CENTER FOR ADVANCED HOLOCAUST STUDIES
CALL FOR APPLICANTS
2010 Summer Research Workshop
June 16-25, 2010
Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust
The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (CAHS) of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is pleased to invite applications for a workshop on Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust, scheduled for June 16-25, 2010 at the USHMM in Washington, DC. Established in 1999, the Center’s Summer Research Workshop program provides an environment in which groups of scholars working in closely related areas of study—but with limited previous personal interaction—can gather to discuss central research questions or issues; their research methodologies and findings; the major challenges facing their work; and potential future collaborative scholarly ventures.
The objectives of this workshop are to acquaint emerging scholars with the breadth of this rich and diverse subject matter; expose them to new scholarly research on Sephardic Studies and the Holocaust; and consequently provide them with the background knowledge, archival resources, and scholarly networking necessary to initiate or continue work in this underrepresented area. The workshop will be led by two leading scholars in the field, Aron Rodrigue and Daniel Schroeter. Professor Rodrigue is the Eva Chernov Lokey Professor in Jewish Studies and Professor of History at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. He has written extensively on the history and culture of Sephardic Jews, Modern Jewish History, Jews of Modern France, minority identities, and the Ottoman Empire. Professor Schroeter holds the Amos S. Deinard Memorial Chair in Jewish History at the University of Minnesota. His work focuses on the history and culture of Jews in Northern Africa and the Muslim Mediterranean.
The workshop will be divided into seminar and research segments. The seminar portion of the program will address broader issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, such as Ladino language and Sephardic identity; the Sephardic experience in ghettos, camps, and transports; resistance and rescue; and the experience of North African Jews both before and during the war. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be exposed to broad subject matter on both Sephardic life and culture before the war, and the Sephardic experience during the Holocaust. The regions to be considered include Southeastern Europe (Balkans, Bulgaria, Greece) and North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco).
The research portion of the workshop will consist of orientation, exposure, and guided research in the Museum’s extensive archival and other collections. The Museum has significant holdings concerning North Africa, Croatia, Greece, Serbia, the Jewish community of Monastir, as well as newly acquired collections in Ladino and Judeo-Arabic, and selected collections of Sephardic-survivor oral testimonies and Sephardic music. The workshop will also provide specific presentations on selected topics of interest to the field.
The Museum welcomes applications from advanced graduate students, doctoral candidates, post-doctoral scholars, and early career academics who are either conducting or considering research on Sephardic Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies in Sephardic countries or communities, or area studies in countries in which Sephardic Jews resided. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be affiliated with an accredited, degree-awarding institution (baccalaureate, the equivalent, or higher) in North America.
A maximum of fourteen scholars will be selected. Applications must be submitted in English and include: (1) a current CV; (2) a statement addressing the candidate’s specific interest and background (including previous coursework, projects, publications, or language study) in the program’s area of study as well as how the workshop will benefit the candidate’s research; and (3) a supporting letter from an academic advisor, department chair, or dean that addresses the candidate’s qualifications and research as well as his/her potential as a scholar in the field. Participants are required to attend the full duration of the workshop.
For non-local participants, the Center will provide: (1) lodging for the duration of the workshop; and (2) $1,000 toward the cost of travel and other incidental expenses, which will be distributed within 2-4 weeks of the workshop’s conclusion. Local participants will receive a stipend of $200 for the two weeks.
Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than November 23, 2009. Applications should be sent to University Programs, Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024 (Fax: 202-479-9726; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidates will be notified by January 18, 2010. For questions, please contact Dr. Leah Wolfson at email@example.com.
This workshop is made possible through the generosity of The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.
Dr. Leah Wolfson
Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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