World War I and the Jews – New Research

The Center for Jewish History with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and the American Jewish Historical Society invite proposals for papers to be presented at a conference featuring original research on the experiences of Jews during the First World War and its immediate aftermath.  The conference will be held in November 2014.Proposals should offer new findings about how Jews in any of the belligerent or neutral countries in any part of the globe participated in or were affected by the Great War.  They may focus on a single country, on a set of countries, or on the Jewish world as a transnational entity.  Themes may include, but are not limited to: Jews and military service; Jews on the home front; hostility and violence against Jews connected with the war; coping with expressions of hostility, the influence of the war on gender relations among Jews; the politics of the Jewish question; Jewish and minority rights; Jewish literary, artistic, and cultural activity during and about the war; organizational and ideological innovation and change within the Jewish world during and as a result of the war; Jewish war refugees and war-induced migrations; and comparative Jewish and ethnic or religious minority responses.

Proposals should include a 300-word description of a 20-minute presentation explaining the presentation’s central questions, its innovations, and the sources upon which it is based, along with a current curriculum vitae.

Please send proposals by 24 May 2013 to:

Center for Jewish History

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