Last Call: CFP: University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought

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Last Call: Call for Papers: Translation and Transformation
University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought

The upcoming issue of the TJJT will explore the long history of Jewish translation, specifically how individuals and communities have defined themselves and others by considering and transforming Jewish texts.  From the first Greek and Aramaic translations of the Bible, to medieval Hebrew translations of philosophical works from Arabic and Latin, to contemporary translations of Israeli literature, the process of reinterpreting inherited texts has shaped Jewish identity in practically every era and locale.

The Journal welcomes contributions from every discipline of Jewish Studies that creatively and rigorously engages with the broad theme of translation. In addition to historical cases of linguistic translations, we welcome essays on the transformation of religious, philosophical, and artistic paradigms and traditions.

For this special issue, the editorial board encourages contributions from translators and creative writers who wish to explore the issue’s theme through art pieces, poetry and creative nonfiction. Translators will have the opportunity to offer their methodological process in a short introduction that will accompany their pieces. All interested translators and creative writers should include relevant samples with their sent proposals. 

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of biblical and rabbinic translations
  • Neo-religious movements
  • Translations within Jewish historiography and academic study (Wissenschaft des Judentums, Geniza Studies)
  • Revivals in Yiddish, Ladino, and Arabic theatre and music
  • Sociological studies of digital learning and hypertexts
  • Interpretations in Jewish art

Please submit a proposal to by November 1, 2019

Although the journal will consider excerpts from longer works and thesis chapters, articles should not exceed 6,000 words. Translators who submit pieces not outside public domain will have to ensure permissions by original authors.

Proposals should include a short biographical paragraph not exceeding 100 words. Submissions, including footnotes and bibliographic matter, should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style and emailed as a PDF. 

Please contact with any questions. 

We look forward to reading your abstract, 

Leonard Stein and Miriam Borden