Music, Memory and Migration in the Post-Holocaust Jewish Experience

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Continuities and Ruptures: Artistic Responses to Jewish Migration, Internment and Exile in the Long Twentieth Century

International Conference, 6–8 July 2014

School of Music, University of Leeds

(deadline Monday 4 November 2013)


Displacement has been an integral part of the twentieth-century Jewish experience.  Whether forced due to Nazi persecution, compelled by other oppressive factors, or entered into voluntarily in the hope of a new start, migration, internment and exile have affected musical, theatrical and literary output by Jewish artists in myriad ways. For example, members of the conference committee are currently researching topics including the music of Jewish immigrants to South Africa; the works of composers, playwrights and authors before, during and after incarceration in the Terezin/Theresienstadt ghetto; Holocaust songbooks; and Jewish artistic expression in the Soviet Union. They are also investigating the question: what does it mean to perform these works today, or even create new artistic works stimulated by them?

Conference themes

We invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops and performances that address the following questions and related topics:

Student and early career researcher bursaries

A number of student and early career researcher bursaries of c.£300-£500 will be available to assist with attendance to present at the conference. The AHRC’s definition of early career researchers is adopted here: at the point of application you are either within eight years of receiving your PhD or within six years of starting your first academic appointment (career breaks, e.g. for family care or health reasons, should be excluded).

If you wish to be considered for a conference bursary, please include a letter of application with your proposal, providing the following information:

Your application will be considered by the conference committee, and the outcome will be sent along with notification of acceptance (or otherwise) of your conference proposal.

Submitting a proposal

The official language of the conference is English. Proposals are sought for the following types of presentation (see detailed submission instructions below):

Individuals or groups may submit proposals for different types of presentation if they wish to.

All materials (detailed below) should be sent to in a single attachment to an email (not in the email body), in PDF format.

Deadline for proposals: Monday 4 November 2013.

Individual papers

Individual papers should be maximum 20 minutes in length, and will be followed by questions (c. 10 minutes). Please submit the following:

Roundtable panels

Panels should be maximum 90 minutes in length, and will typically feature “position statements” from individual panelists, followed by roundtable discussion and audience questions/comments. However, formats deviating from this plan may also be suggested.

Please submit the following:

overall panel abstract (300 words max.)


There may be opportunities for performances of c.1 hour’s length. Musical, theatrical, literary or other performances will be considered, in keeping with the overall theme of the conference.

Please submit the following:

Workshops/demonstrations with potential for audience participation

Proposals for workshops/demonstrations with the potential for audience participation are invited.

Please submit the following:

Notification of successful proposals

Notifications of acceptance or otherwise will be sent at the beginning of December 2013. The full provisional conference programme will be announced early in 2014.

Conference committee

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