Prazo de envio de propostas: 15 de janeiro de 2019.
Data da realização da conferência: 24 a 26* de junho de 2019.
The Iberian Peninsula is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This geostrategic position played a significant role in the fate of Iberian Jews over the centuries, in particular in the context of their multiple Diasporas. Many Jews and even more conversos, with their multifaceted identities, participated in the development of the Iberian colonial empires on the African and American shores of the Atlantic. These migrations, although in very different conjunctures, continued to take place after the independence of the former colonies, creating colourful networks and milieus, identities and memories. It was Fernand Braudel who proposed sketching the history of the Atlantic against the background of its connections with the Mediterranean.
The main purpose of the Ninth Annual Conference of the Society for Sephardic Studies (in keeping with this year’s location) is to explore from a broader chronological, geographical, and thematic perspective the long and multifaceted experience of Sephardi Jews between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. While bearing in mind that the Ocean stretches from Northern Europe to the confines of North America and the Strait of Tierra del Fuego, we would like to examine the affinities between different experiences and imperial policies, economic, social, cultural and political agents, and the new state entities of the 19th and 20th centuries. These relations are increasingly being understood in a dialectical way.
Therefore, we welcome papers that treat them as such or that focus on one of the following subjects:
-The presence of Jews and conversos in Portugal, Spain and their colonial spaces: religious and cultural affiliations.
-Jews and conversos in the Atlantic metropolises of Hamburg, Amsterdam, and London: the Mediterranean socioeconomic and cultural background.
-Jews and conversos in the Atlantic colonial spaces: social, religious, political, and cultural issues.
-Migration movements to Africa and America in the 19th and 20th centuries: the (re)encounter with Mediterranean values.
-Cultural production in Diaspora territories: material, oral, and written sources.
-Memories and thoughts about the Mediterranean in the Atlantic area.
Papers may be delivered in English, Hebrew, Portuguese or Spanish. However, we suggest that papers in languages other than English be accompanied by a handout with a brief summary or PowerPoint presentation in English.
We remind you that participation in the annual conference is subject to a registration fee as follows:
Annual conference fee for researchers: €45
Annual conference fee for graduate students: €23
*Depending on the interest of the participants, we are planning a guided tour to Belmonte on 26th June.