Journal of Israeli History
Call for Papers: Rethinking violence in Israeli history, politics, and society
The Journal of Israeli History calls for submissions of articles to a special issue on the subject of violence.
In the study of Israel, the word “violence” typically refers to military or paramilitary action in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict. It may conjure up images of assaults by ‘hilltop youth’ or armed Palestinian fighters, IDF soldiers at checkpoints, the fatal effects of a suicide bombing or artillery fire.
While this issue will include creative research into violence in that category, it particularly welcomes new ideas in research into the many other kinds of violence prevalent in society, including physical, political, criminal, domestic, pedagogical, sexual, economic, emotional, and psychological violence, as well as self-harm, verbal, and symbolic violence, on the levels of individuals, state, or society. We are also interested in aspects of Israel society where violence might be less commonplace, including geographical areas, social spheres, intellectual discourses, or historical periods, when violence was, or has become, less frequent. By presenting research into diverse forms of violence side by side, we intend this issue to highlight the subtle connections between them.
We welcome submissions from the fields of history, sociology, political science, economics, gender studies, literature and the arts, cultural studies, anthropology, law, criminology, and religious studies. We particularly encourage articles that open up new avenues of thought, those which employ relatively underutilized historiographical methods (such as quantitative approaches) and those which, in addition to their specific contributions, address larger thematic questions: how do specific cultural repertoires and socio-political discourses affect the nature of violence in a society, or the resistance to it? How have manifestations of violence changed over time? How might research comparing Israel to other places deepen our understanding? How are manifestations of violence determined by categories such as geographical area, class, ethnicity, gender, or geopolitical developments? We are particularly interested in articles that problematize these categories, or suggest new explanatory mechanisms or new theories about violence beyond them.
Please send 150-200 word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1, 2021. The abstracts will be reviewed by the editors and the editorial board and a select number of authors will be invited to submit full articles by November 1, 2021