Category Archives: Call for Papers

Algerian Jewry Through the Ages, 26 September 2024

The Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East wishes to hold an academic conference on Algerian Jewry through the ages. The conference will be dedicated to new research on this unique community, and to presenting a broad picture of its rich history and culture, of the deep changes the community has undergone in recent generations, and of its present. The conference will include a special session dedicated to the thought and activity of the late Rabbi Samuel René Sirat (1930-2023), on the second anniversary of his death.

Call for Submissions: ‘Storytelling and the Middle Ages’, Trivent Publishing, deadline 1 May 2024

This series examines the cultural practice of storytelling in and about the Middle Ages. It aims at advancing our understanding of the art and practice of storytelling in the global Middle Ages in different languages and media. It places particular emphasis on the combination of narration and performance, and it extends its scope to include contemporary storytelling of medieval stories and themes. Moreover, the series invites contributions researching the stories we tell today about the Middle Ages, and so welcomes perspectives on medievalism and the ways our narratives about our cultural past connect with historical reality. The series welcomes a global perspective and a comparative point of view. The series invites proposals for monographs, edited collections and conference proceedings on all subjects related to storytelling in and about the Middle Ages. 

Call for Papers: The Power of Asymmetry or the Struggle for Truth: Invective Practices in Premodern Europe

07.10.2024 – 09.10.2024, Prague

Submission Deadline: 15.03.2024

Researchers from various disciplines are invited to submit proposals for 30-minute papers on the subject of invective practices in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

When it comes to constituting and maintaining social cohesion, contemporary political discourse usually warns against social polarization and division, while also invoking values such as solidarity and cooperation. From an analytical point of view, however, the roots of human communities are more diverse and contradictory. A group may have come into being by command or consensus, by contract or propaganda, by necessity or kinship, by all at the same time, or in another way altogether. Particularly effective are such concepts that enable a group to recognize and determine itself through some kind of conflict with others. The “we” is thus often constituted in demarcation and in contrast to “the other(s)”.
This mechanism of communication was also decisive in premodern Europe, from the Middle Ages to the early modern period. It can be observed in ever-changing constellations, from the confrontation between orthodox believers and “heretics” to the humanists’ vituperation and the Enlightenment’s contempt towards the common people. The manifold patterns of intercommunitary disparagement will be the focus of the planned conference.

Call for Papers: Jews in Krakow: History and Culture. Krakow, Sept. 23-25, 2024

Submission deadline: April 15, 2024

In 1986 the first academic institution in post-war Poland devoted to the study of the history of Jews – The Research Center on the History and Culture of Jews in Poland at the Jagiellonian University – opened in Krakow. Today the city, with its numerous academic and cultural institutions, is one of the most thriving centers of Jewish studies in Central Europe.

The abundant literature on Krakow’s Jewry is written in many languages (mainly Polish, English, Hebrew, and German), which reflects the international character of the research. Numerous research projects pertinent to various aspects of the history of Jews in Krakow have been conducted in recent decades. The conference will serve as a platform for researchers from various centers and academic backgrounds to meet. Organisers invite papers engaging with any aspects of the history and culture of Krakow’s Jewry, from the Middle Ages to today: social, religious, political and economic history; cultural, literary and everyday life; history of Jewish institutions, biographies, and commemorations of Krakow Jewry.

Writing Jewish Masculinities across the Middle East and the North Africa

This collection will offer a pioneering perspective on Jewish masculinities, significantly enriching our understanding of the intricate intersections of aging, gender, and migration. Our goal is to publish these contributions in an edited volume through Edizioni Ca’ Foscari – Venice University Press, ensuring rigorous peer review for scholarly excellence.

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The Girona International Research Workshop on the Kabbalah of Catalonia, 6–8 May 2024

The Instituto de Estudios Judíos Barcelona (EJB), in collaboration with the Universitat de Girona  (Catedra Ferrater Mora de pensament Contemporani), Institut d`Estudis Nahmànides, and Paideia (European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden),  is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Girona International Research Workshop on the Kabbalah of Catalonia, scheduled to take place from May 6 to May 8, 2024.

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Jewish Law Association (JLA) Conference, Harvard 19-21 August, 2024

The Jewish Law Association is seeking papers on the topic of Canon, Authority, and the Creation of Halakhah. The JLA International 2024 Conference will take place at the Harvard Law School and will be co-hosted by the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law. This conference seeks to expose and to explore the myriad ways that ideas, definitions, and rhetoric of canon and authority provide the impression of inevitability in halakhic decision-making. We aim to explore both the ways in which halakhic decision-making establishes ideas of canonicity (what is “inside” what is “outside” the canon) and the ways in which the establishment of a canon, as well as its sometimes-unclarified border, shapes halakhic decision-making. We seek papers that interrogate a variety of historical periods (ancient to contemporary), geographic locations, genres and literatures from a wide range of academic perspectives. We also encourage papers that tackle these questions from a pedagogical perspective.

Mobilität, Migration, Verwurzelung. Jüdische Siedlungsgeschichte in Schwaben, 13–15 Juni 2024, Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Tagungszentrum Stuttgart- Hohenheim

Der Arbeitskreis Jüdisches Schwaben (AKJS) am Institut für Geschichtliche Landeskunde und Historische Hilfswissenschaften der Universität Tübingen; Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Fachbereich Geschichte, veranstaltet folgende Tagung:

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