We are happy to inform you that in 2024 the annual conference on Israel Studies will be organized together with AIS. It will be held at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague. The title of the conference is „Israel and Israel Studies: The European and International Perspective”.
The deadline for the submissions has been extended to 15th February 2024. Here you can submit your proposal:
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We announce the first joint EAIS-AIS conference, marking the 12th Annual Conference of the European Association of Israel Studies and 40th Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies. This event will bring together distinguished scholars, researchers, and experts from around the world to explore the rich and diverse landscape of Israel Studies.
The late Czech-French writer Milan Kundera famously expressed his perception of the complex European-Israeli attachment in 1985 while accepting the Jerusalem Prize: “Even after Europe so tragically failed them, the Jews nonetheless kept faith with that European cosmopolitanism; and Israel, their little homeland finally regained, seems to me the true heart of Europe – a heart strangely located outside the body.”
How have European and international discourses and understanding of Israel developed over the last decades? Is the European perspective on Israel considered unique, loaded by often unprocessed events of the 20th century, or can we no longer distinguish relevant geographical patterns in today’s globalized world? How do Israel and its society differ or mirror Kundera’s nostalgic optics, and what are the current principal challenges? In the contemporary landscape, where does Israel stand in relation to both Europe and the Middle East?
The conference aims to bring together international scholars, post-docs, and Ph.D. students from any discipline relevant to Israel Studies – including, but not limited to, Anthropology, Arts (music, visual, performance, film, etc.), Culture Studies, Conflict Resolution, Disability Studies, Economics and Business, Education, Gender Studies, Geography and Environment, History, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Language and Literature, Law, Media and Communication, Middle East Studies, Migration Studies, Minority Studies, Palestine Studies, Philosophy and Thought, Politics, Religious Studies, Security Studies, and Sociology.
The conference will be held in person and according to any restrictions or regulations in effect at that time.