8th Biennial Conney Conference on Jewish Arts: Supporting and Encouraging New Narratives of Jewish Identity in the Arts

The Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies presents the 8th biennial Conney Conference on Jewish Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, from March 27-30, 2022. All events are free and open to the public.

The Conney Conference on Jewish Arts will address themes of interdisciplinarity, diversity and intersectionality in the changing landscape of the Jewish Arts. In a moment in which we are experiencing a generational shift among Jewish-identifying artists to a more inclusive and polyvocal, fluid understanding of Jewish identity, the politics of Jewishness are foregrounded in astounding new ways. From graphic novels to digital art and highly charged dance and performance, to theater, music and literature, we see both a return to ritual and a search for new narratives of the contemporary Jewish experience. The 8th iteration of the Conney Conference on Jewish Arts will focus on the remarkable evolution of the field as it has expanded into the future while acknowledging its own histories.

Curator, writer and artist Aimee Rubensteen is the featured keynote speaker. Professor Ori Soltes will deliver a special lecture titled “Transcendent and Interdisciplinary: Butterflies in Holocaust and Post-Holocaust Imagery” on Tuesday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street) in honor of Marv and Babe Conney, for whom the conference is named.

For more information, visit conneyproject.wisc.edu/2022-conney-conference/.

The Conney Conference on Jewish Arts is directed by Professor Douglas Rosenberg and is generously made possible through the Mildred and Marv Conney Fund and the UW–Madison Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies. Promotional support provided by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts.

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