UCLA Center for Jewish Studies Launches Web Based Journal
The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies has launched a new interactive online journal Pe’rush (Hebrew for “interpretation”) http://perush.cjs.ucla.edu/ edited by Professor of History and Center Director David N. Myers. The journal is envisioned as a virtual workshop in which work initially presented at a UCLA conference or seminar can be exposed to a broader scholarly community. A space next to each article allows readers to post comments by page or paragraph, and by so doing, contribute to the improvement of work in progress.
The inaugural issue draws upon research presented at an international symposium on “Jewish Politics and Political Behavior” sponsored by the Center on October 12, 2008 under the auspices of the University of California-University of Utrecht Collaboration. Occasionally, Pe’rush will be opened up as a platform for the exchange of ideas on an issue of contemporary concern, such as a forthcoming roundtable on anti-semitism (featuring Hasia Diner, Michael Meyer, and Ruth Wisse, among others.)
The symposium papers in the first issue are divided into two parts: One set of papers offers large-scale reflections on the relationship between Jews and politics in the modern age with contributions from David Biale (UC Davis), legal theorist Chaim Gans (Tel Aviv) and David N. Myers (UCLA). The second section focuses on an illuminating, though oft-neglected example of Jewish politics in situ: the Dutch case. Bart Wallet (Amsterdam), Ido de Haan (Utrecht), and Karin Hofmeester (Amsterdam/Antwerp) explore aspects of the history of Jews in the Netherlands.
As a whole, these papers represent a rich interlacing of theory and practice in thinking about Jewish politics. Editor David N. Myers expressed the hope “that readers will not only appreciate the insights and nuances of the varied perspectives, but will engage in the act of ‘pe’rush,’ of interpretation, and join in a new and dynamic scholarly conversation in the field of Jewish studies.”
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