Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: Wandering Jews: Immigration, Expulsion, Dead Ends, and Homecomings

The movement of the Jewish people—whether in flight, pilgrimage, bondage, or homecoming—is a subject that has been explored for nearly the entire history of film. From retellings of biblical tales to examinations of the widespread impacts of the Holocaust, these narratives continue to tell us much about the relationship between Judaism and the journey—as well as the political, economic, cultural, and psychological contexts and consequences of these dispersions. What, then, do we glean from these cinematic renditions of Jewish journeys? How are the Jewish people—their character and culture—portrayed in these various narratives of diaspora and sometimes, return? Laden with meaning as they are, how does that meaning change over time, influenced by the political and cultural climate in which these films are made?

This area invites 20-minute papers that explore the diverse ways documentaries, feature films, and television programs have examined the cultural, political, psychological, and religious significance of Jewish population movements and the themes of dispersion and homecoming.

Possible Topics include, but are not limited to:

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by June 1, 2015, to the area chair:

Lawrence Baron
San Diego State University

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