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Call for Papers: British Association for Jewish Studies

British Association for Jewish
Studies Annual Conference 2018,
Durham 9-11 July 2018

Theories and Histories: Jewish Studies Across
Disciplines
We gratefully acknowledge the following institutions for their support of the conference:
 the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS).
 St Aidan’s College, Durham University.
Call for Papers:
The annual conference of the British Association for Jewish Studies 2018 will seek
to put key Jewish Studies questions in dialogue with broader intellectual concerns
of different academic disciplines. What do varying understandings of what it means
to be Jewish tell us about contemporary constructions of what it means to be a
human being and a fellow citizen? In what ways does research into Jewish
diasporas contribute to debates about transnationalism? How does the diversity of
Jewish communities’ sociality, religion and culture reflect the social diversity of
their localities? The conference will explore how Jewish Studies can both engage
with existing intellectual agendas of the humanities and social sciences and provide
a model for inquiry that goes beyond disciplinary boundaries. We welcome papers
that explore Jewish traditions in different parts of the world and in different
historical periods. Topics examined in the conference can include, but won’t be
limited to the following:
 Diversity in Jewish histories and cultures
 Israel and Diaspora
 Jewish Studies at the intersection with critical race studies and gender theory
 Judaism, religion and secularism
 Jewishness, arts and literature
 Jewish Studies, colonialism, and postcolonialism
As usual with BAJS conferences, papers on topics unrelated to the conference theme
are also welcome, including proposals by graduate students wishing to present on
their doctoral research.
We have a limited number of bursaries available for postgraduate
students and early career researchers. If you would like to be
considered, please state this in your proposal and send your CV.
Confirmed keynote speakers and preliminary titles:

 Professor Bryan Cheyette (Reading) The Ghetto as Travelling Concept
 Professor Martin Goodman (Oxford) The History of Judaism and the History
of Religions
 Professor Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth) Theorizing Jewish Studies: Race,
Gender and Empire
 Professor Fania Oz-Salzberger (Paideia) Truth, Story, and History: Jewish
Studies Across Disciplines
Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a
speaker biography of 100 words max.
Panel proposals should include a rationale for the panel of no more than 500 words,
abstracts of 300 words max for each paper proposed as part of the panel and speaker
biographies of no more than 100 words.
Speakers are allocated 30min for their presentation and questions following the
paper. Usually papers are c.20min in length, allowing for 10min of questions and
discussion.
We have a limited number of bursaries available for postgraduate
students and early career researchers. If you would like to be
considered, please state this in your proposal and send your CV.

Please send paper and panel proposals and all conference-related correspondence to
BAJS.2018@durham.ac.uk.
Deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals: 15 February 2018