[MGSA-L] Reminder: Call for Articles: Jewish History Journal. Special Issue: Salonica Jewry

Paris Papamichos Chronakis pchronakis at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 00:12:00 PDT 2011

> Dear friends,
> If you find it interesting, please circulate the following call for
> articles for a special issue on Salonica Jewry of *Jewish History*.
> *Jewish History Journal*
> *Special Issue: Salonica Jewry*
> We are seeking proposals for articles on the history of Salonica’s Jews
> from the 16th century to the immediate post-World War II period, for a
> special issue of the *Jewish History Journal*. Modern historical writing
> about Salonica’s Jewry was initiated by Joseph Nehama’s monumental *Histoire
> des Israélites de Salonique*. Since then, a number of relevant works have
> sporadically appeared primarily in the genre of Yizkor literature. Yet, in
> the last twenty years there has been a surge of interest in the history of
> Salonica’s Jews. Important works have explored community structure and life,
> the role of the *Alliance Israélite* *Universelle *and the development of
> new ideological currents (socialism, Zionism, notions about Empire and the
> state), have highlighted the passage from empire to nation-state, by
> focusing on the difficulties of assimilation, on anti-Semitism, Shoah and
> the destruction of the community. Most recently, a number of  studies have
> continued on the traces of this literature, beginning to explore internal
> strife, local elaborations of Ottomanism and Hellenism, as well as periods
> prior to the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries.
> Taking into consideration older as well as more recent historiographical
> trends, we therefore welcome proposals that explore neglected aspects in the
> history of Salonica Jewry, and/or offer novel interpretations.
> Chronologically, our project spans the period from the first arrivals in the
> late 15th century, to the years following World War II. Our collective work
> primarily intends to highlight the internal diversity, characteristic of
> Salonica’s Jewish history, as well as the multiplicity of contacts
> Salonica’s Jews established with the city’s other ethnoreligious groups,
> with local authorities, as well as with other urban centres across and
> beyond the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The concept of “community” that
> has been at the core of many previous discussions of Salonica’s Jewry has
> marginalized these important issues. We therefore welcome proposals that
> focus on intra-communal and inter-ethnic *relations* and deal less with
> institutions and more with social interactions and their cultural
> significations. In this respect, we also seek to broaden the source base for
> the study of Salonica Jews by welcoming studies that move beyond the use of
> “external” western sources (or sources in western languages), and which
> instead explore the rich and untapped reservoirs of local sources, including
> *responsas*, Ottoman and Greek documents, community archives, Ladino
> publications, oral testimonies, and visual sources such as photographs and
> postcards. In the same vein, we are equally interested in contributions that
> avoid the framework of “local” or “community” history. Instead, we seek
> works that place the Salonican Jews in the context of Ottoman and Modern
> Greek history, and/or use the case of Salonica’s Jews to draw broader
> theoretical conclusions about particular notions or concepts (as for example
> the notion of “public sphere”, “sociality”, “mixed city”, “social networks”,
> “cosmopolitanism,” “assimilation,” “diaspora within a diaspora”). Our
> ultimate aim is to analytically insert the history of Salonica’s Jews into
> more general contexts –cultural, economic, and geographic—thus opening up
> new analytical and historiographic horizons.
> Finally, we welcome proposals for articles that either examine the relation
> of Salonica Jews with the city itself, or move beyond it and place their
> history within new spatial frameworks of analysis. As inhabitants of an
> important port city and major centre of Judaism in the Eastern Mediterranean
> and the Balkans, themselves operating within extensive commercial and family
> networks, the Jews of Salonica appear as an exemplary case for connecting
> the local with the Mediterranean, the Balkan hinterland, even with the
> global. We therefore aim to receive contributions that examine the history
> of Salonica’s Jews either from a comparative perspective or as part of
> broader social, cultural, religious, and economic geographies.
> We are interested in the following topics:
> ·        Questions about the period of “rise” and “decline” of Salonica
> Jewry, 16th-18th centuries.
> ·        Marranos, Francos, and Ashkenazim and their presence among
> Salonica’s Jews.
> ·        Intra-communal structures of power. Religion, religious
> institutions and rabbinic authority; public health and charity.
> ·        Class and Gender as important analytical categories in the
> history of Salonican Jewry.
> ·        Family, marriage, property relations, strategies of
> intergenerational transmission of property.
> ·        Commercial networks.
> ·        Relations with other ethno-religious communities (Greek Orthodox,
> the city’s Slavic populations, Muslims, Donme), foreign powers, the Ottoman
> and Greek states, and participation in imperial and national political
> culture. Relations with other Jewish communities in the Ottoman Empire and
> Modern Greece, with an emphasis on the encounter and competition with the
> communities of “Old Greece,” especially of Athens.
> ·        Socialist, Zionist and assimilationist configurations of
> Jewishness. Relations with the city, the “localization” of Jewish identity
> and the development of the idea of a Jewish Salonica in different periods.
> Conversely, the place of Salonica in shaping Sephardic identity and culture.
> ·        The Holocaust in Salonica.
> ·        Salonica's Jews following World War II.
> ·        Salonican Jews outside Salonica (USA, Palestine/Israel, France).
> ·        Historiography on Salonica Jewry from Joseph Nehama to the
> present. Historiographic prospects.
> Articles, based on original research and not published elsewhere, will be
> around 8,000 words long (including footnotes). Those interested in
> participating in this collective project should submit abstracts of about
> 1,200 words by the end of June 2011. By the end of July 2011, the editorial
> committee (consisting of Antony Molho, Eyal Ginio and Paris Papamichos
> Chronakis) will notify authors whose contributions will be considered
> suitable for this volume. Abstracts should be sent to all three editors:
> antony.molho at eui.eu ; eginio at pluto.mscc.huji.ac.il ; and
> pchronakis at gmail.com
> For information about *Jewish History*, visit:
> http://www.springer.com/new+%26+forthcoming+titles+%28default%29/journal/10835
> --

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