Edna Aizenberg Research Award

Through the kindness and generosity of her family, the Edna Aizenberg Research Award was established in 2018 in honor of longtime LAJSA member and leader, Dr. Edna Aizenberg. The award is intended to encourage and support research in the broadly defined field of Latin American Jewish Studies. A single award will be granted annually.

Award Recipients

2019 — Rachelle Grossman (PhD candidate, Harvard University). Dissertation: “Cultural Capital: Networks of Yiddish Publishing and the Postwar Rise of Buenos Aires.”

2020 — C. Tova Markenson The selection committee unanimously agreed to confer the 2020 Edna Aizenberg Research Award to C. Tova Markenson (Northwestern University) to complete her project “Performing Jewish Migration: Gender, Sexuality, and Embodiment in Latin America’s River Plate Basin (1900-1939). The committee positively valued the goal of the candidate to achieve a refreshing approach to the subject. In her description, Ms. Markenson writes: “To offer a new way of understanding the migration experiences of Latin American Jewish women such as prostitutes, moral reformers, and actresses: I argue that they strategically represented their experiences before Jewish and Gentile authorities in order to persuade Latin American authorities that they were ‘morally upstanding.’ In other words, they needed to perform.”

2021 — Elaine Fitz Gibbon (Harvard University) “Musiktheater in Transit: Circum-Atlantic Perspectives on Avant-garde Music Theater (1945–Present)”

2022 – Melina di Miro (Universidad de Buenos Aires) Project “Reapropiaciones de Shylock en la literatura argentina: Debates y concepciones sobre las relaciones interculturales de judíos y no judíos.” The selection committee praised the proposal as compelling in its solid methodology and innovative perspective of inquiry, in exploring untrodden paths concerning notions of Jewishness and the resignifications of the Shakespearean Jewish merchant figure within an Argentine context. Moreover, the committee was drawn to the potential of how this research will inform scholars in areas beyond the usual scope of Latin American studies.

2023 – Rachel Kaufman (University of California, Los Angeles), “Quería Enseñar: Conversa Transmission, Memory, and Adaptation in Mexico and New Mexico”

Latin American Jewish Studies Association
Edna Aizenberg Research Award
Call for Proposals—2024

Description: The Edna Aizenberg Research Award was established in 2018 in honor of longtime LAJSA member and leader, Dr. Edna Aizenberg. The award is intended to encourage and support research in the broadly defined field of Latin American Jewish Studies. A single award will be granted annually.

Award Amount: US $2000.00

Eligibility: Eligible applicants for the award are doctoral candidates working on their dissertation or recent PhD recipients (within five years) working on their first sole-authored scholarly monograph, which must be new and different research than the dissertation. Applicants must be current members of LAJSA (2024 membership dues paid) at the time of application.

Application: Applications shall consist of the following six (6) items.

  • A cover sheet with the applicant’s name, title of the proposed research project, institutional affiliation, and contact information.
  • Curriculum vitae (Maximum 2 pages).
  • Project description: Provide a brief narrative summary that highlights the significance of the proposed research project both for scholars within your own discipline as well as for a broad audience. The narrative should clearly explain why the aims of your project are important, original, or innovative and make explicit how your work will be relevant for your discipline and the field of Latin American Jewish Studies. (Maximum 1,000 words).
  • Bibliography of works that provides the critical framework of the proposed project (Maximum 2 pages).
  • Plan/Methodology and Timeline: Detail concrete activities to be undertaken (e.g. fieldwork, archival research, data collection and analysis, etc). Be specific in explaining how you will carry out your research and provide a timeline for completion. (Maximum 500 words).
  • Budget: Provide an itemized budget for how the award funds will be expended and provide documentation of expenses to the extent possible. Funds may not be used for publication subvention costs.

Submission: Applications should be submitted electronically as a single Word or PDF document and may be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Send to Darrell B. Lockhart (lockhart@unr.edu) and Evelyn Dean-Olmsted (dr.emdean@gmail.com).

Deadline: Applications are due by no later than June 1, 2024. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a three-member panel selected by the Co-Presidents of LAJSA in consultation with the Board of Directors.

Notification/announcement: The recipient will be notified personally by no later than September 1, 2024 and the award will be officially announced on the LAJSA website, list-serve, and social media.