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“Jewish Storytelling: Traditions and Transformations” Conference
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2/8/2018 to 2/9/2018
When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Where: Bloomington, Indiana 
United States
Contact: IU Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference Committee

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The 6th Annual Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana on Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9. The 2018 conference, titled "Jewish Storytelling: Traditions and Transformations," will focus on the theme of storytelling and narrative. What roles do stories and storytelling play in Jewish communities? What, if anything, makes a story or narrative Jewish? What do stories and narratives mean for their creators and audiences? How are stories and storytelling practices developed, transformed, translated, and performed over time and space?  How does storytelling differ across communities?  This conference aims to foster conversation on the nature, function, and diversity of Jewish stories and storytelling.

The conference will feature a keynote address on Thursday evening delivered by Professor David Shneer, the Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History at the University of Colorado; it will otherwise consist of themed panels of graduate students grouped according to research interests. Participants will deliver a 20-minute paper with faculty response and questions at the end of each panel.

Participants will cover their own travel and lodging expenses. Meals will be provided.

Proposal submission deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017

We invite graduate students to submit proposals for their papers, which should include the following information: a paper title; an abstract of between 300–500 words; contact information, including name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and graduate institution.

Please send proposals as an e-mail attachment to

This conference is open to all graduate students working on Jewish Studies. Abstracts will be evaluated based on quality and fit, with priority given to those papers that focus on the theme of Jewish storytelling.

Final decision will be made no later than mid-December. If you are invited to speak, we ask that you submit a full version of your paper no later than  Fri., Jan. 12, 2018.

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