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Jews in the Americas: A Hybrid Interdisciplinary Conference

The University of Kansas | April 18-19, 2024

The Center of Global and International Studies and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Kansas are pleased to announce a call for papers for the "Jews in the Americas” Conference, to be held on April 18-19, 2024 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars from a variety of fields, including history, religion, sociology, politics, anthropology, literature, and the arts, to explore the rich and diverse experiences of Jews in the Americas.


The event will be hybrid, with most sessions online however we welcome participants to visit the KU campus in Lawrence, Kansas, where we will have an in-person audience. 

We invite proposals for papers that address any aspect of Jewish life in the Americas, in one or more countries or regions, from the colonial era to the present day. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Jewish migration and settlement in the Americas 

  • Jewish religious and cultural life in the Americas 

  • Jewish contributions to the arts, sciences, and professions in the Americas 

  • Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations in the Americas and ways in which Jews have shaped and been shaped by the societies in which they live 

  • Jewish responses to racism, antisemitism, and other forms of discrimination in the Americas 

  • Jewish identity and community formation in the Americas and intersections of Jewish identity with other categories of identity 

  • Jewish communities’ relations to Israel 

  • The transnational dimensions of Jewish life in the Americas 

  • The Jewish relationship to Spanish, French, Dutch, and English colonialism 

  • The Jewish relationship to indigenous peoples of the Americas 

  • Jews of the Caribbean 

We seek submissions to the conference of original, unpublished research projects. Presentations can be from a discipline-specific approach or those who employ an interdisciplinary approach. 

Panels and papers can be in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or Hebrew. Live interpretation will be provided. 

We welcome proposals from both established and emerging scholars (including doctoral students). 

We seek submissions to the conference of original, unpublished research projects. Presentations can be from a discipline-specific approach or those who employ an interdisciplinary approach. 

Panels and papers can be in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or Hebrew. Live interpretation will be provided. 

We welcome proposals from both established and emerging scholars (including doctoral students). 

Please submit your panel (three or four presenters) proposal at: https://kusurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cA1zi1pAYOqnyFU  

Or individual paper proposals at  https://kusurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6JrS7Jcg6A9Vlhs  

The due date for submissions is February 29, 2024. Accepted panels or papers will be notified by March 15, 2024.  

Please contact Professors Luciano Tosta (lucianotosta@ku.edu), Samuel Brody (samuelbrody@ku.edu) and Rami Zeedan (rzeedan@ku.edu) if you have any questions.  

For general inquiries please write to jewsinamericas@ku.edu.

If you are only interested in attending the conference, please register here: https://kansas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lA0BaEF_RDOLVA6yT7x2aA#/registration