Ecocriticism and Animal Studies in Jewish and Modern Hebrew Literature

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Call for Papers
March 19, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Literature, Middle East History / Studies

Wandering beyond the Boundaries:
Defining the Natural in Jewish and Modern Hebrew Literature

Date: November 13-14, 2023
Venue: Inalco, Auditorium Georges Dumézil, 2 Rue de Lille 75007, Paris
Cermom Inalco (Institut National Langues et Civilisations Orientales), Paris and the Department of Hebrew Literature Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Ecocriticism and Animal Studies have made their entrance in the context of Jewish and modern Hebrew literature studies during the first decade of the 2000’s. While they have kept on gaining their foothold since, they also keep on allowing Hebrew and Jewish literary criticism to wander beyond the boundaries launching a fresh approach on the interpretation of the literary corpus. 

We therefore invite proposals that deal with Jewish and Hebrew literature in the light of the following topics:
1. The influence of Enlightenment, Romantic, modernist ideas of nature on Jewish and Modern Hebrew Literature;
2. Language issues:
2.1. focusing on the refusal to consider language only as a self-centered system of cultural projections and an effort to conceive it as an instrument to express the natural world;
2. 2. As a prerogative that does not belong exclusively to humans but also to animals;
3. Space issues, with a special focus on human and animal spaces;
4. Climate change;
5. Utopia, dystopia, alternate history.

1. The deadline for the submission of the abstract is 19 March;
2. Please include: full title, abstract (150 words), and 3 keywords;
3. A cover letter should be also sent in the same email, with: full title of the article and full name;
of the Author(s), with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details, plus a short biographical note; Author(s)’s statement confirming the agreement to the submission and that the article was not published before and is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal;
4. Each text submitted should be a doc. or pdf document, written in American English, double-space in 12-point Times New Roman; fully justified;
5. Successful Author(s) will be notified by 16 April;
6. Please send your abstract to: Anna Lissa Naama Harel and Yael Bruchim

The Complete cfp is available here (in English) and on the dedicated Inalco homepage (in French)

Contact Info: 

Inalco, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75214 Paris Cedex 13