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Call for Papers 2013

  The Society of Jewish Ethics

 2013 Call for Papers

The next meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics will be held at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2013.  Paper proposals dealing with any aspect of Jewish ethics—theoretical or applied, classical or contemporary—are welcome.  Special attention will be given to papers related to the theme of this year’s meeting, “Social Ethics on the Margins.” Submitters should explore the various ways in which “social ethics” is enacted, challenged, or ignored on the “margins” and the relationship of Jewish ethics to this conversation. As such we encourage members to consider: (1) individuals on the margins and our Jewish ethical responses to them; (2) theories or methods that have been marginalized from the study of Jewish ethics; (3) Jewish ethics in marginalized geographical areas; (4) whether Jewish ethics itself is marginalized; (5) the effect of marginalization on the shaping of ethics. Papers on contemporary issues such as labor justice, environmental ethics and animal studies are especially welcome.  We are also eager to read proposals that relate to the 50th anniversary of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s first meeting in Chicago, IL in 1963.  Submitters are invited to reflect on the status of race relations in the Jewish community today and Jewish social justice. 
 The SJE's Bioethics affinity group will meet in the afternoon of January 3rd. It is possible to participate in that meeting alone (though all presenters must be members of the SJE). If submitting a paper on Jewish Bioethics, please indicate whether you want it considered only for the affinity group (Thursday) session, or also for the general SJE program (Friday through Sunday).  
 Proposals should include:  tentative title, abstract (700-1000 words), selected bibliography, and contact information of the presenter (name, institutional affiliation, phone numbers, and e-mail address).

Proposals should be sent by e-mail to: 
             Kristina Johnson
             Email: admin@societyofjewishethics.org

The deadline for submission of proposals is March 5, 2012.
 The Society of Jewish Ethics is an academic organization dedicated to the promotion of scholarly work in the field of Jewish ethics, including the relation of Jewish ethics to other traditions of ethics and to social, economic, political and cultural problems.  The Society also aims to encourage and improve the teaching of Jewish ethics in colleges, universities and theological schools, to promote an understanding of Jewish ethics within the Jewish community and society as a whole, and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally in Jewish ethics.  All participants in the Annual Meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics must be members of the Society.  For membership forms and other information, please consult the website: http://societyofjewishethics.org.
The Society of Jewish Ethics annual conference runs concurrently with that of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics.  Presented papers may be eligible for publication in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.


Pragmatic and Political Studies in Judaism
Due to the thirteen rules of Rabbi Ishmael, the Torah can be studied from the logical point of view well and easily. The hermeneutic approach supported by these rules allows us to develop logical investigations of the Torah, even symbolic-logical ones. However, considering the Torah from the pragmatic point of view is a not-so-easy task. Such a consideration is centered on the linking of practice and theory including theoretical extraction from practice and practical applications of theory. The pragmatic approach should satisfy the so-called pragmatic maxim proposed by Charles Sanders Peirce, according to that we should regard just effects having practical bearings and the object is being constructed from these effects.
In this book we are going to reconstruct the pragmatic approach in Judaism and to define some pragmatic limits assumed in the Torah. The book is a continuation of the work on considering Judaic reasoning from the standpoint of modern philosophy. In two previous books Judaic Logic (Gorgias Press, 2010) and Modern Review of Judaic Logic (special issue of the journal History and Philosophy of Logic, 2011) we aimed to explicate the logical approach in Judaism. Now we have a shot to explicate the Judaic pragmatic point of view with emphasis on political studies.
In this volume we aim to consider the following themes and objectives:
• to regard basic notions of the Judaic pragmatics;
• to sketch Judaic argumentation theory;
• to consider some modern political ideas with their roots in the Torah from left wing to right wing.
If you are interested, please could you send the texts of your articles to <Andrew.Schumann@gmail.com>, as e-mail attachments, by the end of July 2012. Each article should be accompanied by a summary of 100-200 words, and a very brief autobiographical note.


Templeton Prize:

As part of its spring open submission cycle, the John Templeton Foundation welcomes online funding inquiries in the areas of philosophy and theology.  The submission window is February 1 to April 16, 2012.  Proposed philosophical projects need not have religion or theology as a focus.  To submit an online funding inquiry, please visit http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/our-grantmaking-process.  


The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought The graduate online Journal of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto

Volume III
“You shall love the Eternal your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.”
Deuteronomy 6:5
The 2012 issue of The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought invites papers reflecting on notions of divine love in Jewish philosophy and theology.
The Biblical commandment to love God has traditionally been regarded among Jewish thinkers as the sense and essence of all other commandments, yet how should we understand the content of this commandment, and how should we explain the relationship between God’s love, the love for God, and the love between persons? Is the notion of divine love intellectual in nature, referring to the ability of the properly trained human intellect to conjoin with the Active Intellect? Does love for God express the commitment to a social and political ideal? Or does it express belief in the view that each person is endowed with a unique historical vocation? These are some of the ways in which Jewish thinkers have understood the notion of divine love. We welcome papers spanning the ancient, medieval, modern, and postmodern periods, drawing from a broad range of disciplinary fields, including intellectual history, and including comparisons of divine love in the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Suggested Topics Include:
• Perfectionism and divine imitation
• Divine hiddenness, the problem of theodicy, and faith • Messianism • Love of God and love of neighbor • Love and law (human or divine) • Love as the ground of relevance • Creation as an act of divine love • God’s striving for fulfillment in and through relation to humanity • God’s grace and the human work of love • Self-unification and the unification of God • Love and responsibility
Suggested Interlocutors Include:
• Plato
• Aristotle
• Talmudic (Rabbinic) sources
• Al-Farabi
• Ibn Sina (Avicenna)
• Al-Ghazali
• Bahya ibn Pakuda
• Kabbalah
• Yehuda Halevi
• Maimonides
• Hasdai Crescas
• Judah Abravanel
• Spinoza
• Hasidism
• Immanuel Kant
• Hermann Cohen
• Martin Buber
• Franz Rosenzweig
• Karl Barth
• Walter Benjamin
• Gershom Scholem
• Leo Strauss
• Joseph B. Soloveitchik
• Emmanuel Lévinas
• Paul Ricoeur
• Jacques Derrida
Submission details: Please send an abstract no longer than 500 words and prepared for ‘blind-review’ (with the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and stage in career appearing on a separate page) to the following email:
utjjt.cjs@gmail.com by November 20, 2011. If accepted, we will ask you to submit a paper ranging in length between 5,000 and 7,000 words by January 15, 2012. Accepted papers will appear in Volume 3 of The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought late in the spring of 2012.
2) Prize Essay

Submissions are invited for the Religious Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize, which is sponsored jointly by Cambridge University Press and the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion. The winning entry will be published in Religious Studies, and the winner awarded £300. The Prize is an international prize, and open to all those who, at time of the deadline, are registered for a postgraduate research degree. The topic of the essay should be in the philosophy of religion and must be no longer than 10,000 words in length. The judges reserve the right not to award the Prize if no submission of sufficient merit is received. Essays should be submitted in hard copy only (not through the journal’s electronic submission system), in duplicate, and clearly marked ‘Religious Studies Essay Prize’, with the author’s name and contact details in a covering letter but not on the essay. The closing date for entries is 1st December, 2011, and they should be sent to:
Prof Robin Le Poidevin
Editor, Religious Studies
Department of Philosophy
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT


3) Posted on behalf of Robert L. Muhlnickel (Monroe Community College)

42nd Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches

Monroe Community College ▪ Rochester, New York ▪ May 12-14, 2012

Call for Papers

Dear Colleague:
The Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches (ASC), under the leadership of Honorary Chairman Elie Wiesel, invites you to join fellow scholars next May as we continue the significant legacy established by Franklin H. Littell and Hubert G. Locke: to remember, learn, and explore the lessons of the Holocaust and the German Church Struggle.
Monroe Community College’s Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project (MCC) will host the 42nd annual conference on May 12-14, 2012 in Rochester, New York. The ASC offers a unique opportunity to address the historical significance of the Holocaust and the German Church Struggle through disciplined scholarship that is interfaith, international, and interdisciplinary. We invite you to submit paper abstracts (proposals, reflection pieces) as part of your conference experience. The central theme of the conference is:

70 Years Later: The Lingering Shadow of Wannsee

Zygmunt Bauman has written that “the message which the Holocaust contains about the way we live today—about the quality of the institutions on which we rely for our safety, about the validity of the criteria with which we measure the propriety of our own conduct and of the patterns of interaction we accept and consider normal—is silenced, not listened to, and remains undelivered” [Preface, Modernity and the Holocaust]. Perhaps no single event leading up to the Holocaust was of greater significance or had more profound implications in its aftermath than the conference that met on 20 January 1942, whose agenda—in the words of its technical organizer, Adolf Eichmann—“covered killing, elimination and annihilation.”
Papers are invited that examine aspects of the Wannsee Conference or its implications for the modern era, as well as papers that deal with specific themes and topics related to the general subject matter of the conference: the Holocaust and the German Church Struggle.
The deadline to electronically submit paper abstracts to asc@monroecc.edu is Friday, January 20, 2012. Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words and in Microsoft Word format. Decisions on accepted papers will be made as soon as possible after receipt. Please include on the cover page your name as you would like it to appear in a printed program; your complete title, if appropriate; and the institution/organization you represent. Also, please include your preferred phone number, email and mailing address so that conference organizers may follow up with you.
Accepted paper abstracts will be distributed to conference participants at registration. Presenters and panelists are expected to provide working electronic drafts of their papers, complete with bibliographies, to conference organizers no later than May 4, 2012. The drafts will only be distributed to fellow presenters and panel chairs prior to the conference to facilitate preparation.
The ASC weekend will begin on Saturday evening, May 12 at MCC with registration beginning at 6:00 pm, distribution of conference packets including presentation abstracts, a welcoming reception at 7:30 pm, and an opportunity to renew and make new acquaintances.
Free parking will be available on the MCC campus and shuttle service will be provided to and from select hotels. The ASC registration fee will include meals, refreshment breaks, and shuttle service to and from hotels. More information will be available shortly.
A block of rooms has been be reserved at a rate of $139 per night at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton Rochester (Jefferson Road, Rochester) and Country Inn and Suites by Carlson (East Henrietta Road, Rochester). The hotels are less than a mile from the MCC campus.
Abstract proposals and general inquiries should be directed to:

Monroe Community College
Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project
ATTN: Sharon K. Scurlock
1000 E. Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 292-3321 asc@monroecc.edu

We look forward to your response and participation in the ASC. Once we receive your response, we will provide a formal confirmation, plus detailed information on the conference (registration, lodging, meals, etc.).
Thank you for considering this opportunity and contributing your perspective and experience to this important, scholarly pursuit that continues to be especially relevant in the 21st century.

Henry Knight                                    Marcia Sachs Littell                         Charles Clarke
ASC Executive Committee President                        ASC Executive Director Emerita                                              2012 ASC Conference Chair
Director, Cohen Center for Holocaust &                  Professor, Holocaust & Genocide Studies                               Director, Holocaust, Genocide,  
    Genocide Studies,                                                                   Founding Director, Master of Arts Program             and Human Rights Project,
Keene State College                                  I                 in Holocaust & Genocide Studies                         Monroe Community College
Keene, New Hampshire                                           The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey           Rochester, New York