Michele Baussant is Tenured Senior Research Fellow of Anthropology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). She works at the Centre de Recherche Français of Jerusalem, USR 3132 and is an associate member of the Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative (LESC) and the Labex Les Passés dans le présent (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense). Her funded activities include several programmes of research, in which she participates or that she coordinates, such as Religious circulations in Mediterranean countries, funded by the ANR (K. Boissevain and L. Le Pape), the international research network Anthropology of Judaisms (C. Bordes-Benayoun), funded by the CNRS and five international universities (IT, ARG, ISR, SUIS, CAN), Disrupted histories/Recovered Memories, funded by the AHRC- Bath Spa University and the Labex Les Passés dans le present – UPO (PI with Sian Sullivan) and Silpast, ANR MRSEI (PI). From a comparative point of view that focuses on minority groups that have been expelled en masse from Islamic countries, Baussant’s research focuses on acculturation processes, the social conditions that inform the recollection and construction of heritage. Her work explores also the interwoven themes of memory, migration and expulsion with a particular interest on political and financial claiming as well as processes of inclusion and exclusion in colonial, post-colonial and immigrant societies.
Martine Benoit is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, agrégée in German, she is obtaining her PhD in 1998 from Lille3 University and her HDR in 2010 at Lyon University. Associate professor and, since 2011, Full professor for History of Ideas in German speaking areas at Lille University-SSH (Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), she is Member of the research laboratory CECILLE (EA 4074) at Lille University, her research focuses on German-Jewish Identity in the 19th-21th centuries (Germanness, Jewishness, Alterity, « jewish self-hatred »), the Memory of the Shoah in the thought, the literature, and culture of East Germany, West Germany and united Germany. Martine Benoit is Director of the European Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences since 2013 (Maison Européenne des sciences de l’Homme et de la Société). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Germanica (https://germanica.revues.org/).
Sergio DellaPergola. Born in Italy in 1942, in Israel since 1966. Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, former Chairman and Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University’s Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. An internationally known specialist on the demography of world Jewry, he has published many books including Jewish Demographic Policies: Population Trends and Options (2011) and over two hundred papers on historical demography, the family, international migration, Jewish identification, antisemitism, and projections in the Diaspora and in Israel. He was senior policy consultant to the President of Israel, the Israeli Government, the Jerusalem Municipality, and many major national and international organizations, and won the Marshall Sklare Award for distinguished achievement of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (1999), and the Michael Landau Prize for Demography and migration (2013).
Dario Miccoli is lecturer of Modern Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He is a member of the board of SeSaMO – Italian Society of Middle East Studies (2017-2020). He has been Bettencourt-Schueller fellow of the Centre de Recherche Français of Jerusalem (2014) and Fernand Braudel Fellow at the Iremam/LabexMed, Aix-Marseille University (2014-2015). His research focus on the cultural history of the Jews of the modern Middle East – particularly Egypt – on Israeli literature and on the relations between heritage and memory in the Sephardic Mediterranean. He has published articles on the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Expressions Maghrébines, Jewish Social Studies and the Annali di Ca’ Foscari among others. He is the editor of Contemporary Sephardic and Mizrahi Literature: A Diaspora (2017); the co-editor, with Emanuela Trevisan Semi and Tudor Parfitt, of Memory and Ethnicity: Ethnic Museums in Israel and the Diaspora (2013) and the author of two books: La letteratura israeliana mizrahi (2016) and Histories of the Jews of Egypt: An Imagined Bourgeoisie, 1880s-1950s (2015).
Harvey E. Goldberg is professor emeritus in the Sarah Allen Shaine Chair in Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His work has sought to combine anthropology and Jewish Studies, including a translation from Hebrew of an indigenous account of the Jews of Libya – The Book of Mordechai by Mordecai HaCohen (1980, 1983). Goldberg has authored Cave Dwellers and Citrus Growers (1972), Jewish Life in Muslim Libya (1990), Jewish Passages: Cycles of Jewish Life (2003), and edited Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries (1996). Recently he has co-edited Perspectives on Israeli Anthropology (2010) with Esther Hertzog, Orit Abuhav, and Emanuel Marx.
Martine Gross est docteure en sociologie, Ingénieure de recherche en sciences sociales (CNRS) au CeSor (France). Ses travaux portent sur l’homoparentalité ainsi que sur le vécu des juifs homosexuels ou le discours et les attitudes des rabbins sur l’homoparentalité.
Ses publications récentes sont :
– 2017: Homosexualité et traditions monothéistes (codir. Avec Rémy Bethmont), Geneve, Labor et Fides;
– 2017: Gender, families and transmission in the contemporary Jewish context, (codir. Avec Sophie Nizard et Yann Scioldo-Zurcher) Cambridge,Cambridge Scolar Publishing;
– 2017: Gross M. Histoire du Beit Haverim in Gross M., Nizard S., Scioldo-Zurcher Y. (dir) Gender, families and transmission in the contemporary jewish context, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing;
– 2017: Gross M., Nizard S., Scioldo-Zurcher Y., Introduction in Gender, families and transmission in the contemporary jewish context, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing;
– 2017: Gross M., Susan Martha Kahn, Reproducing Jews, A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception in Israel, Clio, 44,323-325;
Docteur en anthropologie sociale, Noureddine HARRAMI est professeur à l’Université Moulay Ismail à Meknès où il occupe les fonctions de chef de département de sociologie, coordinateur du master Anthropologie et sociologie du changement et responsable du Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Mobilités Transnationales. Ses recherches portent sur les mobilités transnationales, les générations issues de l’immigration, les recompositions des sociétés de départ des migrants et, en collaboration avec Yolande Cohen (UQAM), la mémoire du judaïsme marocain.
Isabelle Lacoue-Labarthe est maîtresse de conférences en histoire contemporaine à Sciences Po Toulouse ; membre du Laboratoire des Sciences Sociales du Politiques (Sciences Po Toulouse), membre associée du laboratoire FRAMESPA (UMR5136), elle codirige (avec Laure Teulières et Mathieu Grenet), la revue Diasporas. Circulations, migrations, histoire (http://diasporas.revues.org/). Ses recherches portent notamment sur les femmes juives dans le monde européen et nord-américain (XIXe-début XXe siècle) et en Palestine/Israël. Elle a notamment publié : avec Maurice Goldring, Le Trèfle et l’Etoile. Juifs et Irlandais : histoires parallèles, mémoires croisées, Paris, Editions Autrement, coll. Mémoires, n° 70, février 2001, 215 p. ; Femmes, féminisme, sionisme dans la communauté juive de Palestine avant 1948, Paris, L’Harmattan, coll. « Bibliothèque du féminisme », 2012, 376 p. ; « L’envers du décor : écrits de femmes sionistes en Palestine (1880-1939) », CLIO. Histoire, femmes, sociétés, « Écrire au quotidien », n° 35, 2012, p. 107-128 ; « L’émergence d’une « conscience féministe » juive. Europe, États-Unis, Palestine (1880-1930) », Clio. Femmes, Genre, Histoire, 44 | 2016, p. 95-122.
Karine Michel est anthropologue, chercheuse associée à l’Idemec (Institut d’Ethnologie Méditerranéenne Européenne Comparative) et au Cherpa (Croyances, Histoire, Espaces, Régulation Politique et Administrative) à Aix-en-Provence, France. Spécialisée dans le domaine des études juives, elle a réalisé des recherches ethnologiques en Israël, respectivement sur les modalités pratiques de la prière juive à Ness Ziyyona et sur la sociabilité masculine et les logiques de différenciation dans des cafés de Jaffa, Tel-Aviv. Par la suite, elle a réalisé une thèse d’anthropologie sur les Juifs en Saxe et à Berlin, traitant de l’élaboration d’une judéité en ex-Allemagne de l’Est dans les années 2000. Depuis, et suite à une étude sur la population tsigane du département des Bouches-du-Rhône, ses recherches portent sur le mécanisme mémoriel dans un comparatisme entre juifs, tsiganes et arméniens”.
Susan Gilson Miller is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. She was formerly head of the Moroccan Studies Program at Harvard University and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Prof. Miller has held Visiting Lecturer appointments at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the lnstitut d’Etudes de l’Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman (IISMM) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and at the Woolf Institute of the University of Cambridge. Her B.A. is from Wellesley College, she has an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in the History of the Modern Middle East. Her research has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Institute of Maghribi Studies and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Her book, The History of Modern Morocco, 1830-2000, (Cambridge University Press, 2013) won Honorable Mention for the Leon Carl Brown Best Book award of the American Institute of Maghribi Studies in 2014. Prof. Miller is a frequent visitor to Morocco, where she spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is now writing the biography of Hélène Cazes Benatar, Morocco’s first woman lawyer and human rights activist.
Marina Pignatelli is a PhD in Social Sciences/Cultural Anthropology, M.A. in Anthropology and Assistant Professor at the Social and Political Sciences Institute – University of Lisbon (ISCSP-UL). Having completed two post-graduations (Ethnology of Religions and Sephardic Studies), as well as open courses in Contemporary Religions (Portuguese Catholic University), Parapsychology and Religion, Judaism (Centro Nacional de Cultura), Symbolism (Fundação Casa Alorna), Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution (UNITAR), Civil Crisis Management (National Defense Institute – IDN) and Intangible Cultural Heritage (DGPC-UAb), she has been researching the Portuguese Jewish realm, since 1991, having concluded a post-doctorate program on the Jews in Mozambique and more recently, developing studies also on the Marranos in Portugal. She coordinated the Studies on the Middle East Post-Graduation course, and the MobCiD – Anthropology Laboratory, at ISCSP-UL. She is also a CEAF (Centre of African Studies) and a CAPP (Administration and Political Policies Centre-ISCSP-UL) collaborator and researcher at CRIA – Centre of Research in Anthropology.
Shulamit Reinharz, is Jacob Potofsky Professor Emerita of Sociology and Founder/Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute retired on June 30, 2017. She will be in Oxford this fall at Lady Margaret Hall, Institute of International Gender Studies, working on her book with the working title, A Memoir in Four Hands: Reimagining my Father’s Account of Surviving the Holocaust in Germany and Holland. At the same time, she is working on a long essay, “Gender and the Holocaust,” which she will present as a talk on October 26 at Oxford.
Nurit Stadler is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include Israel’s Ultraorthodox community, fundamentalism, Greek-Orthodox and Catholic rituals in Jerusalem, text-based communities, The veneration of Mary in Israel/Palestine, and the study of current fertility shrines and rituals in sacred places and sacred tombs.
Stadler is the author of Yeshiva Fundamentalism: Piety, Gender and Resistance in the Ultra-Orthodox World published with NYU Press, in 2008. Her book is an analysis of the reconstruction of masculine in the fundamentalist world as a result of the challenges of modernity. Stadler is also the author of A Well-Worn Tallis for a New Ceremony (2012) with Academic Studies Press (Brighton, MA). In this book she explored new aspects of voluntarism, citizenship, family life and the concept of freedom in the ultra Orthodox culture today.
Since 2012 she is involved with the project on sacred shrines in Israel/Palestine with Prof. Nimro Luz. In this project she wishes to extend her work and study various aspect on the sacred shrines, especially female shrines and investigate worship in these places. Her comparative study of these Jewish and Christian shrines opens a set of questions about the centrality of territoriality, fertility cults, female spaces at the age of modernity and technology of reproduction.
Emanuela Trevisan is Associate Professor in Modern Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is coordinator of the MIM and EU-MES (Sustainability between people and territory in the Mediterranean) projects, both financed by EACEA. She has written ten monographs, edited eight books and written more than eighty articles in many different languages. Her research interests are on marginal groups and identities in contemporary Israel; on the Karaites and Ethiopian Jews, and lastly the Jews of Morocco. Her latest book (with Hanane Sekkat Hatimi) is Mémoire et représentations des juifs au Maroc: les voisins absents de Meknès (2011). Among her edited volumes: Conversioni all’ebraismo (2016) and, with Dario Miccoli and Tudor Parfitt, Memory and Ethnicity: Ethnic Museums in Israel and the Diaspora (2013).
Geneviève Zubrzycki is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan. Her work examines politics and religion, nationalism, as well as national mythology and the politics of commemorations. She is the author of The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (University of Chicago Press 2006), which received several awards including the ASA’s Distinguished Book Award in the Sociology of Religion. She recently published Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec (University of Chicago Press, 2016), which received the 2017 ASA’s Distinguished Book Award in Political Sociology. She also edited the volume National Matters:Materiality, Culture, and Nationalism (Stanford, 2017) and is now completing a third monograph on narratives of otherness and symbolic boundary-making in contemporary Poland through a study of a Jewish revival and philosemitism in that country. In addition to her permanent position at the University of Michigan, she has held visiting appointments at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Wassenar (Netherlands).