CFP: “The Yiddish Press Beyond Its Pages”: A special issue of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies

Guest Editors: Ayelet Brinn (University of Hartford), Samuel Glauber (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), William Pimlott (Royal Holloway, University of London)

In the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Yiddish newspapers served as important spaces of mediation between various Jewish public spheres across the globe. The complex relationship between newspapers and their readers took shape through a series of interactions both on and off the page, from letters to the editor or advice column submissions to interactions on the streets of Warsaw, Buenos Aires, or New York, to visits from newsagents who traveled outside of major metropolitan areas to sell Yiddish newspapers to local readers, to the intercession of newspaper staffs with government agencies on behalf of their readers. Moreover, Yiddish press offices were often located in buildings that also housed other communal institutions with broader functions, and readers often felt free to come to these offices in person, either to voice their opinions about a newspaper’s content or to personally ask editors for advice or services.

We invite submissions to a special issue of In geveb that focus on the Yiddish press beyond the usual confines of the printed word, or that shed light on the complex relationships between Yiddish newspapers, their readers, and the public spheres in which they operated. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Interactions between readers and writers in newspaper offices and in the streets
  • Distribution and reception of the Yiddish press
  • The relationship of Yiddish newspapers to their surrounding communities
  • The roles newspapers and their writers played in actively shaping the events they covered
  • Newspapers as agents of social change or social control
  • The material conditions of the production of Yiddish newspapers
  • Interactions between the Yiddish and non-Yiddish press, Jewish and otherwise

We also welcome submissions that extend beyond Yiddish. Submissions may focus on periodicals in other languages, as long as they also engage in some way with the history of the Yiddish Press.

Those interested should submit a proposal of approximately 250 words and a brief biography to [email protected] by March 1, 2024. Authors for proposals chosen for potential publication will be notified by March 31, 2024, with complete drafts due by November 1, 2024, which will then be submitted for peer review.

For more information, contact:

Ayelet Brinn ([email protected])

Samuel Glauber ([email protected])

William Pimlott ([email protected])

“CFP: "The Yiddish Press Beyond Its Pages": A special issue of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies.” In geveb, January 2024:
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