The Association for Jewish Studies (2013): Intersections of Jewish and Postcolonial Thought

When:
December 15, 2013 – December 18, 2013 all-day
2013-12-15T05:00:00+00:00
2013-12-18T05:00:00+00:00
Where:
Sheraton
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
USA
Contact:

Postcolonial theory is one of the most influential theoretical strands of our time and it has a profound impact on the study of various fields within Jewish Studies. Yet—with a few exceptions—its relevance for the study of Jewish thought has not been sufficiently addressed in scholarship. We would like to organize a panel around possible connections between Jewish thought and postcolonial theory for the upcoming AJS conference in Boston (December 2013).

The proposed panel will bring Jewish thought into dialogue with postcolonial theory: How does Jewish philosophy serve as the colonized other of general philosophy? What are the power-relations involved in different modes of dialogical thinking? To what extent do colonial fantasies, and critique of them, shape Jewish political theory? Can Jewish thinkers be considered as writing from a subaltern position? What is the meaning of debates on Jewish essence in a post-essentialist age?

We invite submissions that deal with these and other questions related to the theme. Please send 350 words abstract and a short biographical paragraph by April 21st to Yaniv Feller (yaniv.feller@mail.utoronto.ca).

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