The concept of ‘doykeit,’ Yiddish for ‘hereness,’ is taken from the pre-World War II Polish-Jewish group The Bund, which believed that Jews have both a right to live and a political commitment to work for change ‘here and now.’
Doykeit seeks to speak to the cross-sections of Jewish and queer/feminist identification and how these might inform an anti-Zionist or Palestinian solidarity politic.
For this issue of Doykeit, we ask for writing and art that considers one or more of the following topics: diaspora, home and “homeland,” galut, displacement, dispersal, remembrance, intergenerational relationships, borders, nationalism, and violence.
“The word ‘diaspora’ means dispersion. It originated in the Septuagint, one of the original Greek translations of the Bible: Deuteronomy 28:25: ‘thou shalt be a diaspora in all kingdoms of the earth.’…”
Some questions to consider:
–site(s) of diaspora and site(s) of “home”
–diaspora in a globalized society
–What does it mean to be a diaspora Jew (politically, spiritually etc.)?
–How is diaspora complicated/ take on different meaning in different Jewish communities (ethnic, geographic, denominational, etc.)?
–How do we build solidarity between/ within diasporic/ exilic communities?
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Due JUNE 1st
500-1,000 words preferred
Either formatted into a ½ size zine page or unformatted word document
Images must be black and white, 300+ dpi
Send submissions/ inquiries/ requests for Issue #1 to firstname.lastname@example.org