CFP: Israel-Diaspora Relations, Special Issue of Journal of Jewish Identities

Amy Weiss Announcement
Subject Fields
Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

Call for Papers

Israel-Diaspora Relations

Special Issue of Journal of Jewish Identities

Guest Editors: Rachel Fish and Amy Weiss

Editor in Chief: Rachel S. Harris

Managing Editor: Jordan Rosenblum


This special issue of the Journal of Jewish Identities will explore the ways in which Jewish communities throughout diaspora think about the relationship with Israel. Areas of interest include: the state of Israel, the people of Israel (Jews and non-Jews), the land of Israel, Israeli societal challenges that impact Jewish communities in diaspora such as religion and state issues, and the narratives that frame the discourse about internal Jewish communal politics. The journal seeks perspectives that are not only within the North American framing but engages the question of diaspora in a more comprehensive manner. This special issue intends a broad swath of perspectives on considering diaspora-Israel relations that engage with contemporary scholarship in the relevant fields.


The Journal of Jewish Identities seeks articles for a special issue on Israel-diaspora relations to be edited by Rachel Fish and Amy Weiss. Possible topics might include:

  • How has the language of engagement and dissent related to Israel changed over time?
  • How has the IHRA definition of antisemitism, along with the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism, informed the ways in which global communities have responded to antisemitism?
  • How have Israel-diaspora relations played out in film, photography, and other media?
  • How have current political and ideological approaches towards Israel shaped philanthropic practices and political activism?
  • How have evangelical politics and attachments to Israel impacted Israel-diaspora relations?
  • How have questions of gender and sexuality impacted Israel-diaspora relations?
  • How has the pandemic impacted Israel’s relationship with other countries?
  • How have the recent Abraham Accords altered the geopolitical reality for Israel?
  • In the most recent escalation of tensions between Hamas and Israel in May 2021, the media, and in particular social media platforms, served as a forum for activism within a variety of communities. How has this activism impacted relations between Palestinian and Jewish diaspora communities?

We are interested in both standard article-length contributions (7,000 – 10,000 words) as well as shorter annotations of documents, or objects (750 – 1,000 words) and mini-articles on pedagogy (1,000 – 1,500 words).



Please send a proposal/abstract of no more than 500 words to Rachel Fish at and Amy Weiss at by December 15, 2021 along with a 1-page CV. Queries are welcome. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2022. The due date for completed drafts is December 31, 2022.


December 15, 2021: Deadline for queries and 500-word proposals

December 31, 2022: Deadline for 7,000 – 10,000 word articles or shorter pieces

July 31, 2023: Deadline for fully revised manuscripts (responding to reviewer feedback)


Submissions should be uploaded to ScholarOne, Manuscripts should be prepared using the Chicago Manual of Style. The preferred length for article manuscripts is 7,000 – 10,000 words, but shorter or longer submissions will be considered and will be reviewed following the Journal’s standard process. Please include an abstract of 150 words (or less) and a biographical note. All articles are anonymously reviewed. Submissions must be in the English language and are considered for publication on the understanding that the author(s) offer the Journal of Jewish Identities the exclusive option to publish and that the paper is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for using any previously published material. Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the journal. Authors may, of course, use the article elsewhere after publication without prior permission from the Journal of Jewish Identities, provided that acknowledgement is given to the Journal as the original source of publication, and that the Journal is notified so that its records show that its use is properly authorized.

The Journal of Jewish Identities is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed forum for contesting ideas and debates concerning the formations of, and transformations in, Jewish identities in its various aspects, layers, and manifestations. The aim of this journal is to encourage the development of theory and practice in a wider spread of disciplinary approaches, to promote conceptual innovation, and to provide a venue for the entry of new perspectives. Submissions are invited from all fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences and from the full range of methodologies. Diverse theoretical and philosophical approaches and methodologies, interdisciplinary research studies, as well as instructive case studies, are particularly welcome. The Journal publishes empirical and theoretical articles, documents, an occasional debate section, as well as review essays and book reviews. The Journal of Jewish Identities is published twice a year.


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