British Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference

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.

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. 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 BAJS2018@durham.ac.uk.

Deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals: 31 January 2018

Conference booking will open early in March and delegates will be asked to register by 15 April 2018.