Associate Professor
yshemer@email.unc.edu
962-5428
New West 202
Curriculum Vitae

Levine/Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies, associate professor of Israel Cultural Studies in the Department of Asian Studies.
Coordinator & Advisor, Hebrew Program.

Research
The focus of my work is on Israeli and Middle Eastern cinema and on Arab-Jews. My book Identity, Place, and Subversion in Contemporary Mizrahi Cinema in Israel (U. of Michigan Press) came out in 2013. My current book project “Neighboring Identities: The Jew in Arab Cinema” has awarded me several fellowships and grants. I have produced and directed documentary films in Israel, Poland, and the US, including Pilgrimage of Remembrance: The Jews of Poland and The Road to Peace: Israelis and Palestinians.

Awards

2016: Academic Excellence Award, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
2013: ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship, 2013-14, for the book project “Neighboring Identities: The Jew in Arab Cinema.”
2013: Stanford Humanities Center fellowship, 2013-14, for the book project “Neighboring Identities: The Jew in Arab cinema.” Declined.
Fall 2012: Research and travel grant for the publication of Identity, Place, and Subversion in Contemporary Mizrahi Cinema in Israel, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Fall 2012: Research and travel grant for the project “Neighboring Identities: The Jew in Arab Cinema,” Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East & Muslim Civilizations, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Fall 2012: Course development grant for “The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Co-existence,” Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Spring 2012: Publication grant for Identity, Place, and Subversion in Contemporary Mizrahi Cinema in Israel, The University Research Council, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Spring 2011: The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) Fellowship, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Fall 2009: Junior Faculty Development Award, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Fall 2009: University Research Council small grants, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Fall 2009: Course development grant for “Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice,” Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Summer 2009: Fellow at the Schusterman Center’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies, Brandeis University and Israel.
Spring and Summer 2009: Center for Global Initiatives’ Faculty Curriculum Development Award, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Courses
ASIA/JWST 60: First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities
ASIA 150: Asia: An Introduction
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 235: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity
ASIA/JWST 357: The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 425 Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Collaborations in Cinema and Literature
ASIA 435: The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa
HEBR 142: Jerusalem in Israeli Literature, Cinema, and Art
HEBR 305: Advanced Modern Hebrew I (taught in Hebrew)
HEBR 306: Advanced Modern Hebrew II (taught in Hebrew)
HEBR/JWST 436: Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice

Publications
Books
Identity, Place, and Subversion in Contemporary Mizrahi Cinema in Israel. The University of Michigan Press, 2013.
Articles and Chapters
“From Chahine’s Alexandria…Why to Salata Baladi and Jews of Egypt: Rethinking Egyptian Jews’ Cosmopolitanism, Belonging, and Nostalgia in Cinema.” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (MJCC). 2014 (Fall), 7, no. 3: 351-375.
“The Burden of Self-Representation: Reflections on Shḥur and Its Legacy for Contemporary Mizrahi Films in Israel.” Journal of Levantine Studies. 2012, 2, no. 2 (Winter): 39-62.
“Trajectories of Mizrahi Cinema” in Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion. Yaron Peleg & Miri Talmon-Bohm, eds., 2011. University of Texas Press, 120-133.
“The Hilarity of Evil: The Terrorist Drama in Israeli and Palestinian Films.” The State of the Arts in the Middle East.” Special edition of The Middle East Institute, “Viewpoints” series, May 2009, 40-44.
“Victimhood, Protest, and Agency in Contemporary Mizrahi (Arab-Jewish) Films in Israel.” Scope, 8, June 2007 (27 pages).
Film productions
1994: Director and editor, The Road to Peace: Israelis and Palestinians, a one-hour documentary shot in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Partial funding by The Ford Foundation and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. [Hebrew, Arabic, and English.] Distributor: First Run/Icarus Films, N.Y.
1988: Producer, director, and editor, Pilgrimage of Remembrance: Jews in Poland. Partial fulfillment of the requirements for M.A. Degree. [Polish, Yiddish, English, and Hebrew.] Distributor: Ergo Media, N.J.