Call for Entries: Conney Conference on Jewish Arts 2013

24 Sep

Conney Conference on Jewish Arts: DIASPORAS
April 9-12, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for Proposals:

The Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, sponsored by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, and performances for their 2013 conference, “Diasporas”.

The Conney Conference aims to raise awareness of the contributions of Jewish artists and scholars to the landscape and history of the arts in general and to encourage and support new scholarship and production in all the arts, including literature, music, and the visual and performing arts. Now in its 4th iteration, previous keynote speakers have included Norman Kleeblatt, The Susan and Elihu Rose Curator of Fine Arts at The Jewish Museum, New York and Connie Wolf, director of Stanford’s Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.

Art forms, movements and practices are especially sensitive to the terrains and temporalities from which they flow. They are also equally mutable as they pass through unfamiliar territories, which often inscribe secondary levels of context and meaning to them. As Jewish artists and artists concerned with the human condition at large have embraced a contemporary version of nomadism, the way in which tensions having to do with ideas about nationalism, race, gender and identity in general have collided with ideas about the histories and mythologies of all of the arts and in doing so have enriched and deepened the current discourse.

As such, the theme of the 2013 Conney Conference, “Diasporas,” is intended to be broadly defined. We especially encourage submissions across the arts that address not only religious and ethnic concerns, but also issues pertaining to sexuality and race, polyvocal and hybrid histories and any other themes that push at boundaries and definitions or question prevailing ideas about the subject itself.

Proposals not exceeding 350 words may be submitted online at

If proposal is for a performance, panel, or other presentation that requires space, technology or other such support, please describe in detail.

Please include a 100 word bio with your proposal.

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Wednesday, October 31.

For more information, please contact Professor Douglas Rosenberg, Director of the Conney Project, at [email protected].

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