'Race in Jewish Worlds, Antiquity to the Present', British & Irish Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference

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Call for Papers
December 15, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies


Since the explosion of Black Lives Matter in 2020, societies around the world are paying greater attention to the questions of race and racism, including their role in human history. Over the last decade, a growing number of scholars of the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds have argued that race has held a central place in politics, social relations, and culture. These scholars have challenged the received wisdom that ‘race’ simply popped up as an idea in late modern Europe. Significantly, Jews and Judaism have featured as important parts of this story.

The 2023 British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies (BIAJS2023) conference will build on this work. The event will explore how race has affected, and been a part of, Jewish lives and beliefs across Jewish time and space, around the globe. In addition, BIAJS2023 welcomes papers on all aspects of Jewish Studies, and will provide the opportunity for participants to network with peers in Jewish Studies from Ireland, the UK, continental Europe, and the wider world.


Professor Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History, Queen Mary, University of London, and President, Jewish Historical Society of England. Author of Cities of Strangers: Making Lives in Medieval Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Dr Richard Benjamin, Head, International Slavery Museum, and Visiting Professor of Slavery and Public Engagement, University of Liverpool.

Professor David Horrell, Professor of New Testament Studies and the Director of the Center for Biblical Studies, University of Exeter. Author of Ethnicity and Inclusion: Religion, Race, and Whiteness in Constructions of Jewish and Christian Identities (Eerdmans, 2020).

Professor Satnam Virdee, Professor of Sociology, University of Glasgow. Author of Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

For more details, please go to: https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/icr/2022/09/27/race-in-jewish-worlds-antiqu...

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Professor James Renton, President, British & Irish Association for Jewish Studies.

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