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2016 - Association for Jewish Studies 48th Annual Conference Words: 322 words || 
1. Matzkevich, Hernán. "Jewish Messianism and the Influence of Spanish Colonial Literature: The Case of Menasseh ben Israel’s Esperanza de Israel" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies 48th Annual Conference, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, CA, Dec 18, 2016 <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper Proposal
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper considers the influence of the discoveries of the New World on Jewish messianism of the seventeenth century. Amsterdam’s Jewish Community had Iberian roots, and many of the leaders were educated in Spanish universities and were well versed in Spanish culture and literature. Not surprisingly, many written works, including theological texts, were influenced by Spanish sources. The influence discerned is not just stylistic, but explicit reference is made to peninsular figures such as Cervantes, Gongora, and Quevedo.
This paper focuses on a major figure in the Amsterdam community, Menasseh ben Israel [1604-57]. In his Esperanza de Israel [1652] he articulates a vision of Jewish messianism that reflects his own Spanish cultural background. In Menasseh’s text we find copious references to a literature that incorporates the idea of America (recently discovered and navigated) as a land of promise. Such a ‘colonial’ outlook was used and adapted by Menasseh for (Jewish) redemptive and messianic purposes. One of the prerequisites for the coming of the messiah is that the dispersion (diaspora) of the Jews must be truly international and global. Indeed, the in-gathering of the exiles to Jerusalem must be from all parts of the world.
America, the New World, plays an important part in this narrative. A place of marvels never imagined before, America was—according to a traveler’s testimony collected by Menasseh—the place of the lost tribes of Israel. While America was for the Spaniards a site of abundance (and plunder), for Iberian Jews like Menasseh, America was a promise of (the beginning of) messianic redemption.
We here discern an overlap of two distinct discourses: Spanish colonial literature and Jewish messianism. Menasseh ben Israel found in Spanish colonial literature a literary vehicle by which to express the imminence of the messianic promise. This paper argues that Menasseh’s work exemplifies the relationship between Spanish colonial literature and Jewish messianism, specifically revealing the role that the New World plays in traditional Jewish theology.

2008 - The Law and Society Association Words: 240 words || 
2. Katvan, Eyal. "Women in a Man's Toga: The Paradoxical Course of Women's Integration in the Legal Profession In Pre-State Israel and Israel" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Hilton Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 27, 2008 <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: In 1930 two female lawyers were admitted to the Bar in pre-state Israel. From that time until the establishment of the state of Israel (1948), only 42 women lawyers were admitted, compared with 1,300 men. 75 years later, it is possible to view the progress made since women's entry into and integration within the legal profession in Israel from a long-term perspective. This view is based on a comprehensive study, centered on archival material and interviews with most of the first 42 women lawyers or their relatives, and a compilation of individual biographical records. Today, numerical equality has been achieved between male and female lawyers in Israel, as well as an alleged essential equality. Some explain this equality, among other reasons, in women lawyers' distancing themselves from any "feminine" identification or feminist approaches, resulting in the absence of a "different-voice" in the legal arena.

At the center of the proposed presentation I wish to examine these claims against the background of the entry and integration of the first female lawyers in the legal-profession. I will explore the different approaches they used in order to integrate and promote themselves within the profession, while struggling with their domestic and familial duties – e.g., forming and joining women's associations, keeping their maiden names, etc. This perspective will help demonstrate that women lawyers not only tried to act like their male colleagues, but paradoxically employed feminist action in order to become more like men lawyers.

2010 - ISPP 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting Words: 229 words || 
3. Jikeli, Gunther. "Hatred against Israel – Anti-Semitism or anger against acts of the state of Israel?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA, <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <>
Publication Type: Paper (prepared oral presentation)
Abstract: Expressions of hatred against Israel can be rooted in anti-Semitic resentments. However, they have to be distinguished from a critical view on Israel or from anger against Israel for its actions. Scholars have debated the lines of distinction between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism.
The author looks into the question from a different angle. He examines perceptions of the Middle East conflict based on in-depth interviews with 117 young male European Muslims in Berlin, Paris and London.
Particularly for people with Muslim or Arab backgrounds it has been claimed that negative attitudes against Jews are rather expressions of anger against Israel and part of empathy with Palestinians rather than anti-Semitism.
However, the analysis of patterns of argumentation among participants of the research shows that condemnations of Israel are characterized by Manichean perceptions of “the Palestinians” and Israel, demonizing the latter. In these perceptions both sides are not confined to the Middle East conflict: the demonization of Israel is extended to “the Israelis” and “the Jews” and “the Palestinians” are not only seen as a homogeneous group but often denominated as “the Arabs” or “the Muslims.”
The author presents characteristic patterns of argumentation and topoi of hostile views towards Israel among the participants. He argues that these patterns are formed by irrationality and prejudices, indicating underlying anti-Semitic resentments. Events in the Middle East conflict rather serve as trigger than sources for hostile views.

2012 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 467 words || 
4. Cable, Umayyah. "My Bloody Palestine: Gendered Violence and Israel's 'Arisa' Commercials as Metaphor for Israel and Palestine" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Puerto Rico Convention Center and the Caribe Hilton., San Juan, Puerto Rico, <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: Tel Aviv has recently garnered a reputation in the West as on of the world's best gay party destinations. The publicity and media attention surrounding Tel Aviv's new public image is due in large part due to the state of Israel's multimillion dollar public relations and advertising campaigns which have strategically marketed Israel in general, and Tel Aviv in particular, as a gay party oasis for European and American consumers. A prescient example of this type of campaign is the series of commercials for Arisa, a monthly gay male dance party held in Tel Aviv. The commercials feature two male-bodied Israeli performers: a feminine, Orientalized personality named Uriel Yekutiel who often lip synchs in both Arabic and Hebrew and his hyper-masculine, tattooed and violent counterpart, Eliad Cohen. The ongoing plotline of the commercials revolves around the couple's relationship, of which eroticized violence is the primary feature.

On the surface, these commercials can be read as a metaphor for Israel's desired relationship to Palestine: the masculine Israeli state forcing the feminine Palestinian population and territory into bio- and geopolitical submission. A close examination of the commercial's content, the production details, and the context in which they are disseminated and consumed also reveals more damning implications with regards to the state of Israel. Through an application of twentieth century public relations and communication theories to the context and content of the Arisa commercials, a nuanced understanding of Israel's use of LGBT subjectivity and the state's political intentions can be ascertained.

Scholars of twentieth century fascism and the history of sexuality are quick to point out how conceptions of ideal racial citizen-subjectivity is a necessary component for a political regime to be considered fascist. Similarly, numerous leading propaganda theorists and historians have noted that one main characteristic of fascist political regimes lies in a state's sponsorship of consumer advertising and public relations campaigns, which then formally classifies such campaigns as propaganda. With this in mind, it becomes evident that the state of Israel fits the criteria of fascism given its ethnocratic legal stratification both within the state and the Occupied territories, and the state's direct financial sponsorship of consumer advertising for events as seemingly politically mundane as a monthly gay dance party. This combination of aggressive state sponsored transnational PR marketing and consumer advertising with the ethnocentric aims of the state position Israel within the realm of fascism. Furthermore, the gendered violence of the Arisa commercials not only reinforce sexist notions of masculine corporeal dominance over femininity but also serve to normalize the state's politically dominant position vis-à-vis Palestine. This paper will examine how LGBT subjectivity has historically been positioned in relation to fascist political regimes and the larger implications for Palestinian rights amidst a discourse that compartmentalizes and privileges the expression of sexual identity over both gender and race.

2010 - NCA 96th Annual Convention Words: 124 words || 
5. Nasser, Khaled. "Israel in the Arab mind: A Frame Analysis of the Schema of Israel among Readers of Arab News Website" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 96th Annual Convention, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Using qualitative frame analysis, this study investigates how readers of Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya Arabic websites portray the state of Israel as they comment on news related to the Jewish state. The two sites are main sources of information for most Arabs and the comment options they provide enable regular readers from across the Arab world –and beyond– to voice their opinion spontaneously as news unfolds. Comment options provide an interesting medium to study how Arab populations today conceive of the ideas of “Israel” and of the “Middle East conflict.” The study hopes to partially understand the various cognitive frames that help shape the “Israel” schema beyond the simplistic idea of an enemy. The sample includes a composite month, randomly selected throughout the year 2010.

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