American University, Washington, DC
October 28-29, 2018
Scholars are invited to attend “Israel Abroad: The Israeli Diaspora Past and Present,” an international academic conference on October 28-29, 2018 at American University in Washington, DC. A limited number of travel subsidies are available for junior faculty and advanced graduate students. Applications for travel subsidies are due September 16, 2018. Notifications will be made on a rolling basis by September 28, 2018. The conference is sponsored by American University’s Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program.
Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, American University and Chair of Jewish History and Culture, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich
Pamela Nadell, Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender Studies, American University
Israel was founded with the mission of “ingathering of the exiles” – bringing the Jews back to their historic homeland. While in 1948 less than ten percent of the Jewish population lived in the Jewish state, sixty-six years later almost every second Jew calls Israel home. This is a remarkable achievement, which few Zionists predicted half a century ago.
What was also unforeseen, however, is the fact that today there exists a large Israeli diaspora all over the world. The expatriate Israeli community numbers today anywhere between half a million and one million people. Some of them live permanently abroad, while others plan to return to Israel.
This is the first academic conference to focus on different communities, past and present, real and virtual, of Israelis abroad.
Location: The conference will take place at various locations on the campus of American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.
Link to Detailed Conference Program and Junior Scholar Travel Subsidy Application: Travel Subsidy Application