To mark the 50th anniversary of the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the American Studies Program at Brandeis University is hosting a conference on the theme “Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America," on June 10-12, 2014. We invite proposals addressing the relations between members of these two groups in campaigns for social justice--whether in politics or the arts-- throughout American history. Though the postwar civil rights movement will be highlighted, cognate topics might include, but need not be limited to: the Leo Frank case, the campaign against The Birth of a Nation (1915), the trials of the Scottsboro Boys; representations of blacks by Jews and Jews by blacks in literature, theater, film, television, and digital media; collaborations and appropriations in jazz, rock, pop, and hip hop; the roles of the Anti-Defamation League, the Communist Party USA, and the NAACP; black and Jewish feminist activism; and political alliances and antagonisms over issues such as black separatism and affirmative action.
Proposals for individual papers or pre-constituted panels are welcome. For each paper, email (as separate attachments) a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical note to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for proposal is December 1, 2013.
For further information please visit: http://www.amstconference2014.com
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