CFP (Conference): Below the Line: The Feuilleton, the Public Sphere, and Modern Jewish Cultures 13-14 May 2020, Michigan (Deadline 30 November 2019)

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Call for Papers
May 13, 2020 to May 14, 2020
Michigan, United States
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Ethnic History / Studies, World History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Journalism and Media Studies

Call For Papers: Below the Line: The Feuilleton, the Public Sphere, and Modern Jewish Cultures

The Feuilleton Project, an initiative organized by faculty at Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan, invites papers for the fourth conference on the Feuilleton and Modern Jewish Cultures titled "Below the Line: The Feuilleton, the Public Sphere, and Modern Jewish Cultures." The conference will be held May 13-14, 2020 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

In the nineteenth century, the feuilleton—a critical public space for political debate, social commentary and literary innovation that supplemented the news in a time of rising literacy and growing newspaper circulation—became a major component of newspapers across Europe and beyond. Feuilletons appeared in French, German, Russian, Polish, as well as Jewish languages like Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabic. By the early twentieth century, the feuilleton was a key site for discussions of national character, portraits of urban life, and aesthetic innovations. It was also increasingly perceived as a Jewish form, by Jewish, non-Jewish, and antisemitic writers.

This conference will explore the feuilleton as a meeting place for journalism, politics and literature; a locus of urban culture; a site of negotiation for transnational identities; and a rich topic for the digital humanities. We welcome papers from history, literary studies, cultural studies, journalism and other related fields and encourage a wide range of theoretical, disciplinary and linguistic approaches.

Please send an abstract of 250 words to by November 30, 2019. Participants will be notified about the status of their application by December 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact Naomi Brenner (, Shachar Pinsker (, Matt Handelsman (

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