CFP Deadline: March 15, Conference on “Deciphering the ‘new’ Antisemitism,” USA

February 19, 2013toMarch 15, 2013

The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University
announces Deciphering the “New” Antisemitism: An International Scholars Conference to be held April 6-8, 2014, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Call for Papers

Aims: The opening years of the 21st Century have witnessed a widespread upsurge of antisemitism. In some ways this hostility resembles antisemitic animosities of previous eras; in other ways, it differs from them. A principal goal of this conference is to stimulate new research into the diverse phenomena typically clustered under the term “antisemitism” and search for the common elements that relate them. Papers that engage these issues conceptually and not just descriptively will be especially welcome .

In order to clarify the continuities and discontinuities between present-day antisemitism and the antisemitisms of the past, attention to earlier periods of history will be considered. The conference’s main focus, however, will be on the forms of antisemitism that have manifested themselves in recent years on a global scale and in multiple ways.

Of particular interest would be new scholarship on such topics as these: the challenges of conceptualizing and defining antisemitism; the ideological foundations of contemporary antisemitism; the functions of antisemitism within the political right and political left; anti-Zionism and antisemitism; Holocaust minimization and denial as manifestations of antisemitism; state-sponsored antisemitism; antisemitism and anti-Americanism; antisemitism and political Islam; campus-based antisemitism; cultural, artistic, philosophical, and religious expressions of antisemitism; the affective appeal of antisemitism; antisemitism and the mass media.

Papers are invited from younger scholars as well as more senior scholars.

For oral presentation at the conference, papers should not exceed about 12 pages, double-spaced. For possible inclusion in a projected volume of edited conference proceedings, papers should be 20-25 pages, double-spaced.

Manuscripts that show the promise of development into full-length studies of their subject will be particularly favored and may be considered for separate publication in Indiana University Press’ new book series, Studies in Antisemitism.

Conference language: English

Conference Format: Papers presented at the conference should be restricted to 30 minutes. All conference invitees will be encouraged to contribute to critical discussion of the papers.

Instructions for Submitting Proposals: Proposals should be no longer than 2 typed pages, double-spaced. Please send to, together with your academic resumé, by March 15, 2013. Decisions about acceptance will be sent to applicants by June 1, 2013.

Academic Advisory Board: Chaired by Alvin H. Rosenfeld, this committee will read and assess paper proposals. Members include: Bruno Chaouat (University of Minnesota), Dina Porat (Tel Aviv University), Maurice Samuels (Yale University), and Elhanan Yakira (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Conference Sponsors: The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University and Indiana University Press.

Expenses: those presenting papers who require financial help can apply to the conference sponsors for assistance with conference-related travel, food, and accommodations costs.

Professor Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Indiana University
Goodbody hall 306
Email: iuisca[AT]

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