2017 SCJS Conference
Puerto Rico cancelled for this year.
Conference details for 2017 to follow soon.

Crypto-Judaism in Latin America

Deadline: February 15, 2017

We cordially invite papers on crypto-Judaism from any discipline (anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, music, art history, etc.). This year’s conference will focus on the crypto-Jewish experience in the Caribbean Islands and, more broadly, in South America.

We welcome papers on all aspects of the Sephardic experience and that of other communities exhibiting crypto-Judaic phenomena anywhere in the world, but are particularly interested in such research on less-covered territories of Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Columbia, and the Lesser Antilles.

Proposals are welcome from individuals with personal stories or other personal research relating to crypto-Judaism. These may be for individual papers/presentations, or for panels on specific topics. Please indicate if the proposal represents completed research or work in progress.

Topics include, but not limited to:

  • Mercantilist History of Atlantic Sephardim
  • The Jew in Caribbean Art
  • Inquisition Studies of the New World
  • Sephardic Culture in Contemporary Latin America
  • The Transmission or Discovery of Family Traditions
  • Biographies of Conversos in New Spain
  • Intersections of Crypto-Jewish and Mestizo Identity
  • Sephardim and Latin American Nationalism
  • Literary Representations of Crypto-Jews

Presentation proposals must include a title, a 200-word abstract/summary, a 100-word biographical resume/CV and speaker contact information.

Proposals must be received by February 15, 2017. Accepted speakers will be notified by mid-April.

Please note: All speakers are asked to pay the conference registration fee to participate in the conference. Further, no personal compensation is offered. Hotel costs are the speaker’s responsibility. Group reservation rates are available. The conference offers an exceptional opportunity to share your work and publications with peers and a target audience.

Please submit proposals or inquiries by FEBRUARY 15, 2017 to:

Leonard Stein
University of Toronto Centre for Comparative Literature

The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies is an international academic and secular association dedicated to fostering research in the historical and contemporary development of Sephardic crypto-Jews.

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