Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies

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הכנס הבינלאומי הרביעי לחקר ישראל והיהדות, כא-כד כסלו ה'תשפ"א
المؤتمر الدولي الرابع للدراسات الإسرائيلية واليهودية, ٢٢- ٢٥ ربيع الآخر ١٤٤٢

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the fourth annual scholarly International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies (vICIJS’20) organized by Israiliyat: Journal of Israeli and Judaic Studies (e-ISSN 2645-890X) will be held as a virtual conference in December 07-10, 2020.

The aim of this year’s conference is to present new methods of assessing Jewish identity and to identify patterns of Jewish engagement. Recent academic and public discourse on Judaism includes new approaches and understandings of the term "Judaism". The question which is frequently raised, "Who is a Jew?" has been receiving several and different dimensional replies.

The concepts which the new scholarship has been creating are based on the researcher's worldview thus inevitably influencing their research choices and research challenges. The discussion on what is Judaism and who defines himself as a Jew portrays new identities as well as self-definition of various groups/ individuals.

The Conference seeks to address the following questions: Can we define one Jewish identity? If so, from what does it derive? What are the expressions of this identity according to different regions today? How has the Jewish identity been assessed in the past vs. the present by different scholars? How is “the new Jew” described in the Zionist literature? What are the relations between Judaism and Zionism in the current discourse? How do relations between the Jewish communities outside Israel define their "Jewishness" and what is their affinity to Israel? Do non-Jews have any influence on Jewish identity? and if so, in what way?

The conference scope includes all subareas of Israel and Judaism Studies. These include (but are not only limited to) not only the traditional areas in Judaic Studies but also various disciplines such as current political issues, international relations, history and sociology in in Israel Studies. The point of views presented in the conference will be multidimensional: Zionism, Israeli culture and politics, the conflict between Palestine and Israel, Hebrew Literature, Education in Israel, various interpretations of Judaism as a belief system and historical backgrounds etc.

vICIJS’20 also is pleased to announce the annual rewards delivered for the fourth time for the distinguished dissertations/ theses written in Turkey in the field of Israel and Judaism Studies in the categories of history, politics and religion in both the M.A. and PhD. decrees. Moreover, articles and original/translated books having scientific research methods will also be awarded.

The publishing and application/ registration procedures in conference consist of four phases:
(i) application by submitting an abstract,
(ii) registration by submitting the full text and/or research articles,
(iii) participation by submitting the pre-recorded video , and
(iv) live streaming the presentation or replaying the pre-recorded talks (with/ without Q&A)
The file should be sent to

Please, remember the following important dates:
(i) Deadline for Abstract: November 15, 2020,
(ii) Notification of Acceptance: Answers to applicants will be given within 15 days of the receipt of the submission,
(iii) Deadline for Full Text and/or Research Article Submission and pre-Recorded Video Submission: November 30, 2020
(iv) Conference Dates: December 07-10, 2020

This year, due to Covid-19, the conference will be held virtually, through video conferencing. All virtual presenters must submit their recorded presentations by 30 November 2020. The video presentations can be prepared in any language if subtitled in English or Turkish. The papers will be published in the Proceeding and Abstract Book (with e-ISBN); the revised, full version of the articles will be published in the Israiliyat journal or in a book, upon referees’ decision.

The organizers welcome all proposals, including suggestions for panels related to Israel and Judaic Studies.

There is no registration fee. All presenters will receive a certificate of participation following the virtual conference.

Please circulate the Call, among your colleagues and networks.

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions and requests related to the vICIJS’20 at

For more Conference details, click conference booklet in English or Turkish.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ICIJS’20 Virtual Conference in December.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Efrat AVIV
Organizing Committee co-Chairs, Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies

Prospective authors are invited to submit the abstract of full-length original research papers, which are not submitted, published, or under consideration anywhere. One participant can submit and present up to two papers. All proposals will undergo a double-blind review by at least two expert reviewers. Selection of papers for presentation in the conference is based on these reviews and final decision by the conference organizing committee.
Authors could submit abstracts of research/ review paper in English or Turkish formatted as defined.
An informative abstract should not be the introduction which is the first section of paper, instead, it provides the reader with a clear description of your study and the results without the reader having to read the entire paper. An English abstract is required for all papers.
Full Paper
Since the conference presentations are max. 20 minutes in length, participants are expected to submit a short length full paper between 6- 12 pages (2,000-4,000 words). The text needs to include the following: (i) abstract, (ii) introduction, (iii) body of the paper, (iv) conclusion, and (v) references/ Bibliography. English abstract must be submitted for papers written in Turkish. On a first sheet, please state the following: title of the paper, name(s) of author(s), affiliation and contact information. The file should be sent to Upon acceptance for presentation at the conference, the authors will be asked to submit their full text or/and research article by November 30, 2020. Full text will be published in the books titled Proceeding and Abstract Book of the Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies 2020.
Authors of the accepted proposals will have online support in October 2020 to learn how to record their videos for the conference using regular computer or cell phone cameras, and learn how to subtitle presentations using free software.
Research Article
A full length research article manuscript might be written in the range of 4,000-10,000 words to be published as a research article in Israiliyat journal or as a book chapter in edited book. Research paper should be at least 50% different from the conference full paper.

For more Conference details, look conference booklet in English or Turkish below. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the ICIJS’20 Virtual Conference in December.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Efrat AVIV
Organizing Committee co-Chairs of Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies

ICIJS will offer opportunities for two (2-way or 1-way) forms of virtual participation: (i) online academic presentation using real-time video conferencing solutions (Zoom, Google Meet, etc) and (ii) pre-recorded/ asynchronous presentation using Asynchronous recording solutions.
Virtual conferences may substantially change the number and distribution of the participants because virtual conferencing makes attendance possible for people who have financial, family-related (caring commitments), physical (disability), health (Virus) and political (passport, visa) constraints.
A communication platform provides one or more communication channels that can be categorized along four dimensions: synchrony (sync/async), directionality (1-way/2-way), scale (1-1/ groups- means that there is privacy or there is society's right to know), and content (text, image, audio, and video).
As you know, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most meeting locations are closed and meetings are rescheduled online or canceled in some cases. For this reason, the conference organizing committee decided to move the Autumn conferences to an entirely virtual format on December 07-10, 2020. For nearly 4 years, ICIJS has struggled to make a hybrid event by combining presentations, mostly traditional "live" face-to-face, with online components, few of which are "virtual". This year, we will transfer our annual meeting held indoors to the new virtual conference. In the event that everything returns to normal, we can organize the hybrid meeting again next year.
While we know that virtual conference will not replicate the face-to-face interaction of a conventional conference talk and Q&A, we hope that it will promote lively discussion and help build a community of scholars with intersecting research interests. Accessibility advantages to this approach is that:
A) similar to İsrailiyat open-access journal, the conference archive (both prerecorded or recorded live talks with Q&A) will be open to the whole scientific community and public use.
B) talks can be viewed at any time and text-based Q&A sessions can be extended over multiple weeks.
C) talks can be closed captioned in Turkish as well as English, opening up the possibly of a true bilingual conference.
All virtual presenters, even those who want to make live video conference must submit their presentation recording to us by November 30, 2020. For those who would like to use of pre-recorded presentations we will then review the recordings to ensure there are no technical issues and suggest possible ways to improve the quality of the recording if needed. For those who want to make live video conference, we will move them into archives for alternative options as a precaution in the case of any technical issues during the sessions.
The time of the online presentations will be announced on the vICIJS website. Be online 15 minutes before your session, in order to check the internet connection and to make necessary changes (volume, light, speed etc.). To participate, you need a computer with a webcam, a high-speed Internet connection and a microphone. A 30-minute presentation slot at an the conference could be divided into three parts: (i) 20 minutes for the virtual talk itself, (ii) 7 minutes for questions and discussion, and (iii) 3 minutes for changing rooms or for new presentation.
All presenters are reminded that their presentations will be live streamed and recorded. This is so that other conference participants and audiences can watch these remote talks either in real time or later. Also the session recordings would be made publicly available through ICIJS YouTube channel.

Conference makes an award to the three kinds of studies in the categories of history, politics and religion whose subject matter must fall into the broadly defined field of Israel and Jewish studies: (i) the distinguished dissertations/ thesis in both the MA and PhD levels, (ii) distinguished scholarly books in original and translated texts, and (iii) distinguished scholarly articles. Dissertations/ theses should be defended and decrees must be awarded by the universities in Turkey. Original [(co) authored, (not from theses, not edited) monographies, reference books, textbooks] or translated (transcribed or commented) books and article must be published in Turkey. The dissertations/ theses, books and articles, which must be defended or published in the last two years preceding the year of the competition (2019-2020) in Turkish or English languages, are eligible for the competition. While previous candidate studies cannot be resubmitted for consideration no more than two times in a two-year period. Previous winners or finalists may not resubmit.
All applications are reviewed by at least two experts in the field of study and constructive, developmental feedback is provided. There are two ways for nomination: person can nominate another person or a person can nominate himself/herself. The nominee’s personal file includes an electronic copy of the dissertation/ thesis, books (for first printing) and article, and full CV of the candidate. Letters of support is optional. The documentation of candidate nominations could be sent via e-mail. Awardees will receive an e-certificate. Outstanding dissertations/ theses, books, and articles award will be given at the annual ICIJS. In any category that doesn't have enough nominations award will be cancelled.

The meeting will include (but not limited to) the following topics areas in this theme:
Archaeology, historiography and the visualization of the past
Boycott and the Politics of Solidarity
Conflict management in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict
Contemporary Jewry
Deal of the Century
Displacement and the Refugees
Egyptology and Judaism in Egypt
Energy politics
Halacha and Sharia
Halachic state vs Jewish state vs Democratic state
Hamas and Turkey
Hebrew education in Turkey
Human rights in Israel
Identity in Israel
Ignorance is Bliss vs Knowledge is Power: Muslim knowledge of Israel and Judaism
Israel and its Neighbors
Israel- diaspora relations
Israel- Turkey relations
Israel’s Arab minority: past, present, future
Israel’s political and legislative shift rightwards over the last decade
Israel’s political left
Israeli settlements in the occupied territories
Israeli universities and colleges
Jewish history and culture
Jewish law and Jewish thought
Jewish manuscript sources: Bible and Talmud, and Rabbinic literature
Jewish mysticism
Judaism or Israel focused or related courses in Turkish universities
Judeo-Islamic studies
Karaite (Khazar) Studies
Loss of the Holy Land and Jerusalem
Migration, settlement and diaspora
Nation building and state education
National languages: from old sacred tongue/colloquial to modern high language
New Directions in Israeli and Jewish Studies
Eastern Languages and Literatures Department in Turkey and Hebrew Language and Literature Program
Comparative Semitics and Ural-Altaic Languages
NGOs related with Jerusalem in Turkey
Ottoman Jerusalem
Politics of Human Shielding
Pre-State Jewish community in Palestine
Reform Jews and their relations with Muslims
Religion in public sphere: changes and expansion along the years
Religious nationalism and conflict over the Holy Place
Religious sites in Jerusalem and holy places tour, religious tourism
Rule of law in Israel and states of emergency in the occupied territory
Six-Day War, 1967
Start-up technology and military industry
Studies in the archaeology of Israel and neighboring lands
Study of Jewish names
The image of Arab/Islam in contemporary Hebrew writings
The Politics of Archives
The Turk in the Hebrew literature
The Turkish Left and Arab- Israeli conflict
Theology and Jewish thought
Turkish- Jewish encounters over 500 Years
Turkish Jews relation with American Jews vs European Jews, their religious identities.
Turkish TV Series and Actors in Israel
Turks, Seljuqs, Ottomans and republican Turkey in the Israeli academia
Two-State Solution One-State Solution?
War and Religion
Zionist Congresses
In conference there are no specific themes, topic, time periods, methods, study disciplines, geographical areas, buzzwords, but the focus of proposals and papers must be oriented to address the conference's field.
As there is a limited amount of time allotted to research presentations, priority will be given to those outlining the original research findings accompanied by a full paper and/or research paper submission if a large number of abstracts are received

Organizing Committee Co-Chairs
Efrat AVIV
Dr, Senior Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Dr, Eğretim Üyesi, Ortadoğu Çalışmaları, Bar Ilan Üniversitesi, İsrail

YL., Religious Culture and Moral Knowledge Teacher, Ministry of National Education, İstanbul/ Turkey
YL., Din Kültürü ve Ahlak Bilgisi Öğretmeni, Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı, İstanbul/ Türkiye

Organizing Committee Members
Sorted by name alphabetically
Mehmet Sait TOPRAK
Prof. Dr., Department of Assyrian Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters, Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin/ Turkey
Prof. Dr., Süryani Dili ve Edebiyatı Bölümü, Edebiyat Fakültesi, Mardin Artuklu Üniversitesi, Mardin/ Türkiye

Mustafa ÖKSÜZ
Asst. Prof. Dr., History of Islam, Department of Islamic History and Arts, Faculty of Divinity, Van Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey
Dr. Öğr. Üy., İslam Tarihi ABD, İslam Tarihi ve Sanatları Bölümü, İlahiyat Fakültesi, Van Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi, Van, Türkiye

Assoc. Prof. Dr., Department of Political Science & International Relations, FEAS, Hasan Kalyoncu Üniversity, Gaziantep/ Turkey
Doç. Dr., Siyaset Bilimi ve Uluslararası İlişkiler, İİBF, Hasan Kalyoncu Üniversitesi, Gaziantep/ Türkiye

Scientific Committee Members
Sorted by name alphabetically
Prof. Dr. Avraham ELQAYAM- Bar- Ilan University, Israel
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ainur NOGAYEVA- L.N. Gumilev Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan
Dr. Alek D. EPSTEIN- The Open University of Israel, Israel
Prof. Dr. Bat-Zion ERAQI- The Open University of Israel, Israel
Prof. Dr. Brannon WHEELER- United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Prof. Dr. David TAL- Sussex University, USA
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eldar HASANOĞLU- İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University, Türkiye
Dr. Gallia LINDENSTRAUSS- Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Herzliya, Israel
Asst. Prof. Dr. Hatice DOĞAN- Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Türkiye
Dr. Laskier MICHAEL- Bar- Ilan University, Israel
Prof. Dr. Mahmoud KAIYAL- Tel Aviv University, Israel
Prof. Dr. Meir LITVAK- Tel Aviv University, Israel
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Sait TOPRAK Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey
Asst. Prof. Dr. Miriam FRENKEL- Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Prof. Dr. Mustafa KABHA- Open University of Israel, Israel
Dr. Nimrod GOREN- Mitvim Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Asst. Prof. Dr. Rahim AY- Ankara Yıldırım Beyazit University, Türkiye
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut UZER- İstanbul Technical University, Türkiye
Prof. Dr. Uriya SHAVIT- Tel Aviv University, Israel
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yasin MERAL- Ankara University, Türkiye
Prof. Dr. Yehoshua FRENKEL- Hayfa University, Israel
Asst. Prof. Dr. Yusra AL-JUMAILI- Erciyes University, Türkiye
Asst. Prof. Dr. Zafer BALPINAR- Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Türkiye
Distinguished Dissertations/ Theses and Books Reward Review Committee Members
Politics Category
Umut UZER, Associate Professor Doctor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, ; Ayşe ÖMÜR ATMACA, Assistant Professor Doctor in the Department of International Relation, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University,
Religion Category
Hatice DOĞAN, Assistant Professor Doctor in the Department of Islamic History and Art, Faculty of Divinity, Nevsehir Hacı Bektas Veli University, Nevsehir, Turkey ;
History Category
Halil ERDEMIR, Associate Professor Doctor in the Department of International Trade, School of Applied Sciences Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey ;

-Deadline for Abstract: November 15, 2020
-Notification of Acceptance: After Review Process without Any Loss of Time
-Deadline for Full Text and/or Research Article Submission and pre-Recorded Video Submission: November 30, 2020
-Conference Dates: December 07-10, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact us by one of the means listed:
Israiliyat: Journal of Israeli and Judaic Studies
(İsrailiyat: İsrail ve Yahudi Çalışmaları Dergisi)
Web pages:
Youtube: coming soon
Skype: israiliyat