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AJS Member News is a forum for sharing the accomplishments of AJS Members.  News will be featured on the AJS homepage, with space for more information below.

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Rebecca Kobrin awarded the Wasserman Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society
Professor Rebecca Kobrin awarded the Wasserman Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society for the outstanding article in American Jewish History for 2013 for "Destructive Creators: Sender Jarmulowsky and Financial Failure in the Annals of American Jewish History." Volume 97, number 2, 2013  Kobrin is Russell and Bettina Knapp Assistant Professor of American Jewish History at Columbia University.
Posted on 3/4/14

Angela Roskop Erisman awarded a 2014 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award
Angela Roskop Erisman's The Wilderness Itineraries: Genre, Geography, and the Growth of Torah (Eisenbrauns 2011) has been awarded a Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for 2014. Erisman is the Managing Director of Hebrew Union College Press.
Posted on 2/21/14

New book: The Bible's Many Voices by Michael Carasik,675820.aspx

The Bible's Many Voices

Michael Carasik

“An engaging presentation of the most current scholarship about the Jewish Bible. Carasik’s description of the numerous voices, which speak in its pages, illumines their teachings, illustrates their origin, and clarifies their relationships with each other and the world from which they emerged.”—Frederick E. Greenspahn, Gimelstob Eminent Scholar of Judaic Studies, Florida Atlantic University
Posted on 2/21/14

Marina Rustow & Eve Krakowski ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship Recipients
The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships. The eight teams of scholars that were selected for funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate the creative potential of collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences.

"The 2014 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellows put on display the wide range of collaborative projects that scholars pursue in the humanities and related social sciences today," said ACLS Program Officer Matthew Goldfeder. “The program will support some joint projects that are possible only due to the different specializations each collaborator brings to the project, and others where team members will work to synthesize viewpoints and explanations across disparate fields.”

The diversity of this year’s collaborations includes projects that combine deep expertise in fields such as linguistics, geography, history, literature, and visual studies. That diversity also extends to modes of dissemination, with several of this year’s collaborations foreseeing both print and digital outcomes.

Historian Marina A. Rustow (Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University) and Judaic studies scholar Eve Krakowski (Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University) are devising new methods to analyze a trove of medieval Jewish and Islamic government and administrative texts preserved in the Cairo Geniza, to produce a co-authored print handbook that will help spur a new approach to Islamic institutional history and serve as a resource for future scholars.

Investigating how the aesthetic representation and politics of resource governance combined to shape potable water and drainage projects in early twentieth-century Mexico City, geographer Jeffrey M. Banister (Assistant Research Social Scientist, University of Arizona) and art historian Stacie G. Widdifield (Professor, University of Arizona) will co-author a monograph and also develop a website for further interdisciplinary exchanges on water and its representation.<

English literature scholar George Edmondson (Associate Professor, Dartmouth College) and German studies scholar Klaus Mladek (Associate Professor, Dartmouth College) will track and revitalize a tradition of melancholic thinking—one both mournful and jubilant, attuned to grief but at the same time an engine of political transformation—from its origin in Greek philosophy through its resurgence in medieval and early modern writers to twentieth-century thinkers in their proposed monograph, A Politics of Melancholia.

Linguist Lisi Oliver (Professor, Louisiana State University) and English literature scholar Stefan Jurasinski (Associate Professor, State University of New York, College at Brockport) will publish an accessible, critical edition of the numerous laws issued by King Alfred the Great in ninth-century England, and show how and where they were indebted to and diverged from prior legal and ecclesiastical traditions.

In Serving the Nation, Safeguarding the Home: Civil Defense, Citizenship, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Britain, historians Susan R. Grayzel (Professor, University of Mississippi) and Lucy Noakes (Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton) explore how a modern, imperial state came to terms with modern total warfare, and how the changing impact of warfare shaped gendered notions of citizenship.

Literature scholar Allison Renée Busch (Associate Professor, Columbia University) and art historian Molly Emma Aitken (Associate Professor, City University of New York, City College) will combine insights from literary and visual depictions of ideal women to shed new light on the overlapping Muslim and Hindu cultural realms in sixteenth- through nineteenth-century India in their co-authored monograph, Aesthetic Worlds of the Indian Heroine.

Historians Rebecca Jo Plant (Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego) and Frances M. Clarke (Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney) plan to reveal how the participation of child soldiers in U.S. wars from the American Revolution to WWII reflected and redefined understandings of childhood itself in a co-authored series of articles and monograph.

Focusing on place-based struggles in British Columbia, New Zealand, and Kansas, geographers Jay T. Johnson (Associate Professor, University of Kansas) and Soren C. Larsen (Associate Professor, University of Missouri) will co-author a book exploring how the ongoing tensions between Indigenous groups and non-Indigenous communities and governments are transforming the places and politics of settler states in the twenty-first century.

See the ACLS website for further information about this year’s eight funded projects.

ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies are central to our work.
Posted on 2/21/14

Jennie Grillo awarded a 2014 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award
Jennie Grillo's The Story of Israel in the Book of Qohelet: Ecclesiastes as Cultural Memory (OUP, 2012), has been awarded a Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for 2014.
Posted on 2/18/14

New book of Hebrew poetry by AJS member Samuel Robert Whitehill
Whitehill's new book of Hebrew poetry, published by Hakibbutz Hameuchad, is entitled, Tap Dancing Through Black Holes. For details, please click here.
Posted on 2/18/14

Elissa Bemporad wins 2013 National Jewish Book Award
Elissa Bemporad wins National Jewish Book Award for her book Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013).
Posted on 2/4/14

Melissa R. Klapper of Rowan University wins 2013 National Jewish Book Award
Dr. Melissa R. Klapper of Rowan University has been awarded the 2013 National Jewish Book Award for her book Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American  Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1920 (NYU Press, 2013).
Posted on 2/4/14

AJS Members are Named Winners, Finalists for National Jewish Book Award
AJS Members Elissa Bemporad, Hasia R. Diner, Gennady Estraikh, Maureen Jackson, Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, Jeremy Dauber, Ephraim Kanarfogel, Steven T. Katz, Erica T. Lehrer, Andrea Most, Maxim D. Shrayer ,Nina S. Spiegel are named winners and finalists for 2013 National Jewish Book Award. For details please click here.
Posted on 2/4/14

Scott Ury of Tel Aviv University Awarded Zelnik Book Prize by ASEEES
Scott Ury’s Barricades and Banners: The Revolution of 1905 and the Transformation of Warsaw Jewry (Stanford University Press, 2012) was recently awarded the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the field of history in 2012 by the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, ASEEES.
Posted on 2/4/14

Nathaniel Deutsch, Ephraim Kanarfogel, and David Shneer Named 2013 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Recipients
For details, please click here.
Posted on 11/26/13

Four AJS Members Are Finalists for the 2014 Rohr Prize in Non-Fiction
Sarah Bunin Benor, author of Becoming Frum (Rutgers University Press); Marni Davis, author of Jews and Booze (NYU Press); Eliyahu Stern, author of The Genius (Yale University Press); and Nina S. Spiegel, author of Embodying Hebrew Culture (Wayne State University Press). All finalists for the Rohr Prize are instated as fellows in the Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute, an annual gathering of Sami Rohr winners, contenders, judges, and advisors.
Posted on 10/9/13

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper Receives Fulbright Senior Scholar Award
Hahn Tapper will be conducting research in Australia for his project "The Apology and Comparative Forgiveness."
Posted on 9/9/13