The Jewish Woman and Her Body

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Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, Youngstown State University
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The Jewish Woman and her Body
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
March 7-9, 2010

Call for Papers deadline: October 1, 2009

Since Eve, the woman and her body have had a central position in Jewish tradition. Experiences such as childbirth, violence, sexuality, hunger, infertility, and aging have preoccupied Jewish life. Representations of the female body in Jewish texts include idealization, restriction, and objectification. This interdisciplinary conference will explore real and imagined constructions of the Jewish woman and her body.

Proposals from all disciplinary approaches, historical periods and geographical locations are welcome.

Submissions for individual papers should consist of a 250 word abstract, contact information, and a short bio of the speaker. Proposals for a panel should include a 100 word description of the overall panel in addition to a 250 word abstract of each paper on the panel as well as contact information and a short bio of each speaker.

Proposals should be sent electronically to:

Dr. Helene J. Sinnreich
Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies
Youngstown State University

Review Board:

Helene Sinnreich, History and Holocaust, Youngstown State University (Host and Co-Chair)

Rachel S. Harris, Hebrew Literature and Israel Studies, University at Albany (SUNY) (Co-Chair)

Judith Lewin, English and Jewish Literature, Union College

Caryn Aviv, Sociology, Denver University

Marla Segol, Religion, Skidmore College