CFP: Pluralism, Multilingualism, and Jewish Identities (Harvard University, March 20-21, 2017)


(Harvard CJS): The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University in pleased to announce an interdisciplinary conference for graduate students from universities in the Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, and Eastern Canada).  We invite papers that explore the history of cultural and linguistic diversity in Jewish experience, spanning antiquity to modernity.  Questions for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • What roles has language played in intra-Jewish relations across denominational, geographic, and ethnic lines?
  • How have pluralism, universalism, and particularism been imagined as Jewish values in different historical contexts?
  • In what way have biblical and rabbinical texts shaped Jewish approaches to language?
  • Is Hebrew (whether ancient or modern) unifying or divisive?
  • How do Jews form communities in pluralistic societies?
  • How do they delineate personal authority within existing power structures?
  • What is the relationship between pluralism and secularism?

Beyond these suggestions, all papers that engage the conference theme are welcomed.

Please submit the following in PDF format to by 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, 2016:

  • Titled proposal of 300-500 words in length, prepared for blind review.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than two pages in length.