Sunday, August 02, 2009

Leeds 2010 CFP: Jewish travel and exploration

by J J Cohen
Posted on behalf of Eva Frojmovic.

'Travel and Exploration'
Call for Papers/Sessions - International Medieval Congress 2010 (Leeds 12-15 July 2010)

Migration has been part of the Israelite myth since biblical times. During the medieval period, migration, expulsion, and travel were part of the Jewish experience and the Jewish imaginary. Whether one thinks of the legal aspects of travelling; or of famous travellers such as Benjamin of Tudela and Petachia of Regensburg; whether one thinks of the astronomers and mapmakers such as Abraham Zacuto or the cartographers of Mallorca; whether one thinks of the travellers' tales deposited in the Genizah, or of forced displacement, the subject of migration, travel and exploration is a perfect opportunity for Jewish studies scholars and students of Jewish Christian and Jewish Muslim relations to engage in scholarly dialogue and debate. We are now seeking proposals for sessions (3 papers or multiples of 3) or individual papers relating to Jewish travel and exploration in the Medieval period. The IMC's own CFP, forms for paper and session proposals are available here.

Deadlines: 31 Aug 09 for individual paper proposals, 31 Sep 09 for session proposals. Enquiries about the Jewish Studies strand can be made in the first instance to Dr Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds,

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