CALL FOR PAPERS
Southern Jews and the Atlantic World
47 th Annual Conference of the Southern Jewish Historical Society Hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina October 21–23, 2022 Charleston, South Carolina
The Southern Jewish Historical Society will present its 47 th annual conference on October 21–23, 2022, in Charleston, South Carolina. The conference theme is “Southern Jews and the Atlantic World.” Following current historiographical trends, the conference aims to expand upon the traditional regional framework that has characterized the study of Jews in the American South and, instead, considers southern Jewish life through a global lens.
Charleston was a major port in the Atlantic mercantile system and has remained at the heart of southern Jewish economic, cultural, and religious life for more than three centuries. Representing the cosmopolitan world we seek to illuminate, the Holy City is an ideal place to explore the trans-Atlantic history of southern Jewry. We invite proposals for individual papers, traditional panels, roundtables, graduate student workshops, as well as alternative formats that highlight the texture of Jewish life, culture, and business around the Atlantic and their convergence in the American South.
Presentations might consider the varied origins of Jews from around the Atlantic, Jewish economic history and global connections, Jewish involvement in the slave trade and in the institutions of domestic slavery, the experience of Jews in southern port cities, as well as the formation of local, regional, and diasporic Jewish identities and cultures. We also encourage contributions that explore the conﬂuence of foodways from around the Atlantic, as well as examples of musical, literary, and artistic cross-pollination.
The deadline for panel and paper proposals is March 15, 2022. Please send a proposal and a curriculum vitae, as well as any inquiries, to program co-chair Ashley Walters, [email protected].