Head Fellow Shachar Pinsker (photo by Leisa Thompson)    

This fall, the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies will host a prestigious group of scholars who will gather around the theme “Israeli Histories, Societies, and Cultures: Comparative Approaches.” They will be led by Head Fellow Shachar Pinsker.

The 2016–17 Frankel fellows and their fields of research are:

Naomi Brenner, Ohio State University, “Best-Sellers and the Boundaries of Hebrew Literature”

Liora Halperin, University of Colorado-Boulder, “Memories of Violence: The First Aliyah and its After-Images”

Mostafa Hussein, Brandeis University, “The Refraction of Arabo-Islamic Civilization in Hebrew and Israeli Cultures”

Noah Hysler-Rubin, Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, “Planning Palestine: A Comprehensive Approach for the Study of Israel’s Urban History”

Lior Libman, State University of New York-Binghamton, “ʽJews in a Harness’: The Socialist-Zionist Labor Movement and Hasidism”

Aviad Moreno, Ben-Gurion University, “From Morocco, in Another Way: Aliyah and Other Jewish Migrations from Northern Morocco, 1860–2010”

Shachar Pinsker, University of Michigan, “A Silent Language? Yiddish in Israeli Literature”

Bryan Roby, University of Manchester, “Blackness and the Double-Consciousness of Arab Jews: A Comparative History of the Mizrahi and African-American Experience”

Gavin Schaffer, University of Birmingham, “Where is Home? Aliyah and British Jews Since 1967”

Rachel Seelig, University of Chicago, “Motherless Tongues: German-Hebrew Literary Exchange”

Shayna Zamkanei, University of Chicago, “The Arabized Jewish Diaspora”

Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University, “Biblical Reenactments: The Performance of Antiquity in Modern Israeli Culture”