Call For Papers: Jews between Public and Private Space


We are pleased to forward this Call for Papers for the Jewish Studies Graduate Conference “Kissing the Mezuzah”: Jews Between Public and Private Space, Indiana University, February 11–12,  2016


The 4th Annual Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference, Indiana University Bloomington

Thursday, February 11 — Friday, February 12, 2016

Proposal submission deadline: November 20, 2015.

This conference will explore the ways in which Judaism and Jewishness have been, and continue to be negotiated with respect to space and place. We welcome submissions on topics as diverse as architecture, urban spaces, and sites of memory; textual and linguistic spaces, translations, and dialect; gender, sexuality, and the body; geography, migration, and exploration; the mapping of intellectual and academic spaces; and religious and ethnic identities. What does it mean for a space to be Jewish? How do we construct, mark, contest, or negotiate the borders, walls, and boundaries of Jewish and non-Jewish spaces? 

How is Jewishness performed within these spaces?

Organizers are seeking imaginative and innovative submissions from graduate students and recent Ph.D. graduates that define, expand, or challenge the existing boundaries of Jewish space in all its forms. This conference is designed to encompass a wide range of academic disciplines producing a sustained and focused conversation about space and place in the Jewish world, both past and present. The conference will feature a keynote address given on Thursday evening and will otherwise involve themed panels of graduate students grouped according to research interests. Authors will deliver a 20-minute paper with response and questions at the end of each panel. 

Graduate students are invited to submit proposals for their papers, which should include the following information attached: 

1. A paper title 
2. An abstract of between 300–500 words.
3. Contact information, including name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and graduate institution. 

Please send proposals as an e-mail attachment to with “Jewish Studies Graduate Student Conference Proposal” as its subject.

Proposals are due by November 20, 2015. Final decision will be made no later than mid-December. If you are invited to speak, you will be asked to submit a full version of your paper no later than Friday 22 January 2016. Participants will cover their own travel and lodging expenses. Meals will be provided.


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