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    Dr. Yaron Shemer

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    Associate Professor
    (919) 962-5428
    New West 109





    Coordinator & Advisor, Hebrew Program
    Levine/Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies



    The focus of my research has been on ethnicities in Israeli cinema and I recently completed my manuscript, titled “Identity, Place, and Subversion in Contemporary Mizrahi Cinema.”  My research interests also include the construction of national and ethnic identities in Middle Eastern cinema. My work as a filmmaker in Israel and the US has been complementary to my research.   


    Spring 2011: The Institute for Arts and Humanities (IAH) Fellowship.
    Fall 2009: Junior Faculty Development Award (2010).
    Fall 2009: University Research Council small grants (2009-2011). 
    Fall 2009: The Center for Jewish Studies course development grant (2009-2010).
    Summer 2009: Fellow at the Schusterman Center’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies, Brandeis University and Israel. 
    Summer 2003: Project co-investigator with Dr. Esther Raizen. A three-year DOE allocation for the development of an on-line testing module in Hebrew (2003/4-2005/6).


    ASIA 60: First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities
    ASIA 235: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity
    ASIA 357: The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence
    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 436: Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice

    Curriculum Vitae


    “Trajectories of Mizrahi Cinema” in Identities in Motion: An Israeli Cinema Reader. Miri Talmon and Yaron Peleg, eds.  University of Texas Press, 2011.   

    "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 (MEI), "Viewpoints" series, May 2009.

    “Victimhood, Protest, and Agency in Contemporary Mizrahi (Arab-Jewish) Films in Israel.”  Scope, #8, June 2007.

    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.

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