Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity" call for papers

YIISA: The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism


The International Association for the Study of Antisemitism (IASA)

For The Upcoming Conference

"Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity"

Monday, August 23rd – Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Yale University, New Haven, CT

The International Association for the Study of Antisemitism (IASA) is a newly formed professional association, which aims to represent scholars and intellectuals engaged in the study of antisemitism across the globe regardless of school of thought, scientific approach, academic discipline or ideological view. Created to advance knowledge pertaining to the origins and manifestations of antisemitism, IASA recognizes the aspirations of scholars in all disciplines.

Antisemitism is one of the most complex and, at times, perplexing forms of hatred. It spans history, infecting different societies, religious and philosophical movements, and even civilizations. In the aftermath of the Shoah, some contend that antisemitism illustrates the limitations of the Enlightenment and modernity itself. In the contemporary context of globalized relations it appears that antisemitism has taken on new and changing forms that need to be decoded, mapped and critiqued. In fact, given the rise of current genocidal antisemitic discourse as a social movement, and the limited response to it by the human rights community, this could point to a possible crisis of modernity. This conference aims to explore this discursive phenomenon from an interdisciplinary approach.

IASA will host its inaugural international conference at Yale University, in conjunction with the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA). IASA is now accepting papers to be presented at this conference as well as proposals for panels. Please send proposals toinfo@iasa-anti.org by Monday, May 17, 2010. For more information please email Ulrike
Becker at ulrike.becker@yale.edu or email / call Lauren Clark at
203.432.5239, lauren.clark@yale.edu.

Conference registration is now open. Registration fees are $150; Senior Citizens - $100; Students - $75. Under exceptional circumstances fees may be waived. Checks may be made payable to the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) and mailed to YIISA/IASA Conference, 77 Prospect Street, P.O. Box 208209, New Haven, CT 06520. For more information regarding registration please contact info@iasa-anti.org or 203.432.5239.

This conference is being organized in conjunction with the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research, University of Cape Town, and The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, as well as other institutions.

More information: www.iasa-anti.org and www.yale.edu/yiisa

Colonial Conspiracies: Dorian Bell

The Department of Literature, UC Santa Cruz
cordially invites you to a talk by

Dorian Bell
Assistant Professor of French
Department of French and Italian
University of California, Irvine

“Colonial Conspiracies: Literature, Empire, and the Fashioning of French Anti-Semitism”

3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Room 210, Humanities Building 1
University of California, Santa Cruz

Professor Bell’s research interests are in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and intellectual history; the Realist and Naturalist novel; histories of empire and anti-Semitism; colonial memory; literature and science; and film studies.

A reception will immediately follow the talk.

All are welcome.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Two Resources

... announced via the Jewish Faculty Roundtable


Compact Memory - Deutsch-jüdische Literaturgeschichte im Web
[Explanation found at primary-sources.eui.eu]

[A] project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft which aims
to make the most important German-Jewish periodicals from the 19th
and 20th century, until the Nazi rise to power in 1933, accessible
on the internet. Over 100 periodicals can be consulted online,
chosen from around 5000 Jewish titles that were published in
Germany. There is extensive documentation about the project,
selection criteria used and technical aspects. The periodicals can
be browsed by title or searched by keyword. A number of titles is
available for full text search. Each page is offered in several



Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), Feb. 12, 2010

Thousands of Jewish books and cultural objects are to be placed
online after a European project received 1.5 million euros (2
million dollars) of EU funding, Frankfurt's Goethe University
announced on Friday.

The initiative, led by the London-based European Association for
Jewish Culture, will be coordinated by Frankfurt's university
library which holds one of the largest European collections of
Jewish books and artifacts.

Institutions in Athens, Bologna, Budapest, Paris, Rome and Warsaw
will also cooperate in the project, which aims to digitalize Jewish
books, magazines, photographs and other cultural documents scattered
across Europe.

The material is to be available online from the year 2011, for
anyone with a personal or professional interest in Jewish history
and culture, according to the project leaders.

Before World War II, Frankfurt Library already owned a large
collection of Jewish books, most of which had been bequeathed by
Jewish citizens.

The library now holds more than 20,000 Jewish books, collected from
the middle of the 19th Century onwards. Many of these have been
digitally captured in recent years.

The project, entitled Judaica Europeana, is also aimed at
documenting the rebirth of Jewish life in Europe.

"In many European cities a lively Jewish life exists again, and in
the last few decades there has been renewed interest in Jewish
culture in Europe," said Rachel Heuberger, who heads the Frankfurt

Frankfurt university claims to hold Germany's largest accumulation
of Judaica and Hebrew literature, and one of the most important
collections worldwide.


The project is led by the European Association for Jewish Culture,

Judaica Sammlung der Universitätsbibliothek der Goethe Universität,

Alliance Israélite Universelle, Paris
Amitié, Centre for Research and Innovation, Bologna
British Library, London
Hungarian Jewish Archives, Budapest
Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
The Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens
The Jewish Museum London
Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Rome

Associate Partners
MAKASH, Israel
Central Zionist Archive, Jerusalem
Paris Yiddish Centre - Medem Library