BIAJS Conference: Unfolding Time: Texts – Practices – Politics

11–13 July 2022, King’s College London

BIAJS Annual Conference (11-13 July 2022) Registration

We are delighted to announce that registration for this year’s BIAJS conference ‘Unfolding Time: Texts – Practices – Politics’ is open.

The conference theme invites scholars to explore how Jews have shaped and shape their individual, familial and communal commitments, cultural and social lives, historical understandings and political projects by engaging imaginatively with time and ‘time-like’ matters. At the same time, the conference will offer a forum for the discussion of current research in many further areas, it will highlight the work of new scholars, and it will address urgent questions of this moment.

For more information on the conference, including keynote lectures, visits and tours, please visit: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/events/british-and-irish-association-of-jewish-studies-annual-conference. To register securely, please visit: https://estore.kcl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/academic-faculties/faculty-of-arts-humanities/department-of-theology-and-religious-studies/biajs-conference-unfolding-time-texts-practices-politics.

Conference speakers are required to register by Monday, 2 May 2022. The conference programme (draft) will be circulated by Monday, 9 May 2022. Registration closes on Friday 3 June 2022 (UTC+01:00).

We are excited about a conference in whose evolving programme many BIAJS members are actively involved, and we very much look forward to an annual conference in person. We hope to welcome many of you in London in July.

Conference Topic 2022

‘The word unfolding has a double meaning. A bud unfolds into a blossom, but the boat which one teaches children to make by folding paper unfolds into a flat sheet …’  Walter Benjamin.

The annual conference of the British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies 2022 invites scholars to explore how Jews have shaped and shape their individual, familial and communal commitments, their cultural and social lives, their historical understandings and political projects by engaging imaginatively with time and ‘time-like’ matters.

The conference theme recognizes the intense and fruitful engagement in Jewish Studies with questions of time and temporality in recent years. The study of time, time-keeping and temporalities is flourishing in particular in the fields of early rabbinic, mystical and apocalyptic literature. Investigations of time and temporalities in medieval Jewish philosophy and early modern Jewish culture, critical interrogations of the sharp distinction between history and memory in modern times and current ethnographic research on time in a pandemic are just a few further examples for the renewed interest in Jewish temporalities across various fields. The conference will offer the opportunity to bring together a wide range of approaches and insights from diverse periods and regions to nourish new interdisciplinary conversations on Jewish temporalities. It invites us to ask, for instance, how studies of temporal thinking in halakhah, investigations of midrash and history, or research on eschatological temporalities resonate in the study of medieval, early modern and modern Jewish culture. Explorations of the temporalities of reception and transmission in the History of the Book and Reception Studies, and fresh insights from, e.g., Islamic Studies, Literary Studies, Gender Studies and Queer Studies may further shape such interdisciplinary conversations.

The conference organisers would like to thank the European Association of Jewish Studies and the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London for their support.