Queer Loves in Jewish History: From Ancient Israel to Europe before the Shoah

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2018
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
Ancient History, Classical Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

We seek chapters of between approximately 5,500-8,000 words for an edited volume called Queer Loves in Jewish History: From Ancient Israel to Europe Before the Shoah to be published by University of Wisconsin Press in their prestigious Judaic Studies series.  We are interested in coverage of all major periods and topics in queer Jewish history, but have particular needs in the following areas/topics: (1) male homoeroticism in the Hebrew Bible (central focus should not be on the relationship between David and Jonathan); (2) the Talmuds; (3) Lurianic Kabbalah; (4) early-middle Hasidic movement; (5) Shabatai Z'vi; (6) 18-19th centuries; (7) Magnus Hirschfeld and the German Jewish Homophile Movement; and (8) lesbian desire and representation in secular modernist Yiddish culture and literature.  We also have a second volume in the planning stages that will encompass queer subjects in Jewish history from the Shoah in Europe through the present time.

Contact Info: 

Corinne E. Blackmer, Southern Connecticut State University, Professor of English and Judaic Studies

Shaun Jacob Halper, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University