Jewish Historical Writing: 140 years to Heinrich Graetz's "History of the Jewish People"
9-11 March 2015, Akko, Israel
Call for Papers
The Jewish History Program and the Holocaust Studies Program of the Western Galilee College in cooperation with The Borns Jewish Studies Program of Indiana University, Bloomington, will hold an international workshop and conference on Modern Jewish Historical Writing celebrating 140 years of Heinrich Graetz's publication of the "History of the Jewish People",9-11 March 2015.
140 years ago Heinrich Graetz published his monumental work 'The History of the Jews', a bold attempt to describe the full course of Jewish History from antiquity to the 19th century. But could Graetz write such a sweeping and magisterial project today? Is there still a place for a singular History of the Jews? What are the alternatives?
In the last decades the scope of historical research has broadened. Concepts and paradigms such as: Culture, Ethnicity, Class, Race, Gender, Space and Language have reoriented historical research. With the rise of interdisciplinarity, History began corresponding with other disciplines such as Sociology, Anthropology, Linguistics, and Literary criticism. These changes offered historians new directions and perspectives to analyze the past. This expanded greatly the methodology and content of historical research.
Consequently historical grand narratives have been marginalized. We no longer have one 'History' but many 'Histories'. This process brought many formerly neglected groups into historical discourse, but it has left us suspicious of single unified narratives. Instead, historians must piece together historical narratives to see the richness of Jewish life.
The proposed conference will provide a venue for a discussion of the various perspectives of contemporary Jewish historical research and writing
Modern and post-modern historiography
The Holocaust in Jewish history
From Dinur to Post Zionism - National and Diaspora historiographies
Gender and Generation
Social, anthropological, cultural and intellectual histories.
Jewish history in the context of “secular” trends
Jewish history as transnational history
Proposals on these and other themes will be welcomed.
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