Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Music and Music History, Jewish History / Studies
ucLadino (En)gendering Ladino: Transmission, Language, and Creation
April 11, 2022
Keynote Address: “The Body, the Voice and the Matriarch: Sonic Transmissions of (En)gendering beyond Language and Belief” Vanessa Paloma Elbaz (University of Cambridge & INALCO)
The theme for this year’s UCLadino Conference is (En)gendering Ladino: Transmission, Language, and Creation. As Emma Pérez writes in The Decolonial Imaginary about Chicana/o history, “(en)gendering” the past means approaching silences in the historical record to uncover previously unheard voices, as opposed to covering silences with “a thick layer of events,” as Foucault writes. This conference aims to re-approach the Ladino archive—its transmission through literary production, family stories, trade routes, and music—across global contexts with this framework of (en)gendering in mind. Possible conference topics might include: language preservation and transmission; public versus private artistic production; Ladino’s hybridity or adaptability in different global or linguistic contexts; Ladino literary voices; Ladino and oral histories; language and nostalgia; queer, feminist, and intersectional approaches to Sephardic history; and Ladino’s relationship to other diasporic languages.
We encourage papers that engage with Ladino in its various global contexts and communities and which situate Ladino in an outward-looking and/or cross-disciplinary way.
To apply, please email your paper’s title, an abstract of 250 words,