Annual Meeting of the British Association of Jewish Studies (Birmingham, 10-12 July 2016)

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The Texture of Jewish Tradition: Investigations in Textuality

The written word as manifested in a spectrum from classical Jewish texts to contemporary literature, alongside texts unearthed in locations including desert caves, an island in the Nile, a Cairo synagogue or the Warsaw ghetto, is the lifeblood of a great deal of research in Jewish Studies. This conference invites reflection on textuality from a variety of perspectives, ranging from the material aspects of texts, including the growing role of digital humanities in the field, to scribal culture and consciousness, textual plurality, composition, reworking, form and genre, reception, classification and inter-relationships between textual worlds and corpora. In addition, speakers may wish to investigate the oral and social aspects of texts and textuality, such as performance, memory, and power. The keynote speaker is Prof. Judy Newman, University of Toronto.

We welcome contributions from all periods and regions. As ever, the annual conference also welcomes papers that fall outside of the conference theme, and we encourage colleagues to submit abstract proposals for such papers.