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Dr. Amir Banbaji

                                                                                                February, 2011

 

CURRICULUM VITAE AND LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

 

Personal Details

Amir Banbaji

Date of Birth: July 4, 1968, Israel 

Regular Military Service: 1986 - 1990

 

Institutional Address: Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University P.O.B 653, Beer Sheva, Israel 84105.

Tel: 0523651259

E-mail: banbaji@bgu.ac.il

 

Education

 B.A      1990 1993      Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Cum Laude. 

Exchange Student         1994 1995                  Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, German literature and philosophy. 

Ph.D.    1995 2003      University of California, Berkeley, Department of Comparative Literature. 

Advisers: Robert Alter, Anthony Cascardi (co-chairs), Martin Jay. 

Thesis: Dialectical Criticism: A Study of Adorno and Abramovich.

 

Employment History

2007 - Present               Lecturer, Sapir College.            

 

2005 - Present               Lecturer, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

 

2008 - 2009                   Visiting Research Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advance Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

2005 - 2007                   Adjunct Lecturer, Sapir College.

 

2003 - 2005       Kreitman Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

1997 - 2002       Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley.

 

 

Professional Activities

 

(a) Positions in academic administration

           

2007 - Present   Head of Program in Literature, Department of General BA Studies, Sapir College.

 

2006 - 2007       Organizer of Departmental Seminar, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

 

2006, March      Co-Organizer, Graduate Student Conference, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

 

2005, April        Co-organizer, Intersecting Views on A. B. Yehoshuas Work, International Conference, Cafoskari University, Venice.

 

2001, April        Co-organizer, Art and Aesthetics after Adorno," International Conference, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley. 

 

 

(b) Professional function outside Universities

 

2010 -   Series Editor, Massa Critit, Heksherim Institute and Dvir Publishing House. 

 

2008 - 2009       Referee, Teoriah U-Vikoret, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem.           

             

 

Membership in Professional/Scientific societies

 

2008 -   National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH)

 

Educational Activities

 

(a) Course taught (selection)

 

"Literature and Luck, Undergraduate Reading and Composition Class, UC Berkeley.       

 Literature and Politics, Undergraduate Reading and Composition Class, UC Berkeley.

"Philosophy and Literature", Undergraduate course, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

"Realism and Mimesis", Undergraduate Seminar, Ben Gurion university of the Negev.

History of Modern Hebrew Literary Criticism, Undergraduate Seminar, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

"Marxism and Modernism in Hebrew Literature: 1917 - 1956", graduate Seminar, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

"Enlightenment, Science and Literature", undergraduate course, Sapir College.

 

(b) Research Students

 

Chen Shtrass, PhD, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Jointly supervised with Yitzhak Ben Mordechai)

 

Yael Balaban, PhD, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Jointly supervised with Yigal Schwarz)  

 

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

 

(a) Honors, Citations Awards

1993     Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Cum Laude BA.

2003     ISEF (International Sephardic Education Foundation) Award for Academic and Social Excellence.

 

(b) Fellowships

2009     Dubnov Institute Leipzig, $2,500, Guest Scholar Fellowship        

2008 - 2009       Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 50,000$, Visiting Research Fellowship.

2007 - 2008       Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, 4,000$, Research Fellowship.

2006 - 2008       Heksherim Institute, Ben Gurion University, 10,000$, Research Fellowship. 

2003 - 2005       Kreitman Foundation, Ben Gurion University 40,000$, Post Doctoral Research.

2003 - 2005       Israel Ministry of Absorption, $10000, Post-Doctoral Research.

2000 - 2001       Mellon Foundation, UC Berkeley, 12,000$, Dissertation Writing Grant.

 

Scientific Publications

 

(a) Authored Books

*(1) Amir Banbaji Mendele and the National Narrative, Beer Sheva: Heksherim Institute and Dvir Publishing House, 2009. [Hebrew]

            Reviewed: Haaretz Books Supplement, July 1, 2009.                  

 

(b) Editorship of Collective Volumes

 

*(1) Amir Banbaji and Nitza Ben-Dov, Intersecting Sights: New Critical Essays on A.B. Yehoshua. Tel Aviv: Ha-kibbutz Ha-Me`uhad, 2010. [Hebrew]  

 

*(2) Amir Banbaji and Hannan Hever, Literature and Class: Anthology of Critical Essays, Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute, 2012 [Hebrew]

 

(c) Chapters in Collective Volumes

 

*(1) Amir Banbaji, Main Currents of Hebrew Literary Criticism and Theory, 1900-1960, In  Literature and Class, eds. Amir Banbaji and Hannan Hever, Van Leer Institute, 2012 [Hebrew]

 

*(2) Amir Banbaji, "David Kena`ani and Socialist Realism, in Literature and Class, eds. Amir Banbaji and Hannan Hever, Van Leer Institute, 2012 [Hebrew] 

 

*(3) Amir Banbaji, "Molchos Three Fallacies: Realism, Modernism, Mizrahiyut, in Intersecting Sights: New Critical Essays on A.B. Yehoshua eds. Amir Banbaji and Nitza Ben Dov,  pp. 173-194  [Hebrew] 

 

*(4) Amir Banbaji, "A. B. Yehoshua's Reception in Hebrew literary Criticism: Introduction to Intersecting Sights: New Critical Essays on A.B. Yehoshua, eds. Amir Banbaji and Nitza Ben Dov, pp. 15- 30 [Hebrew]

 

* (5) Amir Banbaji, National Renaissance and Hebrew Enlightenment in the history of Hebrew Literary Theory:  Excessive Polemics and Artificial Reconciliation, in A Festschrift dedicated to Menachem Brinker, eds. Hamutal Tsamir et. el, Ha-Kibbutz Ha-Me`uchad, 2011 pp. 333-364.

 

*(6) Amir Banbaji, A. B. Yehoshua and the Debate over Realism in Leggere Yehoshua, ed. Emanela Trevisan-Semi, Enaudi Publishing House, 2006. [Italian] 

 

(d) Refereed articles

 

*(1) Amir Banbaji, Mendele the Book-Peddler and the Ideology of Negation of Exile in Iyunim b- Ttkumat Yisrael 17, 2007, pp. 81 216 [Hebrew]

 

*(2) Amir Banbaji, What is Political Literature? Adorno and Marxist Aesthetics, Mikan 9, 2008, pp. 216-234  [Hebrew]

 

*(3) Amir Banbaji, An Attempt to Rehabilitate the Allegory in Hebrew Criticism: a New Reading of Adam ha-Cohen's Emet ve-Emuna and A. Y. Paperna's Criticism, Bikoret u-farshanut 42, 2010, pp. 333-365 [Hebrew]

 

*(4) Amir Banbaji, "Aesthetics, Oriental Despotism and Secularization: the Political Identity of Isaac Euchel's Igrot Meshulam" Journal of Levantine Studies 1 (Summer 2011)

           

Article in Review

(5) Amir Banbaji, "The Broken Promise of Transcendence: A New Reading of the Haskalah Allegory, Prooftexts (in review)  

 

Unrefereed Professional articles and publications

 

(1) Amir Banbaji, review of Zeev Levi, Hermeneutics in Modern Jewish Thought (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2007), Haaretz Books Supplement, Passover Special Edition, April 2007.

 

(2) Amir Banbaji, Scientific Editorship of Theodor W. Adorno, Commitment, translation into Hebrew by Danit Dotan, Mikan 9, 2008.

 

(3) Amir Banbaji, "Mendele Mocher Sefarim," in Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore, edited by Raphael Patai, founding editor, and Haya Bar Itzhak (2010).

 

Lectures and Presentations

 

Presentation of Papers at Conferences and Meetings 

 

Vitalism in Shaul Tchernichovskys Poetry, the Annual Conference of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew in America, Los Angeles, June 1997.

 

The Negation of Negation of Exile: Abramovichs Representation of Eastern European Exile, the MLA Annual Convention, Washington DC, December 2000.

 

The Negation of Negation of Exile: Abramovichs Representation of Eastern European Exile, the annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, December 2000.

 

The Making of What is Unmade: Truth, Morality and Social Critique in Adornos Aesthetic Theory, International Conference, UC Berkeley, April 2001.

 

Representation of Jewish Exile after the Holocaust: A Reconsideration of the Kariv Debate and Mendele Mocher Sefarims Work, the Annual Conference of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, New York, June 2001.

 

The `Self-Criticism Dispute` between Brenner and Gordon: A Literary and Philosophical Perspective, the Ben-Gurion Research Center, Sede Boker, November 2002.

 

A. B. Yehoshua and the Debate over Realism, CaFoskari University, Venice, April 2005.

 

Nationalism and Haskalah: a Pro-Maskilic Reading in Hebrew Literary Theory, the Annual Conference of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew in America, Stanford, August 2005.

 

Mendele The Book-Peddler: A Symbol of Modern Jewish Identity? 14th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 2005.

 

A Curious Version of Cultural Criticism: On Hannan Hevers ha-Sipur ve-Hale`on, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, May 2008. 

 

"Mizrahiyut in Hebrew Literary Criticism", Annual Conference of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew in America, London, June 2009.

 

"Aesthetics, Oriental Despotism and Secularization: the Political Identity of Isaac Euchel's Igrot Meshulam", Journal of Levantine Studies International Research Workshop, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, June 2010.

 

"The Arab, the Jew, and their Poetry: Concepts of Belonging in Jewish Enlightenment", 2nd Annual German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Potsdam, Germany, October 2010.

 

Seminar Presentation at Universities and Institutions

 

 Abramovich and the Disgust, Departmental Seminar, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University, May 2003.

 

Before and After Mendele: on Gershon Shakeds Book , Departmental Seminar, Department of Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 2005.

 

 National Renaissance and Hebrew Enlightenment in the history of Hebrew Literary Theory: Between Excessive Polemics and Artificial Reconciliation. Departmental Seminar, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Haifa University, June 2007.

 

"A New Look at the Literary History of Jewish Enlightenment", Colloquium, Frankel Centre for Advance Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 2009.

 

Maskilic Allegories: a New Reading the Literary History of the Haskalah, Townsend Centre for the Humanities, UC Berkeley, April 2009. 

 

Research Grants

 

2009 - 2010       Sol Leshin Foundation, 10,000$, Amir Banbaji, Gil Hochberg , "Representation of Arabness in Hebrew Literature."        

 

Research in Progress:

 

"The Orient in Hebrew Literature and Criticism, 1780-1980:  A Genealogical Survey." A collaborative project with Gil Hochberg (early stages of conceptualization)

           

 

 

 

 

 


 
   
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