Call for Papers

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2017
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

We are pleased to invite proposals for the upcoming Hayim Perelmuter Conference, which will take place at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago on April 9-10, 2018. The Perelmuter Conference has a long tradition of focusing on Jewish-Catholic dialogue and exploring scholarship pertaining to the intersection of Jewish and Catholic literature, history, and theology. The theme of the 2018 conference will be The Scholar and the Pew: On Gaps and Bridges Between Scholarship and Community Leadership in Judaism and Christianity. 

We invite abstracts regarding topics pertaining to Jewish and Christian, especially Catholic, approaches to the responsibilities of the scholar to his or her religious community, the relationship of the scholar to clerics from his or her religious community, the ways in which Jewish and Christian scholars have interacted with one another as leaders of their communities, and related topics.

Rabbi Dr. Hayim Goren Perelmuter was the first Professor of Jewish Studies at Catholic Theological Union and the Rabbi of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park. He made a deep and lasting impact on Jewish-Christian relations in the Chicago community and beyond. Rabbi Perelmuter co-directed the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union with Fr. John Pawlikowski for over three decades. The Perelmuter conference is dedicated to continuing Rabbi Perelmuter’s legacy of dialogue and friendship between Jews and Christians.

Abstracts should be no more than 350 words, and papers should be twenty minutes in length, allowing for an additional ten minutes of discussion. Please send abstracts by November 1st to Dr. Malka Simkovich at, Dr. Tzvi Novick at, and Dr. John Barker at Graduate students are asked to submit a curriculum vitae along with their abstract. The conference will provide speakers with meals and an honorarium to help cover travel costs and discounted lodging at CTU.

Contact Info: 

Malka Simkovich

Tzvi Novick

John Barker