography, Land of Israel
studies, economics, political science, law, sociology, anthropology, criminology,
gender studies) are called to submit proposals for a lecture, applying various
intellectual approaches and research methods.
The papers presented in the conference will be published in the conference
proceedings after review.
Abstracts should be sent according to the following guidelines:
1. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words.
2. Abstracts should include the title of the lecture and the principal research
3. Abstracts should be submitted in two Word files. One should include the
author’s name, current academic affiliation, email address, and phone number.
The other file will be sent for anonymous academic review and it should not
contain any identifying details. If the author is a research student, the names of
the department and research advisors should be stated, and a written
recommendation by the advisor should be enclosed in a separate file.
4. The two Word files should be sent to
5. The last date for submitting proposals is November 30, 2016.
6. If no immediate email confirmation is received, please check the email address
and send the files again.
7. Replies will be sent to authors by email.
The conference organizing committee:
Prof. Yossi Katz; Prof. Yechiam Weitz;
Dr. Ofira Gruweis-Kovalsky; Dr. Dotan Goren


The 2017 Annual Conference: Israel Communication Association
Sapir Academic College, Israel, April, 2, 2017

The Israel Communication Association (ISCA) will hold its 21st Annual Conference at Sapir Academic College, on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Foreign Researchers and Visitors:  ISCA invites scholars and graduate students from around the world to participate in its 2017 annual conference. Proposals for papers or panels may be submitted in the following tracks: (1) individual papers, empirical or theoretical (2) thematic panels (3) roundtables (4) new books. ISCA also invites applications for the following awards: Best Book, Best Paper, Best Student Paper. Acceptance is based on a double blind peer-review and decisions by the conference governing committee. Most of the conference will be held in Hebrew. Non-Hebrew speaking scholars and students are welcome to present their papers or panels in English. Deadline for submission: December 1, 2016 Notification of acceptance: January 1, 2017 Deadline for final paper submission: March 1, 2017

Accommodation and Sightseeing: Sapir Academic College is located in South Israel, 75 kilometers from Tel Aviv. It can be reached by train and buses. ISCA and the College will assist foreign participants to find appropriate accommodation near the college or in Tel Aviv, and in arranging sightseeing tours. For all inquiries, please contact ISCA’s Secretary Mr. Ori Malkin: 2

1. Individual Papers: a. Abstract of 800 to 1500 words in English or Hebrew. The abstract should not include any recognizable details of the author(s). The abstract should indicate whether it refers to an empirical or a theoretical paper. b. Abstract of an empirical paper needs to include the following: i. Theoretical background. ii. Research design and methods. iii. Findings. iv. Contributions to research in communication. v. Selected Bibliography (up to one page, not included in the word count), according to APA guidelines. c. Abstract of a theoretical paper needs to include the following: i. Theoretical background. ii. Contributions to research in communication. iii. Main theoretical arguments. iv. Selected Bibliography up to one page, not included in the word count, according to APA guidelines. d. On a separate sheet, please state the following: title of the paper, name(s) of author(s), affiliation and contact information. In addition, please indicate whether the paper was already presented elsewhere. e. Upon acceptance for presentation at the conference, the authors will be asked to submit their full presentation/paper to the panel’s chair by March 1, 2017.
2. Thematic panels: a. Thematic panel typically includes 4 presenters, a chair and a discussant. b. Please provide brief description of the topic and its importance (500 words) and abstracts (800-1500 words) for each of the papers. These abstracts should not include any recognizable details of the authors. 3 c. On a separate sheet, please state the following: title of the paper, name(s) of author(s), affiliation and contact information. In addition, please indicate whether the paper was already presented elsewhere.
3. Roundtables: a. Roundtable is a panel on a specific communication topic. It typically includes 5-6 participants, a chair and a discussant. Participants are not required to submit papers. It may include both scholars and professionals such as journalists, spokespersons, or PR experts. b. A roundtable proposal should include a topic, an abstract (500 words) explaining the topic’s importance and the expected contributions of the panel to communication research, affiliations and contact details for all the participants.

4. New Books: a. ISCA members who published a book in the fields of media and communication during 2016-2017, may apply for the new books panel. b. Each proposal should include the book’s table of contents. c. Authors will present their books in the new books panel.

1. Best Book: ISCA members who published scholarly books in Hebrew or English during 2016-2017 are invited to apply for ISCA’s best book award. Applicants should submit a digital copy of the book.
2. Best Paper: This award will be given to researchers whose paper receives the highest score in the individual paper track.
3. Best Student Paper: This award will be given to research student whose individual paper receives the highest score in the individual paper track. A paper written by a research student together with a faculty member is eligible for this award.

Additional Guidelines
1. Applicants are allowed to propose up to two papers. In case both papers are accepted for presentation at the conference, the author can present only one of them, unless the second paper is co-authored.
2. All proposals will undergo a blind review by at least two reviewers. Selection of papers for presentation in the conference is based on these reviews and final decisions by the conference committee.
3. All participants are required to pay the conference registration and membership fees. Link for registration and membership is
All proposals and abstracts should be sent via electronic form, available at:
If you have any questions, special needs or require special assistance to participate the ISCA event, please contact the ISCA secretary, Mr. Ori Malkin:

Deadline for submission: December 1, 2016
We look forward to seeing you at Sapir Academic College, Israel
The conference committee:
Prof. Eytan Gilboa (Chair), Dr. Orly Soker, Dr. Lea Mandelzis


Call for Presentations: NAPH Conference 2017

I’m pleased to announce that the 2017 NAPH Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture will be held at New York University, NY on June 27-29, 2017.
 Members who are interested in organizing thematic panels, a seminar, or a colloquium and/or in presenting an individual paper or conduct 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, 2016.
 For a description of the conference and submission instructions in English, click HERE or visit our website and navigate to “Upcoming Conference” page. For a description and instructions in Hebrew click HERE.
 We’ll be looking forward to seeing you in June in the NYU Greenwich Village Campus.
 Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen
Conference Coordinator


Conference Call for Papers
Religions and their Ways of Coping with Secularization and
Modernization: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

The academic committee of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews
Christians Muslims (JCMcenter) is inviting scholars to submit proposals for the
Center's Sixth Annual Meeting, which will take place at the Open University campus
in Ra’anana on 21-22 December 2016.
If, until several decades ago, it looked as if processes of secularization are onedirectional
and irreversible, and that religion is continually losing its dominance and is
forced to adapt itself to the modern and secular spirit, later developments have
significantly changed the picture. So much so, that it now appears as if the very
reverse has become true, that secularization is now receding and finding itself forced
to compromise with the rise of religious currents and movements endowed with
renewed vigor and assertiveness, in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The question of
the relationship between religion and secularism is therefore of enormous
importance, both historical and contemporary.
The committee invites scholars from diverse disciplines to give 20 minutes talks
addressing different facets of the interaction between religion and secularization.
Preference will be given to lectures offering a comparative perspective in which two
religions, at least, will be queried with regards, for example, to the following themes:
Historical trends in the approaches of the three religions to secularization and
modernization: responses to secularization throughout its different phases,
from the early modern period to the present
The weakening of religion as a result of secularization and modernization:
motivations, extent, periodizing
Returns to religion: do they stem from failures and inadequacies of secular
modernization? And if so, of what nature: cultural, existential, material,
Religious fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. To what extent
the religion to which believers come back is indeed the “fundament” of the
original religion? Or is it a religious belief which has substantially transformed
itself in response to secularization?
Moderation of religion in response to modernization and to secular trends
Failure to deal with modernization and secularization: tendencies of
introversion and withdrawal vis-à-vis changing realities
Institutional and theological innovations as a response to modernization
Religion, secularization and post-colonialism
Religion, secularization and violence
Relevant case-studies of religion and secularization: Israel, Iran, Egypt, The
United States, Poland, etc. What can be learned from comparing them? Do
they mutually influence each other? Is their respective extremism interlinked?
Religion and religious identity as a weapon in geo-political struggles: from the
“clash of civilizations” and the “Judeo-Christian” alliance, to the “Islamic state”
Please submit 200-250 word abstracts, containing the main arguments and indicating
the chosen methodology to:
Deadline for submission: 26 October, 2016


Call for Papers – Australian Association for Jewish Studies
The 29th AAJS Conference, 12-13 February 2017
Narratives and Counter-Narratives: Jews, Nation and Nationhood


2017 is the anniversary of several landmark events in Jewish history. The Balfour Declaration of 1917, the partition plan of 1947 and the Six Day War of 1967 comprise                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  only a few modern examples of events whose legacies demand a re-examination of the concepts and practice of nation and peoplehood in the longue durée of Jewish history. An examination of the narratives and counter narratives in which these concepts are couched provide a compelling framework to examine their importance for understanding the Jewish past and also to delineate and assess their ongoing resonance in and for the present.  
Debates as to what constitutes the ‘People Israel’ stretch back to antiquity, with biblical notions of who the Israelites were and what their communal obligations entailed fundamental to their identity and self-understanding. Yet, the Talmudic ideal of Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh (all Israel is responsible for each other) has often been sorely tested by the travails of Jewish history. In times of persecution, the framework of peoplehood has been pushed to its limits, and dissention among Jewry has left indelible marks. Collaboration and betrayal, both real and perceived, have pushed the limits of group identity and cohesion. Yet despite these conflicts, peoplehood has prevailed as a lasting and distinctive component of both ancient and modern Jewish identities.
The theme of AAJS Sydney, Narratives and Counter-Narratives: Jews, Nation and Nationhood invites exploration of notions of the nation, peoplehood, intra-communal conflict and Klal Yisrael from all perspectives, including but not limited to the topics of nationhood and identity, society, literature, art, philosophy, language, religious, ancient and modern connections to the Land and State of Israel, the concept and practice of Klal Yisrael and the experience of peoplehood in extremis, particularly with regard to the period of the Holocaust.
Narratives and Counter-Narratives: Jews, Nation and Nationhood convenes 12-13 February 2017 at the Sydney Jewish Museum, 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010. The University of Sydney’s Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies will host the conference in partnership with the Sydney Jewish Museum.
Please submit your paper proposal by the new extended deadline (original deadline was 22 August) of Monday 12 September 2016 to the convenor: Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod: Notice of acceptance will be sent out by 30 September 2016.
 Submissions must include the following:
• Postal and email address
• Abstract of the paper to be presented (no more than 250 words)
• Short biographical note (no more than 50 words).
AAJS encourages students engaged in academic research to submit proposals based on their work to the conference committee.
Authors should clearly indicate their student status on their submission. Presenters are also invited to submit written articles for consideration for publication in the Australian Journal for Jewish Studies. Communication about the conference should be sent electronically to Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod and Dr Avril Alba via Email: and
Conference Committee:
Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod, AAJS President, Conference co-convener
Dr Avril Alba, Conference co-convener
Professor Emerita Suzanne Rutland OAM
Dr Jan Lanicek


 The Kibbutz: Ideal, Crisis, Renewal”,  American University, Washington, DC
October 27th, 2016

Travel Subsidies for Junior Faculty Available
Scholars are invited to attend “The Kibbutz: Ideal, Crisis, Renewal”, an international academic conference on October 27th, 2016 at American University in Washington, DC.  A limited number of travel subsidies are available for junior faculty and advanced graduate students.  Applications for travel subsidies are due September 15, 2016.  Notifications will be made on a rolling basis by September 25, 2016.  The conference is sponsored by American University’s Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program.  
Conference Chairs:
Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, American University and Chair   of Jewish History and Culture, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich
   Pamela Nadell, Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender Studies, American University
Conference Proposal:
In early Israeli society, the kibbutz stood for the New Jew working the land with his or her own hands and building up collective agricultural settlements all over the Land of Israel. Even though the kibbutz population never constituted more than a small portion of the Yishuv, it was revered as the vanguard of Israeli society, and many prominent Israelis grew up on a kibbutz. Starting in the 1960s, the kibbutzim started to dwindle and become less popular among the general Israeli population. During the 1980s, it seemed that the kibbutz story was over. However, in recent years, the kibbutz has seen an unexpected revival. Today, many Israelis want to live on the kibbutz, but not in its traditional forms. The kibbutz today promises an escape from crowded, tense urban life.
Interestingly, modern research has been slow to pick up this new trend. This conference brings together leading scholars, artists, writers, and activists behind the history and renewal of the kibbutz. We will discuss what the kibbutz meant for the shaping of the nation, how it entered its existential crisis, and the forces behind its contemporary renewal. We will address the kibbutz as a place of encounter among Israelis, Jewish, and also non-Jewish volunteers from around the world. We will discuss the diversities of the kibbutz experience, from religious kibbutzim to the modern urban kibbutz and, remarkably, a shared Israeli-Arab experience. The conference will conclude with a film about the kibbutz that has received much attention in Israel and abroad and discussion with its director, a film historian, and the author of an award-winning kibbutz novel.

Location: The conference will take place at various locations on the campus of American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.  

Link to Detailed Conference Program and Junior Scholar Travel Subsidy Application:

Questions: American University Center for Israel Studies,, 202-885-3780

Laura Katz Cutler
Managing Director, Center for Israel Studies
American University,   Battelle Tompkins T39
Washington DC 20016-8072
202-885-3780 office
301-980-7182 cell
202-885-1318 fax


(Dis)Place: New Directions in the History of Art in Israel
May 17-18, 2017

Art History Department
The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of Arts
Tel Aviv University
Commonly addressed as a narrative that begins in 1906, with the establishment of the Bezalel school of art and crafts in Jerusalem, art history and the historiography of art in Israel are mostly treated from a vertical perspective, that is through a chronologic development in time and space, which creates rigid hierarchies and categorizations. The changes in art history stimulated by the spatial turn provide an opportunity for re-thinking art in Israel during the modern and contemporary period, while also gaining insights from post colonialism; feminist theory and the global turn, as well as the nascent field of Israel studies. This conference aims to revisit basic questions about locality, identity and belonging in relation to the hierarchies of different narratives and the canon of art in Israel, as well as to introduce new questions about space, time and alterity.
The conference aims to map critical strategies and discuss new frameworks for thinking of histories of art and political conditions in Israel while dismantling the borders of that field – imaginary and concrete, thus serving as a venue to contemplate identities of artists working in and outside the state of Israel in an age of globalization and trans-nationalism. Also, an intersectional approach that considers multiple and overlapping identity categories, such as religion and nationality, will serve to discuss Palestinian art in Israel.   
Among the questions critical to the conference are: In what ways have migration and the plurality of cultures in Israel impacted artistic production? How can the developments of art's relation to nationalism in Israel be reconsidered in light of global art history? Has the canon of art in Israel undergone significant revision, and what are its dynamics of inclusion and exclusion? 
The conference aims to carve out new understandings of prevailing narratives while destabilizing established notions of self, state, and belonging. Possible topics for presentations include, but are not limited to art in Israel and:
- Migration and transnationalism
- Ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other identity-related categories
- Peripheries, poly-centers, and power relations in the field
- Gender and feminist theories
- Local queer perspectives
- Materiality and localism
- Scopic regimes, bio-politics, surveillance and agency
- Palestinian art
- Neoliberalism and political structures
- Religion and art
- Collectivity/communality/activism and art
- Pre-statehood art
- Post colonialism
- Artistic movements or institutional agents in the local field
- Historiography of local art
- The international reception of Israeli art/artists.

Scholars in Israel and from around the world are invited to send a proposal of maximum 300 words, along with a short CV, including a list of publications (up to 3 pages).  Please send your proposal to: by November 1, 2016. Notification of speakers will be by December 1, 2016.
Individual presentations will be 20 minutes in duration (a maximum of 2,200 words). Papers will be presented in English.

Conference organizers:
Prof. Assaf Pinkus, The Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University (
Dr. Tal Dekel, The Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University (


The Presidential Election of 2016: Campaign and Results , January 8-10, 2017
Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC, Herzliya, Israel

We invite scholars to submit paper proposals for the second IDC conference on the presidential election of 2016 sponsored by the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, and the Cohen Institute for Leadership &Public Service at the University of Maine.  At the conference, we wish to examine the 2016 presidential campaigns, the election results, and their consequences to American domestic and foreign policy, and to evaluate the Obama presidency at its close. 
The conference will be held at the IDC in Herzliya on January 8-10, 2017.  The format of the conference will be panel and roundtable sessions and special events featuring keynote speakers on the election and on the Obama presidency.  On an additional day, we will offer a guided tour in Israel. 
We welcome papers on any aspect of the 2016 presidential election:  the issues raised during the campaign, their effect on the election results, and how these results will affect US domestic and foreign policies.  In addition, we invite papers assessing the political environment during the Obama administration, especially the relationship between the Obama administration and Congress, the polarization of the political parties, trends in public opinion toward government and the political process, and an evaluation of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
To submit, please send a proposal by September 15, 2016 to the conference committee, at  The proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Letters notifying acceptance to the conference will be sent by October 1.  Participants will be asked to send a full paper or a research note by December 15.  All papers will be posted online and circulated to other conference participants.  We are hoping that selected papers will be published in an edited book on the presidential election.
For additional and most up-to-date information, please visit the conference website at
I hope to see many of you at the conference!
 Amnon Cavari
Chair of the Conference Committee
Conference Committee
Amnon Cavari, IDC, Herzliya
Ken Mayer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Richard Powell, University of Maine
Israel Waismel-Manor, University of Haifa


EAIS 5th Annual Conference on Israel Studies, 2016: 'Rethinking Israel: Borders, Boundaries and Cultures' - Sunday 4 - Tuesday 6 September 2016

The School of Oriental & African Studies (part of the University of London) has kindly offered to host this year’s Annual Conference on Israel Studies. SOAS is located in the heart of London - within walking distance of many iconic sites including Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and the River Thames. We have been fortunate to secure the use of the main campus and have ensured that all activities are contained in two main buildings with rooms that are easy to find for visitors and in close proximity to the Plenary lecture theatre.
In response to delegate feedback we have ensured that all rooms have excellent acoustics, wi-fi access and Audio Visual equipment as standard. All paid-up EAIS members who have been accepted to present a paper at this year’s event are eligible for free admission to the conference. Other delegates pay a Conference delegate fee when registering. Please consult the Membership section of our website for more information about becoming a member of the EAIS:
For more information please visit our website at:


International Conference: American-Israeli Relations through Multidisciplinary Lenses,
11-13 September 2016, University of Sussex, Brighton UK

The Israeli - American relations has attracted a great deal of academic public attention. Despite the great interest, the existing research on this topic concentrates mainly on the diplomatic relations between the two countries, with a heavy America-centric proclivity. However, there is more to those relations than this.
The Chair in Modern Israel Studies, the Center for Jewish – German Studies, The Centre for Middle East and North Africa (MENACS), and the American Studies Department at the University of Sussex, are organizing an international workshop that will be dedicated to the study of the various facets of US-Israel relations. Scholars interested in participating in the workshop should send a 300-word proposal and a brief curriculum vita to the following email address: by January 31, 2016. We seek original work that can be revised for publication. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to the following:

- US- Israel relations in global context
- Social and cultural aspects of the American – Israeli relations.
- American – Israeli relations as a mutual process.
- US in Israel and Israel in the US –ideological and religious aspects.
- Israel, the United States and the Bible
- People and ideas behind the Israeli-American relations.
- Migration
- American Jews and Israel
- Israel and American Jews
- The American and Zionist dreams

We welcome proposals from all disciplines and particularly encourage comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. Our intention is to publish an edited book based on the workshop papers. Deadline for submission of paper proposals (abstracts): 31 January 2016. Selection of paper proposals: 31 March 2016.Pre-circulation of summary papers to discussants: 30 July 2016. If you have questions or enquiries, please contact Gideon Reuveni ( or David Tal (


Israel Studies Books:  Indiana University Press Series on Israel

Building on years of experience with the journal Israel Studies and related publications (An Israel Studies Book), Indiana University Press is expanding its commitment to this area by launching a new monograph series. Like the journal and its related books, these volumes will represent groundbreaking multidisciplinary scholarship on Israeli history, politics, society, and culture. Temporal boundaries will extend to the pre-state period, although emphasis will be placed on the State of Israel. Due recognition may also be given to events and phenomena in diaspora communities as they affect the Israeli state and society. This new series is sponsored by the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.
We invite proposals of original and previously unpublished research in all fields of the
humanities and social sciences relevant to the study of modern Israel.
Send a book prospectus rather than a full-length manuscript. This will allow us to quickly assess our interest in your work. Inform us if your manuscript is being considered simultaneously by another press. Manuscripts should be submitted in English
A cover letter outlining:
• The current state of the manuscript and expected date of completion.
• The contribution and innovation of your manuscript.
• How your book differs from others in the field. Include details of the most relevant titles,
indicating their relative strengths and weaknesses.
• Central themes, concepts and ideas that your manuscript develops.
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