Taub Center Graduate Student Workshops

The Taub Center organizes monthly workshops for graduate students and faculty in the field of Israel Studies at NYU and other universities in the tri-state area. The regional workshops are an opportunity for students and faculty to present and discuss their respective areas of research.  The workshops also serve as an important forum for networking and strengthening the field of Israel Studies. In addition to NYU students, participants have included scholars and students from Columbia University, CUNY, Princeton, Rutgers, and SUNY, among others.  If you are a graduate student and wish to join our workshops, please e-mail:  fas.taubcenter@nyu.edu for registration information.

 

Spring 2017



Friday -  March 3, 2017

14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor
10am-2pm

Breakfast 10 - 10:30

Kosher food will be served


First Presentation >

Moti Gigi, Sapir Academic College / NYU Taub Visiting Scholar

"Development Towns ( Ayarot Pitu'ah) & Kibbutzim in Israel: Power Relations or Co-operation? The case of Sderot and Regional Council's of  Sha'ar-Hanegev, 1950-2012"


Bio: Dr. Moti Gigi is a lecturer and academic advisor in the Department of Communications at Sapir Academic College. His primary areas of interest span the sociology of center and periphery, ethnicity, development towns and kibbutzim, the sociology of Israeli politics and mass media. Moti joined the Department of Communications at Sapir College in 2001, and was nominated as senior staff member in 2011. Moti has a PhD in sociology from Ben-Gurion University. His dissertation examines the power relations of development towns and Kibbutzim from 1950-2012, focusing on Sderot and Sha'ar- Hanegev Regional Council.


Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

Kosher food will be served


Second Presentation >

Elad Popovich, Israel Institute / Columbia University

"The State of Israel vs. Israeli Nationality: Is there an Israeli Nationality? and Why is the State of Israel Opposing it? (Israel Studies, Jewish Studies, and Israeli Law Comparative Analysis)"


Bio: Elad Popovich is a Research Fellow in the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs. Elad is attorney-at-law and serves as a Representative to the United Nations for the The International Association of Jewish Lawyers (IAJLJ) and on the Israel Bar Association’s military and security national committee. He is also an associate fellow at Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. Elad previously served as secretary and an executive committee member of the Association of Civil-Military Scholars in Israel. Dr. Popovich earned his Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Haifa. Specializing in asymmetric conflict, his publications include “From Warfare to Imagefare: How States Manage Asymmetric Conflicts with Extensive Media Coverage” (Terrorism and Political Violence, 2014 – Ami Ayalon and Moran Yarchi).

*Reserved for Graduate Students, Faculty and Visiting Scholars*



Friday -  March 31, 2017

14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor
10am-2pm

Breakfast 10 - 10:30

Kosher food will be served


First Presentation >


Omri Shafer Raviv, Hebrew University

"The Military Occupation and its Social Science Tools, 1967-68."


Bio:  Omri Shafer Raviv is a PhD candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he also completed his B.A and M.A in history. Currently he is the 2016-2017 George L. Mosse Fellow to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation examines the Israeli administration in the Occupied Territories between 1967-1973, based on de-classified archival material. He focuses on the policies, practices and plans carried out by Israeli state ministries, the newly established military government, and other state-related organizations.


Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

Kosher food will be served


Second Presentation >

Guy Ziv, School of International Service at American University 

"Generals vs. Netanyahu: The Israeli Security Community's Push for a Two-State Solution"


Bio: Dr. Guy Ziv is an assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), where he teaches courses on foreign policy decision-making, U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, and international negotiations. He is the author of Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel, published by SUNY Press in 2014, with an updated paperback version published in 2015. Ziv has a background in policy, having worked on Capitol Hill and for Israel Policy Forum, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that promotes American efforts aimed at resolving the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals, blogs, and newspapers, including The Baltimore Sun, CNN.com, Haaretz, The Hill, The Jerusalem Post, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and USA Today.


*Reserved for Graduate Students, Faculty and Visiting Scholars*



Fall 2016



Friday -  October 7, 2016

14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor
10am-2pm

Breakfast 10 - 10:30

Kosher food will be served


First Presentation >

Gil Shalom Rubin, Columbia University

"Minority Rights, Population Transfers and the Predicament of the 1940s: Vladimir Jabotinsky's Last Year"


Bio: Gil Rubin is completing his PhD in history at Columbia University. His publications include  "From Federalism to Binationalism: Hannah Arendt's Shifting Zionism" (Contemporary European History, 2015) and "The End of Minority Rights: Jacob Robinson and the 'Jewish Question' in World War II" (Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook, 2012)


Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

Kosher food will be served


Second Presentation >

Shayna Zamkanei, University of Chicago

"Rebranding the Jewish Refugee"


Bio: Shayna Zamkanei is a Fellow at the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Prior to this, she earned a BA from McGill University, an MA from the University of Windsor, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Zamkanei studies the impact of dislocation on Middle Eastern Jewish communities in the United States and Israel. Her areas of research include diaspora studies, identity politics, and religion and politics. Her most recent study was published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Currently, she is working on a manuscript about the diaspora formation of Jews from Arab countries.

*Reserved for Graduate Students, Faculty and Visiting Scholars*



Friday -  December 2, 2016

14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor
10am-2pm

Breakfast 10 - 10:30

Kosher food will be served


First Presentation >

Rakefet Zalashik, University of Edinburgh

When Jews Feel Homesick: Nostalgia in Israel


Bio: Rakefet Zalashik is a post-doctorate at the Department of Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh. She is the author of two books  Olim, Immigrants and Refugees and the Israeli Psychiatric Establishment (HaKibutz Hameukhad, 2008), Das Unselige Erbe: Psychiatrie in Palaestina/ Israel (Kampus, 2012) and of many articles on migration, trauma and gender in Israel, on bioethics and the Holocaust and on the transfer of scientific knowledge from Europe and Nazi Germany by medical refugees.


Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

Kosher food will be served


Second Presentation >

Nahum Karlinsky, Ben-Gurion University/Boston University

"Israel Studies and the Crises of Israeli Identity"


Bio: Nahum Karlinsky is a faculty member at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University, Israel and currently also a visiting associate professor at Boston University's Eli Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. Among his publications are: Counter History: The Hasidic Epistles from Eretz-Israel – Text and Context (Yad Ben-Zvi, 1998), California Dreaming: Ideology, Society and Technology in the Citrus Industry of Palestine 1890-1939 (SUNY, 2005), Economy and Society in Mandatory Palestine, 1918-1948 (eds. With Avi Bareli), "Jaffa and Tel Aviv before 1948: The Underground Story", Maoz Azaryahu and S. Ilan Troen (eds.), Tel-Aviv at 100: Myths, Memories and Realities (2012), and “The Field of Israel Studies and the Crises of Israeli Identity” (forthcoming).
He is currently finishing writing a book, jointly with Prof. Mustafa Kabha, on the Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry up to the Nakba (social, economic and ideological aspects).


*Reserved for Graduate Students, Faculty and Visiting Scholars*




Past Graduate Workshop Seminars


2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

2007-2008

2006-2007

2005-2006