Performing Histories, Inscribing Jewishness, an initiative of the Conney Project on Jewish Arts, directed by Douglas Rosenberg, continues and extends our initiatives in the area of Jewish Identity in the Arts. Previous and ongoing offerings have included symposia, conferences and think tanks as well as visiting artist programs and the soon to be completed Conney Media Lab.
Performing Histories, Inscribing Jewishness refers to the multiple ways in which historical narratives concerning Jewish identity in the arts are both fluid and volatile and how, throughout history, those practices are inscribed culturally. We are interested in new interpretations, new theorizing and new ways of lensing Jewish culture through the arts and throughout history to the present and into the future. This conference will look at all aspects of Jewish identity across disciplines in the broadest sense. We are interested in opening this discourse up to include any and all historical periods as well as geographical locations, inclusive of the practices of music, the visual arts, performance, new media, photography, dance, spoken word, and any other sub-genre or categorization that might be applicable to the question of Jewish Identity in the arts.