28 September 2004

International Sephardic Journal Issues Call for Papers


September 28, 2004 - The International Society for Sephardic Progress is welcoming submissions for Volume 2. of its official publication, the International Sephardic Journal, a multi-disciplinary refereed publication featuring scholarly works related to Sephardim (the descendants of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Levant {including the former Ottoman Empire} who share common religious and cultural bonds). The International Sephardic Journal, winner of the prestigious 2004-2005 Fromer Award for "potential significant impact on the Jewish community", is the only refereed publication in the world dedicated to Sephardic Jewry.

All interested scholars, rabbis, and professionals, including university students and independent researchers, are invited to submit papers. Proposed topics may include, but are not limited to: Sephardic/Mizrahi history, culture, language, religion (halakhot, minhagim), diaspora, biographies, Sephardic life and experience in the Americas, Europe, Asia or Africa. Topics related to Anusim and crypto-Jewish populations, as well as Sephardic interaction with non-Jewish communities are also welcome.

In addition, contemporary topics such as modern Sephardic society, politics, religion, psychology, and science related to Sephardim will be considered. The International Sephardic Journal also welcomes first-person memoirs of the Sephardic experience for its "Portals to the Past" section, and book reviews of current publications relating to Sephardic life, culture, or religion. A style sheet is available at http://sephardicjournal.org/style.html

Submissions may be made by e-mail to: email(at)ISFSP.org. Please include name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), address, phone number, e-mail address, paper title, and short abstract in the body of the e-mail. Attach the article, in MS Word format. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2005.

Although based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization representing Sephardim internationally. It functions to produce high quality Jewish educational projects and publications which will help teach the public about the vibrant Sephardic Jewish communities, past and present.



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