Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Call for Papers: Brandeis Conference on "Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America"

On June 10-12, 2014 Brandeis University will host a conference entitled “Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. A call for papers has been issued. The conference organizers
invite proposals addressing the relations between members of these two groups in campaigns for social justice--whether in politics or the arts-- throughout American history. Though the postwar civil rights movement will be highlighted, cognate topics might include, but need not be limited to: the Leo Frank case, the campaign against The Birth of a Nation (1915), the trials of the Scottsboro Boys; representations of blacks by Jews and Jews by blacks in literature, theater, film, television, and digital media; collaborations and appropriations in jazz, rock, pop, and hip hop; the roles of the Anti-Defamation League, the Communist Party USA, and the NAACP; black and Jewish feminist activism; and political alliances and antagonisms over issues such as black separatism and affirmative action.
Additional information is available here.