The Jewish Communities of Latin America

Call for Papers
You are cordially invited to participate in an International Conference entitled:
The Jewish Communities of Latin America

To take place on Monday-Thursday, 16-19 Ellul, 5772 (3-6 September, 2012)

The conference will take place at the University of São Paulo, Brazil in cooperation with Ashkelon Academic College

The Conference will cover a variety of topics, including:

• From the Old World to the New World: Migration to Latin America and settlement there
• Relations among the communities of Latin America, and with other Diaspora communities
• Religious texts in Hebrew and other languages
• Jewish education and maintaining Jewish identity
• Relations between Jews and the surrounding society
• Intellectual writings
• Jewish artists and Jewish art
• Leadership and community organization
• New research perspectives on the Jews of Latin America in general, and on individual communities in particular
• Economic life
• Rabbis and the Rabbinate
• Changes in the status of women
• Philanthropy
• Zionist activity and Aliya to Israel
• Jews in politics and social movements
• Youth movements

Researchers are invited to submit a proposal for a paper, accompanied by a one-page abstract. The abstract may be submitted in one of the following four languages: Hebrew/Spanish/English/Portuguese
Proposals on topics not listed above will also be considered.
Final date for proposal submission is Monday, 8 Iyar, 5772 (30/04/2012).

Proposals/abstracts should be sent to:
The Dahan Center for Culture, Society and Education in the Sephardic Heritage
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan 52900 ISRAEL

Papers presented at the Conference will subsequently be published in a volume of proceedings, following academic review.

We look forward to seeing you among the Conference participants.

The Conference Academic Committee:
Prof. Marta Topel, Co-Chairman, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Prof. Yaron Harel, Co-Chairman, Bar-Ilan University
Prof. Shimon Sharvit, Ashkelon Academic College
Prof. Eliana Langer, University of São Paulo, Brazil

3 September 2012 - 6 September 2012