Cosmic Ecologies / Animalities in Medieval Jewish Art

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Call for Papers
United States
Subject Fields: 
Animal Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

Graduate students and early career scholars are invited to send in paper abstracts for a two-day symposium on animality in pre-modern, and particularly medieval, Jewish art and culture. The symposium, which will take place at the Newberry Library in Chicago on May 14-15, 2024 (just after the ICMS at Kalamazoo), will address a plethora of topics, including cosmic ecologies and their continuities across the animal-human-divine-demonic spectrum; collisions -- visual and textual -- between humanities and animalities; bestialization as a heuristic; animalization of Jews in Jewish and Christian discourses; zoocephaly in material and literary sources; monstrosities and hybridities as sites of wonder and liminality. We have already assembled a cohort of established scholars in the fields of Art History and Judaic Studies to speak at the symposium, and our hope is to include some new voices as well.

Please submit a CV and 250 word abstract by August 15th to the organizers:
Elina Gertsman
Julie Harris
David Shyovitz



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Prof. Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve University

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