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“The Promised Land” Open University, London, 23rd July 2015

http://bjcc.bangor.ac.uk/past-events.php.en

Papers given:

  • ‘Tragedy or Neutropia? The Honourable Woman’
    Dr. Sue Vice, University of Sheffield
  • ‘British-Jewish Utopias and Dystopias from Zangwill to Jacobson’
    Professor Brian Cheyette, University of Reading
  • “No Outlines”: From Dystopia to Heterotopia in Howard Jacobson’s J’
    Dr. Ruth Gilbert, University of Winchester
  • ‘Messianism and British-Jewish Utopia’
    Dr. Peter Lawson, Open University
  • ‘The Future is Orange: Utopia and Dystopia in the Films of Stanley Kubrick’
    Dr. Nathan Abrams, Bangor University
  • ‘No Promised Land: A. C. Jacobs’ Poetry and the “Moment” of Diaspora’
    Dr. Merle Bachman, Spalding University
  • ‘East, North and West End: The Promised Land across London in the Plays of Bernard Kops’
    Mr. Jeremy Solomons, Boston University & University of Reading
  • Reading from her memoir “Losing Israel”
    Jasmine Donohaye, Swansea University
  • ‘The Idea of Jewish Racial Space: Zionist Utopia in the Anglo-Jewish Imagination’
    Professor Gavin Schaffer, University of Birmingham
  • ‘Jewtopia: Herbert Samuel, Rewriting Bacon’s New Atlantis, and Zionism’
    Dr. Finn Fordham, Royal Holloway University of London
  • ‘Skin: a Metafictional Investigation into Jewish “Blackness” from Chamberlain’s and Pierce’s Racism to its Deconstruction in Modern British Film’
    Dr. Federico Dal Bo, ICI Berlin
  • Paper Title: ‘Michael Moorcock’s Pyat Quartet, Twentieth-Century History, and the Failure of the Utopian’
    Dr. Eric Sandberg, University of Oulu
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CFP: The Interface Between British Contemporary Black and Jewish Cultures

CFP for a Symposium, co-sponsored by the AHRC BJ:CC Network (Bangor University and the University of Winchester) and ‘Identities’ at the University of Reading, to be held at the University of Reading on 4th November, 2016:

Deadline for submissions: Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Interface Between British Contemporary Black and Jewish Cultures

Over the past three decades, a considerable body of work has emerged on the interface between Black and Jewish cultures in the United States. In contrast, there has been very little scholarship on Black-Jewish cultural relations in the context of the United Kingdom. To a certain extent, this disparity can be explained by the very different histories of Jewish and Black populations on either side of the Atlantic. The history of slavery, reconstruction, segregation and civil rights in the US has no direct analogy in the UK and the post-war cultural confidence and prominence of Jews in America contrasts conspicuously with the relative ambivalence, historically, of British Jews towards both their Jewishness and Britishness. Whilst recognizing the importance of these differences, however, there is much, in terms of the discourse that has developed around what Lori Harrison-Kahan has called the ‘Black-Jewish imaginary’ that could be appropriated, refined and revised in the British context. We would welcome proposals of no more than 300 words for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of the interface between Black British and Jewish cultures widely defined, including but not restricted to, literature, film, television, art, digital media, photography, drama, dance and other forms of performance. Topics may include but need not be confined to the following:

  • the relationship between the ‘Black/Jewish imaginary’ in the US context and Black/Jewish cultural relations in the UK;
  • the influence of African American and Jewish American artists on their British counterparts;
  • the ways in which British Jewish culture has represented Black identities and vice versa;
  • issues of self-representation in Black British and British Jewish cultures;
  • the ways in which Black British and British Jewish cultures have interrogated questions of race, ethnicity and religion;
  • the ways in which Black British and British Jewish artists have been situated and positioned themselves in terms of discourses around ‘minorities’, ‘otherness’ and ‘whiteness’;
  • the ways in which Black British and British Jewish cultures have responded to the changing political, historical and economic contexts of the post-war period, particularly the activities of Far Right movements, debates over (im)migration, multiculturalism, identity politics, race relations, Apartheid-era South Africa and the Israel/Palestine conflict;
  • the similarities and differences between the ways in which contemporary Black British and Jewish cultures have represented the experience of the ‘Windrush’ generation of Black immigrants and that of post-war Jewish immigrants to the UK;
  • the ways in which twenty-first century Black and Jewish British cultures have responded to the presence of antisemitism, Islamophobia and other forms of racism and xenophobia in contemporary society and discourse.

Please send your proposals to Prof. David Brauner (d.brauner@reading.ac.uk>), Prof. Nathan Abrams (n.abrams@bangor.ac.uk) and Dr. Ruth Gilbert (Ruth.Gilbert@winchester.ac.uk) by 1st September 2016.

A buffet lunch will be provided.

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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
30 May – 1 June 2017 CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
 This timely conference will examine the interaction between Zionism and antisemitism as it has developed from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. We are interested in exploring this interaction as it developed among Zionists and antisemites, and among Jews and non-Jews more broadly. We welcome proposals that consider this theme as it has developed in theory, in practice, and in the manifold domains of cultural representation.We seek contributions from across the range of disciplines including history, political science, literary and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology and theology. The conference is open to scholars at any stage of their career, from PhD students to established scholars. Proposals from independent scholars are also welcome.

Speakers will be provided with accommodation in London as well as support towards their travel costs.

 Deadline for paper proposals: 14 November 2016.

A paper proposal of 200-300 words, together with a brief CV or biography, (of no more than one page) should be sent to Elaine Hudson pearsinstitute@bbk.ac.ukby 14 November 2016.

Full information on the conference and call for papers is on the Pears Institute website: http://www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk/events/events-calendar/zionism-and-antisemitism-international-conference/zionism-and-antisemitism-cfp/

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Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain Workshop from September 11, 2013

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From the English at Reading Blog  “A unique workshop entitled ‘Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain’.  Hosted by the Pears Institute at Birkbeck College, University of London, the workshop comprised three panels (two on literature, one on film and television) that covered subjects ranging from the importance of Hendon in contemporary British-Jewish fiction, to the Jewishness of Dr Who (who knew?!).”

Podcasts of the workshop are available:

Dr. Nadia Valman – Anglo-Jewish Literature and the Poetics of  Place

Dr. Ruth Gilbert    – Genes, Shmenes’: Jew-ish Identities in Contemporary British Jewish Writing

Dr. James Jordan  – Either/Neither or a Bit of Both: The Wandering View of British Television’s Image of the Jew

Dr. Nathan Adams – Lolita’s Hidden Heart of Jewishness

Dr. David Brauner – Fetishizing the Holocaust:Transatlantic Connections and Satirical Comedy in Howard Jacobson’s Kalooki Nights

Dr. Bryan Cheyette – British-Jewish Writing and the Challenge of Metaphorical Thinking

Text from pears Institute website:

The workshop’s emphasis is on new and innovative work being undertaken in the field and is intended to provide a forum for presenting and analysing the most recent critical and theoretical approaches to British-Jewish fiction, film, television drama and documentary.

Through the workshop we hope to explore, among other topics, the representation of ‘hyphenated’ British and Jewish identities; the recent history and current state of British-Jewish literary and visual culture; and the relation of that culture to the mainstream in Britain. The seminar will also consider British-Jewish culture in the light of postcolonial thinking and in comparison to the development of Jewish culture in the USA.

Programme

Introduction

David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Session 1: Post-War British-Jewish Fiction

  • Nadia Valman  – Anglo-Jewish Literature and the Poetics of  Place
  • Ruth Gilbert  – ‘Genes, Shmenes’: Jew-ish Identities in Contemporary British Jewish Writing

Session 2: British-Jewish Film and Television

  • Nathan Abrams – Lolita’s Hidden Heart of Jewishness
  • James Jordan – Either/Neither or a Bit of Both: The Wandering View of British Television’s Image of the Jew

Session 3: British-Jewish Writing in Relation to Anglophone and World Jewish Literary Production

  • David Brauner – Fetishizing the Holocaust:Transatlantic Connections and Satirical Comedy in Howard Jacobson’s Kalooki Nights
  • Bryan Cheyette – British-Jewish Writing and the Challenge of Metaphorical Thinking

Closing Remarks

Axel Stähler, University of Kent and Sue Vice, University of Sheffield

Seminar co-convenors
David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism
Axel Stähler, University of Kent
Sue Vice, University of Sheffield

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