In the last decade or so, the Jewish relationship with modern visual culture has been the subject of renewed investigation, with a number of pioneering works reimagining and re-exploring the parameters of this relationship, in both its positive and negative aspects. Scholarly approaches are no longer limited to somewhat flat interpretations of “Jewish art”, for example. Instead, contemporary scholarship incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach that considers Jews and modern visual culture within a broader intellectual framework. In moving beyond the bounds aesthetic appreciation, contemporary scholarship incorporates approaches to material culture, political history, the role of memory and memorialisation, as well as exploring how the visual challenged and altered notions of Jewishness in the modern period.
In building on these developments, this conference will provide a forum for further exploration of the relationship between Jews and modern visual culture. Its remit is intended as broad enough to encompass all national contexts, with a flexible chronology.
- Michael Berkowitz, University College London, London.
- David Shneer, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
- Carol Zemel, York University, Toronto, Canada.
Proposals are welcomed, but by no means limited to, the following areas of study:
- Jewish representation and self-representation in film
- Jews and photography
- Jews and (Jewish) art
- Caricature, cartoons and antisemitism
- Jews and other forms of representational art (sculpture, etc)
- Visual culture and politics
- Visual representation and the Holocaust
Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 31 March 2013
- Proposals of c.300 words for individual papers (20 minutes) should be forwarded to s.jo…@mmu.ac.uk, along with a short biography
- Proposals for themed panels are also welcome
- The final programme will be confirmed on 31 April 2013
- Delegates will be required to submit a written version of their papers by 14 August 2013, in order that responders/chairs will have an opportunity to compile comments
- The Institute of Humanities and Social Research, Manchester Metropolitan University: http://www.hssr.mmu.ac.uk/
- The Manchester Jewish Museum: http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/
- Visit Manchester: http://www.visitmanchester.com/
January 29th, 2013 - 08:58am