Conney Conference on Jewish Arts Call for Proposals

The next Conney Conference on Jewish Arts will be held at UW Madison, Tues., April 9, through Fri., April 12, 2013.

Deadline for proposals:  Wednesday, October 31.
The conference theme will be “Diasporas”.

Josh Kun: 2013 Conney Conference Keynote Speaker

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We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Conney Conference Keynote Speaker will be: Josh Kun

Professor Kun’s research(]) focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, and Jewish-American musical history. He is director ofThe Popular Music Project ( at USC Annenberg’s The Norman Lear Center, and co-editor of the book series “Refiguring American Music(” for Duke University Press. He founded the USC Annenberg Distinguished Lecture Series on Latin American Arts & Culture(, which he now runs in collaboration with the USC Latino Alumni Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. A former Arts Writers Fellow with The Sundance Institute and a former fellow of the Ucross Foundation and The Mesa Refuge, he is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (UC Press), which won a 2006 American Book Award. He is co-author of And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past As Told By The Records We’ve Loved and Lost (Crown, 2008), editor of The Song is Not The Same: Jews and American Popular Music (Purdue UP), co-editor of Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies (John Hopkins), and wrote the introduction to the re-publication of Papa, Play For Me (Wesleyan University Press), the autobiography of musical comedian Mickey Katz. Click here for more information on Josh Kun(

Call for Proposals:

The Conney Conference aims to raise awareness of the contributions of Jewish artists and scholars to the landscape and history of the arts in general and to encourage and support new scholarship and production in all the arts, including literature, music, and the visual and performing arts. Now in its 4th iteration, previous keynote speakers have included Norman Kleeblatt, The Susan and Elihu Rose Curator of Fine Arts at The Jewish Museum, New York and Connie Wolf, director of Stanford’s Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.

Art forms, movements and practices are especially sensitive to the terrains and temporalities from which they flow. They are also equally mutable as they pass through unfamiliar territories, which often inscribe secondary levels of context and meaning to them. As Jewish artists and artists concerned with the human condition at large have embraced a contemporary version of nomadism, the way in which tensions having to do with ideas about nationalism, race, gender and identity in general have collided with ideas about the histories and mythologies of all of the arts and in doing so have enriched and deepened the current discourse.

As such, the theme of the 2013 Conney Conference, “Diasporas”, is intended to be broadly defined. We especially encourage submissions across the arts that address not only religious and ethnic concerns, but also issues pertaining to sexuality and race, polyvocal and hybrid histories and any other themes that push at boundaries and definitions or question prevailing ideas about the subject itself.
Proposals not exceeding 350 words may be submitted online at
If proposal is for a performance, panel, or other presentation that requires space, technology or other such support, please describe in detail.
Please include a 100 word bio with your proposal.
Deadline: 11:59 pm on Wednesday, October 31.
For more information, please contact Professor Douglas Rosenberg, Director of the Conney Project,

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