Seminar focus: Jewish Perspectives of Gender and Immigration​

Jewish tradition requires that we welcome the stranger within our midst.  Jewish history is replete with responses to the challenge of exile and refugee status. The HBI seeks to support work that explores how these themes intersect with gender from a range of disciplinary perspectives.  This might include how gender shaped the way that the state of Israel integrated refugees after the Holocaust, how the contemporary state welcomes refugees from war, poverty and persecution or how Jewish legal or normative perspectives should condition responses to other nation’s policies regarding immigration.  

The 2018 spring semester HBI Scholar in Residence Program is open to scholars and artists working on projects unrelated to the seminar focus which explore fresh ideas about Jews and gender. Though, applicants applying specifically to participate in the seminar will receive preference.

Program Structure:

Participants will have the opportunity to share their work in progress with other seminar participants at luncheon seminars, in Brandeis departmental colloquia and as guest lecturers in Brandeis classes.  Participants will be asked to write about their work for the HBI blog and to give a public talk during their tenure.

The accepted program participants will receive a monthly stipend to support her/his research. In addition, participants will receive (shared) office space at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and access to all available Brandeis University resources.

SIRs may also contribute to the HBI’s Donna Sudarsky Memorial Working Paper Series, or write for the HBI blog, Fresh Ideas from HBI.

Participants are invited to take part in all HBI activities, but they are not required to do so.

Eligibility Requirements:

Open to applicants regardless of gender or religion.  Applications from outside the United States and North America are welcome.

Application Requirements: 

Please submit each of the following items through the online application.

Letter of introduction
Project abstract
Project proposal
Literature review (if appropriate)
Curriculum Vitae
Three professional letters of reference
Writing sample (10 page maximum)
Three suggested topics for a public and/or academic lecture (note that these are only tentative topics and may be changed if deemed appropriate by both the HBI and the scholar.)
Statement explaining where you learned about this opportunity.

Submitting Proposals & Deadline:

In addition to completing the online form, applicants should send hard copies of all attachments to:

Debby Olins
Program Manager
The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
MS 079
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Application deadline: Thursday, July 6, 2017