CFP: Conference "Southern Jews and the Atlantic World", Oct 21-23, 2022 Charleston, SC

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Call for Papers: 

“Southern Jews and the Atlantic World”

47th Annual Conference of the Southern Jewish Historical Society

Hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina

October 21-23, 2022 

Charleston, SC


The Southern Jewish Historical Society will host its 47th annual conference on October 21–23, 2022, in Charleston, South Carolina. The conference theme is “Southern Jews and the Atlantic World.” Following current historiographical trends, this conference aims to expand upon the traditional regional framework that has characterized the study of Jews in the American South and, instead, considers southern Jewish life through a global lens.

Charleston was a major port in the Atlantic mercantile system and has remained at the heart of southern Jewish economic, cultural, and religious life for more than three centuries. Representing the cosmopolitan world we seek to illuminate, the Holy City is an ideal place to explore the trans-Atlantic history of southern Jewry. We invite proposals for individual papers, traditional panels, roundtables, graduate student workshops, as well as alternative formats that highlight the texture of Jewish life, culture, and business around the Atlantic and their convergence in the American South. 

Presentations might consider the varied origins of Jews from around the Atlantic, Jewish economic history and global connections, Jewish involvement in the slave trade and in the institutions of domestic slavery, the experience of Jews in southern port cities, as well as the formation of local, regional, and diasporic Jewish identities and cultures. Additionally, we encourage contributions that explore the confluence of foodways from around the Atlantic, as well as examples of musical, literary, and artistic cross-pollination.

The deadline for panel and paper proposals is March 15, 2022. Please send a proposal and a curriculum vitae, as well as any inquiries, to program co-chair Ashley Walters (