Call for Papers for the Judaism Panel at the 20th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture in Chester, UK, 11-13 September, 2020
Judaism is famous for its permeating boundary drawings between dos and don’ts in its religious, ritual-like, and otherwise identificatory acts. Simultaneously, it is famous for keeping its number of heretics at a minimum, often reduced to Jesus, Aher, Tsvi, and maybe Spinoza (e.g. Biale 2002). One should think that many boundaries would generate many heresies in resistance to the identificatory bonds that not only bind, but even constrict. This does not seem to be the case in Judaism. Still, Judaism defends its boundaries like any other culture and has its arsenal of processes by which it others internal transgressors into material and cultural states of unintelligibility.
In line with the overall theme of “transmutations and transgressions” for the 2020 ISRLC conference, the Judaism Panel invites papers willing to analyse and reflect on religious, literary, and cultural examples of transgression in the course of Jewish history and thought. It encourages papers that consider what local material and cultural intra-actions brought Jews to transgress or defend Jewish laws, norms, configurations, and expectations. What were the effects of such transgressions? What theories coupled with situated knowledges might explain why some transgressions provoked processes of othering, sanctions, and violence, while other transgressions were perceived as transmutations of benefit to Jewish culture and in some cases even enabled Judaism to survive and thrive?
Please send proposals and abstracts (around 300 words) and a short bio to Associate Professor in Jewish Studies, Dr. Marianne Schleicher, email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2019. Speakers will only be allowed to give one presentation at the conference. If you are submitting to another panel as well, please give a hint about that.
For more, see the conference website: http://isrlc.org/conference