Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies

The December 7-10, 2020 vICIJS’20 meeting beig held on virtually, via Google Meet.

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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 (optional),

(iii) participation by submitting the pre-recorded video (optional), and

(iv) live streaming the presentation or replaying the pre-recorded talks (with/ without Q&A)

The file should be sent through Gmail ( using Google Drive.

Please, remember the following important dates:

(i) Deadline for Abstract: November 15, 2020 December 03, 2020,

(ii) Notification of Acceptance: after review process without any loss of time

(iii) Deadline for Full Text and/or Research Article Submission and/or pre-Recorded Video Submission: December 07, 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 participants who do not attend the live online sessions must submit their recorded presentations by conference dates. 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 session proposals with different themes "related to Israel and Judaic Studies.

There is no registration fee. All presenters who make live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous) presentations 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

See the conference web page for the Call for paper in different languages. For more Conference details and for up-to-date information which have not translated to different languages, click conference booklets 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 (with local/decimal numbering of subheadings), (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 conference date. Full text will be published in the books titled Proceeding and Abstract Book of the Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies 2020.

Due to becoming interdisciplinary conference there are no strict requirements on text formatting especially reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, Author(s) Name(s), Journal Title/ Book Title, “Book Chapter Title”/”Article Title”, Place/year of publication, volume number/ issue nuber and pagination must be present. Any methods of citation (in-text/parenthetical or footnotes/ endnotes.) can be used in a paper. We gently advise authors the use of Chicago Style for formatting.

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.


ICIJS will offer opportunities for two (2-way or 1-way) forms of virtual participation: (i) online academic presentation using synchronous/real-time video conferencing solutions (Zoom, Google Meet ) 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.

We advise for all virtual presenters, even those who want to make live video conference to 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.

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.


Conference makes an award to the three types 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 monographies, and (iii) distinguished scholarly articles in Turkish. Therefore, there are 15 studies in 5 sub types in three categories. 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 conference, not limited to this year's theme, will include every topic in the field of Israel and Judaism. For example,

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 Judaism

Islamic–Jewish relations

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


Assoc. Prof. Dr., Department of International Relations, L.N.Gumilev Eurasia National University, Kazakhstan

Doç. Dr., Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü, L.N.Gumilev Eurasia National University, Kazakistan

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

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Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Efrat AVIV @efratav7


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