In September, I attended the symposium of the International Institute of Jewish Genealogy and made several postings (check out Sept. 10-15 entries here) about the interesting presentations.
Director Neville Lamdan just wrote to me that the IIJG has now posted a list of 20 topic areas in which the institute is seeking serious research proposals. The projects may be for one or two years. IIJG funding of up to $10,000 may be available for those projects selected.
This is, according to Lamdan, a great opportunity for qualified researchers to become involved in the developing field of academic Jewish genealogy.
For details, click here and scroll down to section 2: "Call for Projects". The deadline for submission is April 15, 2007. Proposals will be judged by rigorous scholarly standards for content, originality, importance, sources, methodology, etc.
Categories include historical genealogy, multi-disciplinary study, Rabbinics and onomastics, migration studies and exact sciences. The list of topics ranges widely: among them are the Cairo Geniza; the effects of the plague on the Middle Ages Jewish family; lineages of Conversos/Crypto-Jews in selected areas (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, New Mexico); Jewish tombstone carving/painting from iconographical and genealogical points of view; given and surnames names of Sephardic and Mizrahi communities, by period, location, type, etynologies; in-depth studies of Jewish names in "neglected" parts of Europe (Romania, Hungary, Czech, Alsace Lorraine); and broadening the the soundex system beyond Eastern European names to cover names from other major linguistic groups.