This fall, the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies will host a prestigious group of scholars who will gather around the theme “Jews and Empires,” and will be ably led by our faculty member Mikhail Krutikov.

The 2014-15 Frankel fellows and their fields of research are:

Mira Balberg, Northwestern University, “Blood for Thought: The Rabbinic Reinvention of Sacrifice in Its Roman and Early Christian Context”

Eitan Bar-Yosef, Ben-Gurion University, “Zionism, the British Empire, and the Making of Israeli Identity: Mimicry, Resistance, and Nostalgia”

Joshua Cole, University of Michigan, “A Riot in France: Violence and Colonial Reform in Algeria, 1919-1940”

Sara Feldman, University of Michigan, “People of the Russian Book: Translating Pushkin into Jewish Languages”

Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan (winter semester), “Under and After Empire: Jewish Public Life After Communism”

Reuven Kiperwasser, Open University of Israel (winter semester), “Rabbis Between Two Empires”

Gil Klein, Loyola Marymount University, “The Roman Architecture of Empire and the Establishment of Rabbinic Space”

Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan, “Spaces of Memory: Imagining a Soviet Past in Post-Soviet Russian Jewish Writing”

Devi Mays, University of Michigan (fall semester), “Reorienting Imperial Jews: Constantinople at the Crossroads of Jewish Identities”

Alexei Siverstev, DePaul University, “Jews and the Roman Imperial Culture in Late Antiquity”

Claude Stuczyniski, Bar-Ilan University (short-term fall semester), “Iberian Conversos: Victims, Agents, and Thinkers of Empire”

Jindrich Toman, University of Michigan (fall semester), “Bohemia’s Jews and Their Decentered Empire”

Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan, “Border Jew: Between Empires”

Deborah Yalen, Colorado State University (fall semester), “Forging the Anti-Imperial Empire: Jews, Ethnographic Science, and the Soviet Family of Nations”