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[Conference CFP] International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies



, 7-10 ARALIK 2020

הכנס הבינלאומי הרביעי לחקר ישראל והיהדות, כא-כד כסלו ה'תשפ"א

المؤتمر الدولي الرابع للدراسات الإسرائيلية واليهودية, ٢٢- ٢٥ ربيع الآخر ١٤٤٢

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the fourth annual scholarly International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies (vICIJS’20) organized by Israiliyat: Journal of Israeli and Judaic Studies (e-ISSN 2645-890X) will be held as a virtual conference in December 07-10, 2020.

The aim of this year’s conference is to present new methods of assessing Jewish identity and to identify patterns of Jewish engagement. Recent academic and public discourse on Judaism includes new approaches and understandings of the term "Judaism". The question which is frequently raised, "Who is a Jew?" has been receiving several and different dimensional replies.

The concepts which the new scholarship has been creating are based on the researcher's worldview thus inevitably influencing their research choices and research challenges. The discussion on what is Judaism and who defines himself as a Jew portrays new identities as well as self-definition of various groups/ individuals.

The Conference seeks to address the following questions: Can we define one Jewish identity? If so, from what does it derive? What are the expressions of this identity according to different regions today? How has the Jewish identity been assessed in the past vs. the present by different scholars? How is “the new Jew” described in the Zionist literature? What are the relations between Judaism and Zionism in the current discourse? How do relations between the Jewish communities outside Israel define their "Jewishness" and what is their affinity to Israel? Do non-Jews have any influence on Jewish identity? and if so, in what way?

The conference scope includes all subareas of Israel and Judaism Studies. These include (but are not only limited to) not only the traditional areas in Judaic Studies but also various disciplines such as current political issues, international relations, history and sociology in in Israel Studies. The point of views presented in the conference will be multidimensional: Zionism, Israeli culture and politics, the conflict between Palestine and Israel, Hebrew Literature, Education in Israel, various interpretations of Judaism as a belief system and historical backgrounds etc.

vICIJS’20 also is pleased to announce the annual rewards delivered for the fourth time for the distinguished dissertations/ theses written in Turkey in the field of Israel and Judaism Studies in the categories of history, politics and religion in both the M.A. and PhD. decrees. Moreover, articles and original/translated books having scientific research methods will also be awarded.

The publishing and application/ registration procedures in conference consist of four phases:

(i) application by submitting an abstract,

(ii) registration by submitting the full text and/or research articles (optional),

(iii) participation by submitting the pre-recorded video (optional), and

(iv) live streaming the presentation or replaying the pre-recorded talks (with/ without Q&A)

The file should be sent through Gmail ( using Google Drive.

Please, remember the following important dates:

(i) Deadline for Abstract: November 15, 2020 December 03, 2020,

(ii) Notification of Acceptance: after review process without any loss of time

(iii) Deadline for Full Text and/or Research Article Submission and/or pre-Recorded Video Submission: December 07, 2020

(iv) Conference Dates: December 07-10, 2020

This year, due to Covid-19, the conference will be held virtually, through video conferencing. All virtual participants who do not attend the live online sessions must submit their recorded presentations by conference dates. The video presentations can be prepared in any language if subtitled in English or Turkish. The papers will be published in the Proceeding and Abstract Book (with e-ISBN); the revised, full version of the articles will be published in the Israiliyat journal or in a book upon referees’ decision.

The organizers welcome all proposals, including suggestions for session proposals with different themes "related to Israel and Judaic Studies.

There is no registration fee. All presenters who make live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous) presentations will receive a certificate of participation following the virtual conference.

Please circulate the Call, among your colleagues and networks.

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions and requests related to the vICIJS’20 at

See the conference web page for the Call for paper in different languages. For more Conference details and for up-to-date information which have not translated to different languages, click conference booklets in English or Turkish.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ICIJS’20 Virtual Conference in December.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Efrat AVIV


Organizing Committee co-Chairs, Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies