The HBI scholar-in-residence program offers distinguished scholars, writers and communal professionals the opportunity to produce significant work in the area of Jewish studies and gender issues while being freed from their regular institutional responsibilities. HBI scholars-in-residence receive a monthly stipend (for up to 5 months), office space at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, and the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with HBI staff and faculty at Brandeis and surrounding institutions. Scholars-in-residence contribute to the life of the HBI by immersing in the institute’s weekly activities, participating in HBI conferences and programs, and delivering a public lecture.
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Dalia Wassner earned her doctorate in history at Northeastern University in May 2012. Her dissertation, "Argentine Intellectuals as Harbingers of Modernity: The Democratization Projects of Marcos Aguinis," studies the multi-faceted civic and literary portfolio of a Jewish Latin American intellectual and his efforts to promote inclusive and participatory democracy in Argentina in the post-dictatorship period. Prior to her doctorate, she earned her A.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, master's degrees in both history and Latin American studies at Stanford University, and an M.Phil. in Jewish studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
During her residency at the HBI, Wassner's research will focus on three Argentine Jewish women's responses to national moments of violence through literature, film and satirical journals that are noteworthy as both historical products and as cultural and political agents of change.
Dr. Inbar Raveh is a scholar of rabbinical literature (aggadah) and of modern Hebrew literature, in addition to being a poet. Her recent academic focus has been examining the Legends of the Sages through a gendered lens. Dr. Raveh is a fellow at the Interdisciplinary Program for Gender Studies at Bar Ilan University and a lecturer in the Program for Talmud and Ancient Hebrew Literature at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Raveh completed her latest study, On Their Own: Feminist Readings in Rabbinic Literature (Resling, forthcoming) while a research fellow and participant in the Seder Nashim program for Jewish and Gender Studies at the Hartmann Institute (2009-2011). Her current project applies Irigaray’s conception of femininity as fluidity to rabbinical literature. While at the HBI, she will focus on examining instances of weeping as opportunities for rethinking gender distinctions.