Tamir Karkason is a PhD student and lecturer at the Department of History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry, as well as a Rottenstreich Fellow and President's Fellow at the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2015-2018).
Karkason is currently writing a dissertation entitled: "The Ottoman-Jewish Haskalah, 1839-1908: A Transformation in Western Anatolia, the Southern Balkans and Jerusalem Jewish Communities", under the supervision of Prof. Yaron Ben-Naeh.
His MA Thesis: "Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and his Attitude to the Sephardim, 1879-1908", was written in Tel-Aviv University under the supervision of Prof. Yaron Tsur and Dr. Noah Gerber (2013. Summa cum laude). He is currently working on a monograph based on his MA Thesis.
His research and teaching interests include history of the Ottoman Jewry; the connections between European and Non-European Jews; the Jewish Haskalah movement; history of Sephardim and Mizrahim in Palestine and Israel; and history of the Jewish, especially the Sephardic, book and reading culture. In his studies, he uses methodologies from the postcolonial studies, space and place studies, and translation studies.
- Tamir Karkason, “Sabbateanism and the Ma’aminim in the Writings of Abraham Elmaleh”, El Prezente: Studies in Sephardic Culture 10 (2016), pp. 123-142
- “Sephardi Historiography: ‘Three who preceded Ben-Yehuda’ as a Test Case”, Pe’amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry 149 (2017), pp. 97-136 (Hebrew)
- Yaron Ben-Naeh and Tamir Karkason, “Writings in Hebrew on Istanbul during the Last Ottoman Century and the Early Years of the Turkish Republic”, in: Christoph Hertzog and Richard Wittmann (eds.), Recovering the Voices of Late Ottoman Istanbul’s Multiethnic Residents through Self-Narratives (1830-1930): Sources and Research Paradigms, Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing (in press)