Conf/CfP - Jewish Studies and Related Fields, 17-19 December 2017, Washington DC, USA

Publish Date: Mar 27, 2017

Deadline: May 04, 2017

Event Dates: from Dec 17, 2017 12:00 to Dec 19, 2017 12:00

About the program

The Call for Papers for the 49th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies will be held December 17-19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC. 

We welcome proposals for panelsseminarsroundtablesmeetingsindividual papersdigital humanities presentations, and lightning sessions. Several new features recently introduced in response to member feedback proved to be quite successful and will be continued this year.  

The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, May 4, 2017. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the AJS website. This site will be available for submissions from Wednesday, March 1, 2017 through Thursday, May 4, 2017. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to select the division, or subject area, in which you would like your proposal considered. Your proposal will then be forwarded to the appropriate Division Chair. You will also find more detailed information about the conference (Registration, Hotel, and Meal Information) on the AJS website. If you have any questions about the program that are not covered in this Call for Papers, please feel free to be in touch with me. The AJS staff ( will be happy to respond to any questions regarding membership, payment, and other organizational matters.

The AJS has arranged for extraordinary rates at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and is currently raising funds to offer an extensive Conference Travel Grant Program. Please check the AJS website regularly for up to date information to assist you in your travel plans.

What's New This Year

We've read your feedback on conference surveys, and we've listened to your suggestions in emails and phone calls. Read below how AJS is updating its conference policies and formats to make the meeting more of what you, our members, want:

  • In order to provide space for as many worthy presentations as possible, AJS members may appear on the program no more than twice, and then only in two different roles in the conference (e.g., as chair and paper presenter OR as roundtable discussant and paper presenter OR as seminar participant and panel respondent, etc.). You may choose any combination of two roles (chair, discussant, paper presenter, respondent, moderator, lightning presenter, digital humanities presenter, seminar participant) EXCEPT paper presenter and lightning presenter. 
  • Lightning Sessions are now open to all AJS members (not just to graduate students).
  • We welcome "flipped" panels, in which papers are posted and read in advance, with the panel meeting at the conference used for discussion rather than the first presentation of the research.
  • All sessions (except seminars) will be 90 minutes in length. Panel organizers should plan for three 20-minute papers and a chair, allowing 25-30 minutes for Q and A OR three 20-minute papers, a 10-minute response, and a chair, allowing 20 minutes for Q and A. Please note that all seminar meetings will be 105 minutes.
  • We are pleased to again feature a Wild-Card Division (this year's theme: Jewish Politics)
  • We are thrilled that pre-circulated seminars are such a popular format. In response to your suggestions, we have tightened up the structure to make sure everyone can easily access the seminar papers in advance of the conference, and make best use of the time during seminar meetings.
  • Several travel grants restrict eligibility to those presenting papers in traditional panels and presentations in the digital humanities workshop. Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Types of Proposals

We invite proposals for critical analyses of themes, topics, problems, or issues arising from original scholarly research. There are two ways to submit a proposal:

1) as part of a pre-formed session (panel, roundtable, lightning session, seminar);

2) individually (if accepted, to be placed in a panel by the Division Chair or, if a digital media presentation, in the Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities Workshop)

AJS members who are interested in organizing a session, or joining a session that others are forming, may post announcements to the Sessions Seeking Participants/Papers Seeking Sessions.

A list of suggested themes and topics for selected subject areas appears in Part IV, under the heading “Division Chairs and Suggested Themes.” Prospective presenters and session organizers are encouraged to consider these suggestions in crafting their proposals.

Division Chairs and Suggested Themes

From those listed below, please identify the subject area in which you wish to have your proposal considered. Note: Several divisions include suggested themes for exploration. These suggestions do not preclude proposals on other topics.

  • Bible and the History of Biblical Interpretation
  • Rabbinic Literature and Culture
  • Yiddish Studies
  • Modern Jewish Literature and Culture
  • Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Medieval Jewish Philosophy
  • Jewish Mysticism
  • Modern Jewish Thought and Theology
  • Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity
  • Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, Literature, and Culture
  • Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies
  • Modern Jewish History in Europe, Asia, Israel, and Other Communities
  • Modern Jewish History in the Americas
  • Israel Studies
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Jews, Film, and the Arts
  • Social Science
  • Jewish Languages and Linguistics from Antiquity to the Present
  • Interdisciplinary, Theoretical, and New Approaches
  • Pedagogy
  • Wild Card Division: Jewish Politics

Program Committee

  • Christine Hayes (Yale University), chair
  • Joel Berkowitz (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  • Matthew Goldish (Ohio State University)
  • Alyssa Gray (HUC-JIR)
  • Ken Koltun-Fromm (Haverford College)
  • Shelley Tenenbaum (Clark University)
  • Krista Dalton (Columbia University), student representative
  • Pamela Nadell (American University), ex officio

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • March 1, 2017: Proposal submission site available
  • May 4, 2017: Deadline for submission of conference proposals
  • August 2017: E-mail notification of conference proposal status
  • September 2017: Conference schedule posted online
  • November 15, 2017: Deadline for meal requests and pre-conference registration
  • November 15, 2017: Deadline for securing hotel room at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC at reduced conference rate

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