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Latin American Jewish Studies Association

Professional Acknowledgements

Raelene Wyse, a LAJSA member who is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the 2014-2015 Premio Corda for the best master’s thesis on the poetry of David Rosenmann-Taub:

www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/scjs/news/article.php?id=10263[utexas.edu]

Peruvian writer Isaac Goldemberg has received the 2015 PEN Club of Peru Award in recognition of his work as a novelist, poet, playwright and essayist and of his many important contributions to Peruvian letters and, by extension, to the definition of Peruvian identity.

In their statement regarding the Award, the Board of Directors declared the following: “Isaac Goldemberg is one of Peru’s and Latin America’s most important writers. The numerous books and articles written about his work are sufficient testimony to the high esteem in which he is held in the Americas, especially when one observes that among those critics who have acclaimed him in recent years are some of the most important Latin American critics, poets and fiction writers, such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Oscar Hijuelos, Carlos Fuentes, José Emilio Pacheco, Margo Glantz, Ariel Dorfman, Severo Sarduy, Julio Ortega, Raúl Zurita, and Carlos Germán Belli. We can think of no other contemporary first-rate Latin American author who has been so successful in different genres.”

Moreover, the deciding panel stated that its decision was based on the fact that Goldemberg’s books have been published in different languages, his work has been included in numerous anthologies in Latin America, Europe and the United States, and has received excellent reviews throughout the world in such prestigious publications as the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek and The New Yorker (U.S.A.); La voce d’Italia, La Nazione, and Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy); Le Temps (France); Excélsior and La Jornada (Mexico); El Mercurio (Chile); El Mundo (Spain); Clarín (Argentina); El Comercio (Peru), El Tiempo (Colombia); El Día (Uruguay); Ariel (Israel), and others. Also, because he is in the list of most studied Latin American authors in U.S. universities. Furthermore, it was taken into consideration the fact that his novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner was selected by the Yiddish Book Center of the United States as one of the 100 most important works of the last 150 years; that it was selected by a committee of critics and writers as one of the best 25 Peruvian novels of all time; and that it was included in these important volumes, among others: Masterpieces of Latino Literature; World Literature and Its Times; Masterplots II. American Fiction Series; and Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature.

Isaac Goldemberg has lived in New York since 1964. Presently he is Distinguished Professor at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York, where he is the director of the Latin American Writers Institute and the editor of Hostos Review.


2015 LAJSA AWARDS

 Jacobo Sefamí 2015 LAJSA Awards Chair

LAJSA DISSERTATION AWARD Jury: Alejandro Meter, Amalia Ran, and Erin Graff Zivin.

The LAJSA Dissertation Award Committee wishes to congratulate Professor Devi Mays (Ph.D. Indiana University) for her dissertation: “Transplanting Cosmopolitans: The Migrations of Sephardic Jews to Mexico, 1900-1934.” Mays’s dissertation is a valuable contribution to the field of Jewish Latin American studies with its original emphasis on and critical analysis of the migration of Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire to Mexico. By investigating the histories of these Jewish immigrants as “familiar strangers,” who conformed to and defied governmental and social classifications of race, ethnicity, nationality, and belonging, this dissertation challenges conventional notions of migration and of collective affiliations. She convincingly argues that migrant identities and affiliations are fluid constructions modified according to the local, national, regional, and transnational circumstances of that particular moment. Soundly reasoned and coherently written, Mays’s dissertation draws on critical bibliographical material that sheds new light on the history of Jewish immigration to Mexico.

LAJSA BOOK AWARD Jury: Susana Brauner, Edna Aizenberg, and Saúl Sosnowski.

This year’s LAJSA Book Award goes to our colleague, Erin Graff Zivin, for her study, Figurative Inquisitions: Conversion, Torture, and Truth in the Luso-Hispanic Atlantic (Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2014). The book award committee chose Prof. Graff Zivin’s volume for its theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and humanistic concerns. Rather than seeing interrogation and torture from the usual legal or pragmatic perspectives, Graff Zivin turns to literature, examining how what she calls literary “scenes of interrogation” reveal an inquisitorial logic that underlies early modern societies. This logic of torture, she argues, continues down to our day. Latin American Jewish questions lie at the heart of Graff Zivin’s analysis through marrano fictions that serve as the principal corpus for her book. These novels, films and plays deal with figures such as New Spain’s crypto-Jewish martyr, Luis de Carvajal, among others. By focusing on how literature expresses anti-inquisitorial views through the broken bodies of Jews—most specifically marranos—literature, in Graff Zivin’s words, bears witness to the “impossible event of truth that stands at the heart of the scene of interrogation.”

MENCIONES DE HONOR: Emmanuel Nicolás Kahan. Recuerdos que mienten un poco. Vida y memoria de la experiencia judía durante la última dictadura militar (Buenos Aires: Prometeo Libros, 2014). Este libro puede considerarse un innovador y significativo aporte a los estudios judíos latinoamericanos como así también a los análisis sobre la historia reciente y la memoria en Argentina producidos desde distintos ámbitos disciplinares. Es una obra que invita a problematizar los enfoques predominantes acerca de la experiencia de los judíos durante la última dictadura militar. Su texto desafía la memoria sobre la trayectoria de diversos actores, de la prensa e instituciones durante ese período. Recupera, asimismo, otras facetas relevantes y antes invisibilizadas que pueden relativizar las perspectivas que imperan sobre la temática. Esta investigación, rigurosa y bien escrita, se legitima tanto en el vasto universo de fuentes históricas como en su diálogo con la bibliografía académica.

Alejandro Dujovne. Una historia del libro judío. La cultura judía argentina a través de sus editores, libreros, traductores, imprentas y bibliotecas (Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI Editores, 2014). El volumen de Alejandro Dujovne es un aporte original a los estudios judíos latinoamericanos. Con una amplia investigación, hace un recorrido del libro judío en la Argentina, desde finales de la década de 1910 hasta mediados de los años 1970, en que se considera su declive. Con un capítulo introductorio que resume la evolución de la cultura impresa judía a nivel internacional, el autor se adentra posteriormente en el libro ídish en Buenos Aires, las traducciones realizadas entre 1919 y 1938, las ediciones de volúmenes con temática judía en castellano de 1938 a 1974, un análisis de la Editorial Israel, una revisión de las bibliotecas y librerías judías de Buenos Aires y, finalmente, una exploración del Mes de Libro Judío (1947- 1973). El estudio de Dujovne demuestra la riqueza de la cultura argentina judía gracias al análisis pormenorizado de ese acervo tan amplio y diverso.


El 30 de noviembre de 2015, Alicia Gojman recibió un Reconocimiento por parte de la Universidad Nacional como fundadora del campus de la Facultad de Estudios Superiores, Acatlán hace 40 años y por su labor docente durante estos años. Medalla y diploma.


Para el Núcleo de Estudios Judíos del IDES es un orgullo informar y compartir con los amigos y amigas de LAJSA, la concesión del “Premio a la Labor Científica, Tecnológica y Artística 2015” de la Universidad Nacional de la Plata a Emmanuel Kahan, en el rubro Humanidades. Sin dudas, una distinción muy merecida. La entrega del Premio tendrá lugar hoy, miércoles 16, a las 18 hrs, en el Patio de la Presidencia de esa Universidad.

Saludos cordiales,

Alejandro Dujovne


LAJSA felicita a Alberto Manguel por su nombramiento como Director de la Biblioteca Nacional
http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/espectaculos/17-37545-2015-12-19.html )


Judit Liwerant, Premio UNAM en el área de Invesitgación en Ciencias Sociales. El Premio Universidad Nacional, ortorgado por la UNAM es un modo de honrar el mérito universitario y la trayectoria en investigación de quien ha colaborado activamente en la construcción de una agenda sobre los estudios judíos en/desde Latinoamérica.

Link de la Gaceta de UNAM:
http://www.gaceta.unam.mx/20151019/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/convoca01.pdf