Call for Papers
Jews and the Americas:
The 68thAnnual Conference of the Center for Latin American Studies, jointly sponsored by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida.
February 24-26, 2019
This multidisciplinary conference aims to explore various facets of the Jewish experience in the Americas from the 16th century until today. This experience has been shaped by intra-religious developments as well as through relations – actual, spiritual, and imaginary – with Jewish communities outside the Americas. It was, of course, likewise influenced by the same political, economic, cultural, and social forces that shaped the societies of the Americas more generally during the past five centuries.
The aim of the conference is to bring together the fields of Latin American and Jewish studies and scholarship on North America through different disciplinary approaches. At the same time, the organizers would also like to allow students, UF’s academic community, and the broader public to gain new insights into the multidisciplinary research being conducted on the Jewish experience in the Americas.
The conference will be organized around thematic panels and will also be open to presenters who look at any aspect of the broader topic through a comparative or trans-national lens. The organizing committee is interested in papers and panels that study the material cultures of Jews in the Americas; commercial and religious networks; intellectual exchange and artistic endeavors; trans-national/ethnic/religious diasporas, diversity, marginality, and identity discourses in conjunction with the Jewish experience in the Americas from the colonial period throughout the early twenty-first century. The organizers are especially looking forward to presentations that offer fresh insights into the cultural, intellectual, economic, and political world of the Jews of the Americas and which challenge the dominant narratives that have shaped our knowledge of the connection between Jews and the Americas.
Individual paper applications should include a max. 300-word abstract and CV. Panel proposals should be limited to a 100-word description and include at least one paper proposal. The organizers accept applications in English, the language of the conference will be English. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2018. Submit proposals to our online application page at: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ASw0DDVGVpWmQB
All applicants will be notified no later than October 15, 2018.
The organizers will cover travel and lodging expenses for participants.
For additional information please write to JewsandtheAmericasConference@uflib.ufl.edu.
Jews and the Americas Conference