Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

The Formation of New Jewish Communities

The Formation of New Jewish Communities: The 4th Biennial Graduate Student Workshop

January 19-20, 2020
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

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Eligibility: Graduate students who have achieved candidacy and are writing a dissertation in modern Jewish Studies. Applicants must have a dissertation chapter ready to share by January 2020.

New deadline to apply! November 15, 2019. 

Description: The workshop will focus on the formation of new Jewish communities in the Americas, Israel, Australia and beyond. The goal is to help situate doctoral students’ research within broader comparative, transnational, and global themes. By drawing together students with diverse perspectives and research interests, the workshop will facilitate productive boundary-pushing conversations about American Jewish history, Israel Studies, and other areas in modern Jewish Studies. This workshop is designed to give advanced graduate students in modern Jewish history a space to discuss their work, explore pedagogy and professionalization, and create an intellectual community. Participants will read and discuss a dissertation chapter with an opportunity for feedback from their peers and facilitators. There will also be sessions on archives, publishing, and the job market. The workshop will be held at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Kosher meals will be provided. Participants traveling from outside the Boston area may receive up to $250 towards travel costs. Housing, if needed, will be provided upon request. 

Facilitators: Jonathan D. Sarna, University Professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University and Yael Zerubavel, Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Emerita, Rutgers University.

Apply: Fill out the online application. You will be asked to upload a CV, a one-page abstract of your dissertation with statement of progress to date, and a letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor.

Questions: Email

American Academy for Jewish Research
American Jewish Historical Society
Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department, Brandeis University
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, Brandeis University