Call for Papers: Jews and Quakers: On the borders of acceptability
University of Sussex 13th October 2017

The Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex, and Woodbrooke Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, Birmingham, UK

Call for Papers
The Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex and Woodbrooke Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies invite submissions for a groundbreaking joint one-day conference to be held at the University of Sussex under the title Jews and Quakers: On the borders of acceptability. The conference aims to explore the impact on the thought, theology and praxis of Jewish and Quaker communities following experiences of persecution, political alienation and outsider status in the wider communities in which they have lived in Europe, North America and globally since the 17th century. It offers a rare opportunity for researchers to identify and explore such parallels and differences as might be found between the experiences of Jews and Quakers.

The organisers welcome papers from those working in Jewish Studies, and Quaker Studies, History, Economic History, Sociology, Philosophy, Cultural Studies and other related fields with a view to bringing scholars from a number of fields into conversation with one another to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion and shared comparative analyses. This conference will offer an opportunity for discussion between academics working in separate fields with shared thematic interests.

Potential suitable topics for submissions on the theme include, but are not limited to, the following:
• the outsider’s eye, observations on the dominant culture
• surviving persecution
• suffering and group identity
• compromise and assimilation
• family and community cohesion
• theological responses to the experience of marginalisation
• relations with other religious organisations, faiths and minority groups
• accessing education, housing and the labour market
• social and political activism
• philanthropy
• utopian social visions
• wealth and poverty
• discipline, leadership and diversity within communities
• citizenship and identity

Papers are also welcomed that address directly the historical connections between Quakers and Jews and the impact upon each community of those relations, both in the historical and in the contemporary context.

There is no charge for giving papers or for attendance. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge. Travel cannot be reimbursed, so those wishing to attend should be prepared to self-fund travel costs or find a suitable sponsor. Submissions from established scholars, postdoctoral early career researchers and doctoral candidates are welcomed.

Professor Todd M. Endelman, William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Michigan has provisionally agreed to give the keynote address (subject to confirmation). Concluding remarks will be given by Professor Ben Pink Dandelion of the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, and the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster.

Please send 300 word proposals for 30 minute papers, along with a short CV, to the Conference Coordinators at jewsandquakers.conference@gmail.com by midnight Monday 10th April 2017.

The organisers aim to respond to proposals by Monday 24th April 2017. To register for attendance at the conference please email the Co-ordinators to express your interest. Please give details of special dietary or access requirements. This event is supported by the Gerald Hodgett award.

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