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Call for papers, Premodern Spanish History Association of the Midwest

We have already begun to plan for PSHAM 2020, which will be at Purdue University on February 29. As usual, we’ll meet for a working lunch and then discuss three pre-circulated works in progress. Many of us will also go out to dinner together after the meeting is done.

As we’ve done for the past few years, we are asking those who want to present to send a brief description of their papers, and a brief cv, to or to by October 31.

Even if you don’t want to present, we’d love to have you join us! Please RSVP to either of the two addresses above.

Travel grant for grad students: deadline approaching!

Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant

A cash grant of $1500 will be awarded in memory of Dr. Elka Klein to a doctoral candidate preparing to spend a month or more abroad conducting historical research towards his/her dissertation.

The grant recipient will be selected by a panel of scholars based on the relevance and potential contribution of the proposed work to the fields and concerns important to Dr. Klein, such as Sephardic culture, medieval history, gender studies, and Jewish studies.

Applicants for the grant are asked to submit the following information by e-mail to the address below:
• A c.v.
• A copy of the applicant’s dissertation proposal
• A description of the specific research to be undertaken abroad
• A working budget, including what other funds have already been secured
• A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation supervisor, addressing the applicant’s qualifications and the significance of the research s/he will be undertaking. Letters of recommendation should be printed on official stationary and scanned.

Deadline: April 9, 2018

To submit an application, or for more information, please contact Dr. Gail Labovitz,

The selected applicant will be expected to acknowledge the grant in the dissertation and in any subsequent publications that result from the research subsidized by the grant. We thank the Association for Jewish Studies for their help in fund-raising and administration to make this grant possible.

Dr. Elka Klein (1965-2005) was passionate about her vocation as a historian and a teacher. Her untimely death in the spring of 2005 was a great loss to all who knew her, whether personally or professionally. In her memory, her friends and academic colleagues in the fields of History and Jewish Studies have created this memorial to honor her dedication to and her achievements in her academic life.

Works by Dr. Elka Klein:

Jews, Christian Society and Royal Power in Medieval Barcelona (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006)

Hebrew Deeds of Catalan Jews 1117-1316 (Barcelona, Girona: Societat Catalana d’Estudis Hebraics, 2004)

“Splitting heirs: patterns of inheritance among Barcelona’s Jews,” Jewish History 16,1 (2002), 49-71

“The widow’s portion: law, custom and marital property among medieval Catalan Jews,” Viator 31 (2000), 147-163

“Protecting the widow and the orphan: a case study from 13th century Barcelona,” Mosaic 14 (1993), 65-81

If you would like to contribute to the Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant, so that we can continue to offer grants in future years, please send your donation to:

The Association for Jewish Studies
Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th Street
New York, NY 10011-6301

Checks should be made out to the Association for Jewish Studies, with the words “Elka Klein memorial” in the memo line (if you do not put this somewhere on the check, it will not go to the right account!)

Premodern Spanish History Association of the Midwest call for papers (Feb. 24, 2018)

The Premodern Spanish History Association of the Midwest (PSHAM) invites proposals for papers for our annual meeting Feb. 24 in St. Louis, MO, hosted by Patrick O’Banion of Lindenwood University and Gretchen Starr-LeBeau of Principia College. Each year we discuss three or four pre-circulated papers, punctuated by a lunch in which we discuss our current work. Anyone interested in presenting should submit the following to either Gretchen Starr-LeBeau ( or Valentina Tikoff ( by November 20.
–A tentative title and brief project description, including the time and place it discusses, and what it is: journal article, book chapter, etc.
–The academic discipline(s) in which it is principally rooted