CfP: The Jewish family in Europe and the Mediterranean from the Middle Ages to our days (Publication); DL: 01.09.2017

ADH_132_L204Thematic volume of the Annales de démographie historique (2018/2) (Web), edited by Luca Andreoni, Michaël Gasperoni and Cyril Grange

Proposals due: 01.09.2017

The history of the family is at the center of a considerable historiographical renewal that has marked Jewish studies during the last decades. The medievalists were the first to widely study small groups and Jewish family networks in order to better understand the settlement and diffusion of the Jewish population in a territory or their relations with the majoritarian society. Being particularly heterogeneous, the Jewish diaspora is traditionally divided into several groups and factions dependent on ritual practices, geographic provenances and affiliations or legal traditions, more or less influenced by the local contexts the different Jewish populations were settled in. These differences clearly had an impact on the matrimonial practices and family structures of Jews in Europe and the Mediterranean : Whilst the Ashkenazi Jewish tend less to marry among very close relatives, Sephardic families are known for their pronounced intrafamilial endogamy and a certain tolerance towards polygamy … read more and source (Web).