Political Hebraism: Judaic Sources in Early Modern Political Thought

Conference in Jerusalem, Israel, August 23-26, 2004

Between the 16th and 18th centuries, European political philosophy felt intimately at home with the Hebrew Bible, enjoyed some familiarity with later Jewish texts and exegeses, and accommodated a small number of Jews within its political discourse. The period was characterized by a search for Hebraica Veritas, a view of De Republica Hebraeorum as the idealized polity, and biblical and Jewish ideas permeating the political imagination through art, literature, and legal codes.

Our conference aims to bring together scholars from around the world who are interested in political Hebraism and related fields, to create a learning community and promote the study of this field.

Proposals may be submitted by academics, independent researchers, postgraduates, and graduate students from across the humanities and social sciences. Approaches to the topic of political Hebraism may be historical, literary, philosophical, theological, critical, religious, cultural, or sociopolitical. Although the focus is on early modernity, papers discussing the prelude to this period, or the impact of early modern political Hebraism on thought and action in later periods, will also be considered.

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be published as a collection representing the state of scholarship in political Hebraism of the early modern period.

Abstracts of roughly 500 words should be submitted no later than February 29, 2004, by mail or e-mail. Accepted papers will be submitted in full prior to the conference.

Participation in the conference will be limited to applicants who submit abstracts. Fellowship support will be available for participants.

Contact: Meirav Jones
E-mail: meiravj@shalem.org.il
Phone: 972-2-560-5555