LAIS meeting within the 2nd BIWARD
Within the 2nd
BIWARD conference for the promotion of cooperation between Israel and Brazil at
Fortaleza University, the first Latin American Israel Studies (LAIS) meeting will
be convening for a two-day program
between the 20th and 22nd of
November 2018. LAIS is a first step to create a network of scholars connecting
Latin America, North America and Israel, fostering future partnerships and the
mutual exchange of knowledge in the field of Israel studies.
As an academic
field, Israel Studies includes, but is not limited to History, Social Sciences,
Arts and Communication, International Relations, Middle Eastern, Arab and
Jewish Studies. In recent years, a growing number of centers and departments
for Israel Studies have been established across multiple universities in the
United States, Europe, Israel, China and most recently India.
Israel is a
complex place. It is Middle Eastern and European, a Jewish state and a home to
many communities and religions. At times in harmony but also in tension, these
diverse cultural influences define modern Israel. The conflict between Israelis
and Palestinians is also an integral part of its reality. Its society, politics
and culture offer a multitude of cases and opportunities to be studied from a
wide range of multidisciplinary perspectives. We believe that the conference will
provide an opportunity to assess these questions through informed academic
debate and research.
The Latin American academic
community has up to now seldom been heard in this
conversation, despite being a well-recognized space of intellectual creativity.
The LAIS initiative wishes to
promote Israel Studies in Latin America and the voice of Latin American
scholars in the evolving discussions on Israel in the academic world.