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New Issue of the Journal Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History: Holocaust Research and Archives in the Digital Age

The new issue of the journal "Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History" is online. 

The issue, titled Holocaust Research and Archives in the Digital Age, is edited by Laura Brazzo and Reto Speck. 

Scholars and readers are welcome to browse it here: http://www.quest-cdecjournal.it/

Conference: “Agents of Cultural Change: Jewish and Other Responses to Modernity, ca. 1750–1900”

On October 8–10, 2018 the German Historical Institute Washington DC (GHI) will host the concluding conferences German-Israeli research project Innovation through tradition? Jewish Educational Media and Cultural Transformation in the Face of Modernity (http://innovation-through-tradition.ghi-dc.org).

Re: Research Query: Scholars of Jews and African Americans 19th and early 20th Centuries

I have published an article about Sammy Davis Jr's conversion to Judaism.
Davis, Rebecca L. “‘These Are a Swinging Bunch of People’: Sammy Davis, Jr., Religious Conversion, and the Color of Jewish Ethnicity.” American Jewish History 100, no. 1 (2016): 25–50.

Seeking book reviewers for H-Judaic

Are you interested in reviewing books? Book reviews at  H-Judaic reach our 4,000 members, and are permanently archived at H-Net. They are usually 1,000 words long, and should be completed within 3-6 months. Reviewers must have a Ph.D. (or comparable degree) or be advanced graduate students. If you would like to be added to our list of reviewers, please fill out this form. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Re: Research Query: Scholars of Jews and African Americans 19th and early 20th Centuries

Hi there-

I'm a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at UCLA. I work at the intersections of black studies and jewish studies, with particular interest in the history of race and racism. My dissertation research focuses on the intersections of Nazism and colonialism as evidenced in black and Jewish writing in the 30s and 40s.

Ben Ratskoff

Re: Research Query: Insanity and gender in modern Jewish fiction

On interactions of insanity and gender in modern Jewish fiction, see:

I.L. Peretz, "Be-agaf ha-meshuga'im" (Yid. Fun dul-hoyz), esp. the first section, "Doctor or Patient"?

The following work may also be helpful: Dafna Katsnelson-Bank, Ha-shiga'on ba-sifrut ha-'ivrit be-reshit ha-me'ah he-esrim (2005)

Another lead to follow would be the theme of the dybbuk in modern Hebrew and Yiddish fiction.

Natan M. Meir
Portland State University