Conference Announcement and Call for Presentations Jews and Muslims of Morocco: Uncommon Commonalities

Conference Announcement and Call for Presentations
Jews and Muslims of Morocco: Uncommon Commonalities
June 17-19, 2019
Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., New York, NY 10011

The American Sephardi Federation’s Institute of Jewish Experience in conjunction with Association Mimouna and the Institute of Semitic Studies, Princeton, NJ announce our second annual scholarly and cultural conference.

We invite proposals for workshops, sessions or presentations of any aspect of scholarship or instruction focusing on Moroccan Jews and Moroccan Jewish-Muslim relations. This three-day academic and cultural conference will highlight the cultural heritage of m’gorashim, Toshavim (natives) and other Jews of Moroccan heritage and their joint cultural commonalities with the Muslims of Moroccan heritage. Scholars, dignitaries, communal leaders and entertainers from around the world will convene to share research, knowledge and experiences of the multi-faceted Moroccan heritage.

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2019

Recommended Subjects for Presentations
Cultural elements shared by the Muslim majority and the Jewish minority
Moroccan Jewish identity today in Morocco and the Diaspora
Moroccan Muslims maintaining Jewish art, religious sites and cultural events
Special historical and cultural contributions of cities and places (e.g. Essaouira)
Spiritual and social life of Moroccan Jews and Muslims, past, present and future
Similarities and differences between m’gorashim, toshavim and others
Morocco as a Jewish tourist site • Online memory communities
Moroccan Rabbinic figures and the hilula
Paytanists, poets, and songs throughout the ages Page Break

Conference Venue • Center for Jewish History, New York

Call for Papers
Academics, scholars, and artists are encouraged to submit research papers for presentation and workshop/special sessions. An abstract of up to 400 words with type of presentation may be submitted by January 15, 2019. Abstracts must be in English with a note as to the language of the presentation. Further information may be requested. Decisions will be provided by February 1, 2019. We welcome proposals for individual papers, organized panels or singletext roundtable discussions. All proposals will be vetted by the conference committee

Call for Workshop Proposals/Focused Sessions
Proposals for workshops and focused sessions are welcome. Sessions addressing methods to improve teaching, research, writing, or presentation of the Moroccan Jewish experience are welcome, along with sessions addressing current research projects. Of particular interest are sessions addressing cross-cultural customs amongst Jews and Muslims in Morocco. Proposals should include the following: (1) Name, address, email address, affiliation, and daytime phone number of workshop/session coordinator (2) Workshop/Session title; (3) Type of session (4) General content of session and names of presenters. All workshops/focused sessions should be designed for delivery within a 60 minute period. Participants leading workshops/focused sessions are expected to register for the conference. Submissions to be made to

Graduate Student Conference Fee
Scholarship Graduate students with accepted papers/abstracts/workshops, are eligible to apply for a scholarship, which will cover up to the full amount of the conference fee.

Call for Papers-Undergraduate Student Papers
Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers based on original research for presentation and to receive the Undergraduate Student Best Paper Award. The faculty member supervising the research is to be noted as faculty advisor rather than coauthor. Accepted undergraduate papers can be presented at the conference, provided the faculty advisor has a paid registration to the conference. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2019.

A limited number of student travel grants will be available for students at all levels. The travel grant application deadline is also January 15, 2019 and must be requested during the abstract submission process. Some travel expenses will be covered for presenters.

Partner Organizations
Association Maimouna
Fondation Samy Elmaghribi
Center for Organizations of Jews from Arab and Muslim Lands

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