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Call for Papers
 

AJS 49th Annual Conference
December 17-19, 2017
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

 
I. Message from the Program Chair
II. What's New This Year
III. Types of Proposals
IV. Division Chairs and Suggested Themes
V. Session Formats
VI. Program Committee
VII. Important Dates and Deadlines
Please also refer to the AJS’s Conference Policies and Procedures in preparing your submission.

I. Message from Program Chair

Dear Colleagues:

As Vice President for Program, I am delighted to issue the Call for Papers for the 49th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, to be held December 17-19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC.

We welcome proposals for panels, seminars, roundtables, meetings, individual papers, digital 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.  Please read about them below.

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 find detailed instructions for submission below. 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 (ajs@ajs.cjh.org) 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.

I am looking forward to an exciting and intellectually stimulating conference in Washington, D.C.

Sincerely,

Christine Hayes (christine.hayes@yale.edu)
Vice President for Program

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II. 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.

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III. 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.

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IV. 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.

  1. Bible and the History of Biblical Interpretation
  2. Rabbinic Literature and Culture
  3. Yiddish Studies
  4. Modern Jewish Literature and Culture
  5. Modern Hebrew Literature
  6. Medieval Jewish Philosophy
  7. Jewish Mysticism
  8. Modern Jewish Thought and Theology
  9. Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity
  10. Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, Literature, and Culture
  11. Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies
  12. Modern Jewish History in Europe, Asia, Israel, and Other Communities
  13. Modern Jewish History in the Americas
  14. Israel Studies
  15. Holocaust Studies
  16. Jews, Film, and the Arts
  17. Social Science
  18. Jewish Languages and Linguistics from Antiquity to the Present
  19. Interdisciplinary, Theoretical, and New Approaches
  20. Pedagogy
  21. Wild Card Division: Jewish Politics

1. Bible and the History of Biblical Interpretation

Literature of the Bible; world of the Bible; early post-Biblical literature (Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls); interpretation of the Bible from antiquity to modern times; all areas of critical biblical scholarship and history of interpretation

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. The Museum of the Bible
  2. The Bible in Synagogue Art: From Ancient Mosaics to Modern Tapestries
  3. New Archaeological Discoveries – New Biblical Interpretations
  4. Continuum or Discontinuity: Moving from Inner-textual Biblical Interpretation to Rabbinic Exegesis

Division Co-chairs:

Yitzhak Berger (Hunter College)
yitzhak.berger@hunter.cuny.edu

Jonathan Kaplan (University of Texas at Austin)
jonathan.kaplan@austin.utexas.edu

2. Rabbinic Literature and Culture

We encourage the submission of papers in the following areas: Talmudic Law, Midrash, Aggadah as well as analyses of Rabbinic texts from the end of the Second Temple through the time of the Geonim. Please note: this division is historically delineated. It recognizes that some proposals may touch on aspects of the Second Temple period and/or medieval Jewry, but submissions that focus primarily on the Second Temple period or the medieval era or later should be submitted to other divisions. Please contact the Division Chairs for recommendations of appropriate placement.

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Halakhah in the Aggadah: How do rabbinic narratives engage halakhic modes of thinking?
  2. The "Political" in Rabbinic Literature
  3. Expertise in Rabbinic Literature and in Rabbinic Self-Construction

Division Co-chairs:

Charlotte Fonrobert (Stanford University)
fonrober@stanford.edu

Tzvi Novick (University of Notre Dame)
novick.3@nd.edu

3. Yiddish Studies

Yiddish literature and its history

Division Chair: Miriam Udel (Emory University)
miriamudel@emory.edu

4. Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

American Jewish literature; European Jewish literature; modern Sephardic literature; and their cultural contexts

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. New directions for Literature and Religion (or Irreligion): OTD narratives, belles lettres in religious communities, modern midrash, etc. 
  2. "Low" genres as Jewish genres?: feuilletons, cartoons and comics, stand-up comedy, serial fiction, etc.
  3. Hemispheric and oceanic approaches to comparative modern Jewish cultures: the Jewish Atlantic, the Jewish Pacific, the Jewish Mediterranean, etc.

Division Chair: Joshua Lambert (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
jlambert@english.umass.edu

5. Modern Hebrew Literature

Hebrew literature from the Haskalah on, including contemporary Israeli literature

Division Co-chairs:

Naomi Brenner (Ohio State University)
brenner.108@osu.edu

Lital Levy (Princeton University)
lital@Princeton.edu

6. Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Jewish philosophy and its history in medieval and late medieval times

Division Chair: James T. Robinson (University of Chicago)
jtr@uchicago.edu

7. Jewish Mysticism

Literature, history, and phenomenology of Jewish mysticism in all periods

The Jewish Mysticism division is looking for proposals on a wide array of topics. It is especially interested in papers or panel proposals relating to the themes below.

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Kabbalah Right Now: Old Forms, New Uses
  2. Poetics and Genre
  3. Kabbalah and Mysticism in Leonard Cohen’s Life and Work
  4. Teaching and Learning in Kabbalah
  5. Body, Soul, Cosmos

Division Chair: Marla Segol (University at Buffalo)
marlaseg@buffalo.edu

8. Modern Jewish Thought and Theology

Jewish philosophy and thought in modern times; modern Jewish religious movements

Division Chair: Mara Benjamin (St. Olaf College)
mbenj@stolaf.edu

9. Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity

The division of the history of the Jews and Judaism in the Persian, Greco-Roman, and Byzantine period invites scholars to think about the larger historiographic and cultural contexts in which we write and interpret the Jewish past. In 2017 we would be particularly excited by the following themes, and also invite you to suggest sessions and individual lectures that suit your own interests and talents:

  1. The Jerusalem Temple: History, Tradition, and Culture. Ranging from literary studies to archaeology, cultural history to political history, we invite a range of new studies on the Temple and the continued engagement with it by Jews from Cyrus to Mohammed.

  2. Samaritanism and Judaism in Greco-Roman Antiquity. Recent scholarship and discoveries have invigorated research on Jewish-Samaritan (and sometimes Christian) relations in Greco-Roman antiquity.

  3. Josephus: Between Jewish Studies, Classics, and Religious Studies. This suggestion broaches the disciplinary perspectives on Josephus, and the ways that disciplinarity affects and is affected by Josephan scholarship.  Questions might include issues of terminology (Jewish War vs. Judaean War) and larger theoretical issues.

  4. Purity, Holiness and Ritual in Ancient Judaism. Recent scholarship has shown particular interest in issues of purity and their ritual expression. It is hoped that this session will inspire consideration of these issues.

  5. Jewish Burial in Roman Antiquity. Discoveries across the Roman world, together with new methodological perspectives, have invigorated the study of Jewish burial practices. It is hoped that this session will serve as a catalyst for further discussion.

Division Chair: Steven Fine (Yeshiva University)
steven.fine@yu.edu

10. Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, Literature, and Culture

Jewish history in Muslim and Christian realms; Jewish literatures including but not limited to belles lettres, piyyut, and exegesis; medieval and early modern Jewish art, artifacts, and architecture

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Gender, sexuality, history of women
  2. Geonica and genizah studies
  3. History of science and medicine
  4. Jewish-Christian contacts

Division Co-chairs:

David M. Freidenreich (Colby College)
dfreiden@colby.edu

Paola Tartakoff (Rutgers University)
tartakof@rci.rutgers.edu

11. Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies

The Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies division seeks submissions that are area specific and interdisciplinary on the history and culture of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewry. The division also encourages scholars to propose sessions that bring together junior and senior faculty.

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Politics, power, and authority
  2. Memory

Division Co-chairs:

Julia Cohen (Vanderbilt University)
julia.p.cohen@vanderbilt.edu

Jonathan Ray (Georgetown University)
jsr46@georgetown.edu

12. Modern Jewish History in Europe, Asia, Israel, and Other Communities

The Modern Jewish History in Europe, Asia, Israel, and Other Communities division welcomes papers and panels that present case studies of individual Jewish communities in these regions, or that adopt comparative approaches to shed new light on methodological or theoretical themes.

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Historical Encounters between Different Jewries in the Modern World
  2. Sensory Histories of Modern Jews
  3. Jewish Migrations and Modern Jewish Life
  4. World War and World Peace and Modern Jewish History

Division Co-chairs:

Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia University)
rk2351@columbia.edu

John Efron (University of California, Berkeley)
efron@berkeley.edu

13. Modern Jewish History in the Americas

This division seeks proposals that deal with some aspect of Jewish history in the Americas.

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Politics
  2. Anxiety
  3. Public/Private

Division Co-chairs:

Melissa Klapper (Rowan University)
klapper@rowan.edu

Kirsten Fermaglich (Michigan State University)
fermagli@msu.edu

14. Israel Studies

Multi- and interdisciplinary studies of Israeli society, culture, and politics

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Israeli Humor & Popular Culture
  2. Memory & Commemoration in Israeli Culture
  3. Israel and the Environment
  4. Israeli Minorities & Democracy
  5. Lessons & Legacies from the Scholarship of Michael Feige Z”L
  6. Gender & Sexuality in Israeli Cinema
  7. New Pedagogical Approaches to Israel Studies Classrooms

Division Chair: Ranen Omer-Sherman (University of Louisville)
ranen.omersherman@louisville.edu

15. Holocaust Studies

The Holocaust Studies division encourages individual papers and panels informed by comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. The global context of the Holocaust (e.g., Jewish refugees in Shanghai, the threat to the Jews in Palestine)
  2. Jewish self-help and rescue
  3. Religious responses during and after the Holocaust
  4. New approaches to survivor testimony

Division Chair: Gabriel Finder (University of Virginia)  
GF6N@virginia.edu

16. Jews, Film, and the Arts

Representation of Judaism and Jews in visual art, music, theater, and dance; the role of the arts in Jewish history and civilization

Division Chair: Samantha Baskind (Cleveland State University)
s.baskind@csuohio.edu

17. Social Science

Sociology, anthropology, folklore, political science, and social psychology as applied to Jewish communities

Division Chair: Bruce Phillips (HUC-JIR/Los Angeles)
bphillips@huc.edu

18. Jewish Languages and Linguistics from Antiquity to the Present

Linguistic, semiotic, or philological studies of Hebrew, Yiddish, and other Jewish languages; language instruction in Hebrew, Yiddish, other Jewish languages

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Language among contemporary Hasidic Jews
  2. Hebrew component of Jewish languages
  3. Language ideology in Jewish communities, past and present

Division Chair: Sarah Benor (HUC-JIR/Los Angeles)
sbenor@huc.edu

19. Interdisciplinary, Theoretical, and New Approaches

This division welcomes proposals that cross geographical, chronological, and disciplinary boundaries; considers theoretical approaches; and new methodologies in Jewish Studies.

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Material Culture
  2. Disability Studies
  3. Animal and post-human studies

Division Co-chairs:

Barbara Mann (Jewish Theological Seminary)
riverdale3@gmail.com

Laura Lieber (Duke University)
laura.lieber@duke.edu

20. Pedagogy

The pedagogy division seeks individual papers, panels, or roundtable sessions on issues or themes relevant to the theory and practice of teaching Jewish Studies. The pedagogy division is broad in conception and hopes to generate scholarly conversation about teaching both as it relates to the classroom and to questions of curriculum development in the field of Jewish Studies. For example, we welcome proposals about such issues as: identity in the Jewish Studies classroom, both that of teachers and as students; the "flipped classroom"; "hevruta study" and other teaching technologies in a Jewish Studies classroom; language requirements and the Jewish Studies program; teaching autobiography; teaching Israel, etc.

2017 Suggested Themes:

  1. Teaching Tevye: panels and papers that address teaching Sholem Aleichem's character, both in Sholem Aleichem's writing, and in Tevye's literary, cinematic, and other afterlives
  2. Incorporating pedagogic innovation in Jewish Studies

Division Chair: Sara Horowitz (York University)
srh@yorku.ca

21. Wild Card Division: Jewish Politics

This Wild Card division will investigate how Jewish identity has been mobilized and deployed in historical and contemporary political debates and struggles; how contemporary politics in various geographical spaces and in various eras have, and do, shape Jewish identity; and how the profession of Jewish Studies contends with politics, particularly around questions of identity, loyalty, and dissent.

The Jewish Politics Division welcomes proposals for sessions and papers devoted to a range of topics, including but not limited to: the role of Jewish values and identity in motivating contemporary, non-sectarian political struggles, such as U.S. politics in the age of Trump; in motivating action around more directly Jewish communal issues, or around responses to Zionism and the politics of Israel-Palestine; the claims of the State of Israel on Diaspora and Israeli Jewish identity and politics; the extent to which Jewish Studies scholarship has or has not been deployed for political purposes and the intellectual implications of this deployment.

Both full session proposals and individual paper abstracts or individual interest in roundtable participation (with the range of topics of interest clearly stated) are welcome.

Division Co-chairs:

Mira Sucharov (Carleton University)
mira.sucharov@carleton.ca

Hasia Diner (New York University)
hrd1@nyu.edu

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V. Session Formats

Pre-circulated Seminars (Submission Checklist)

The seminar format brings together eight to twelve scholars for two meetings over the course of the conference. ALL SEMINARS WILL MEET AT THE SAME DEDICATED TIMES – THE FIRST SESSION ON MONDAY MORNING AND THE FINAL SESSION On TUESDAY AFTERNOON. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD PLAN TRAVEL ACCORDINGLY. The goal of this format is to allow for sustained discussion of a question or problem, and to take advantage of the presence of a diverse range of scholars at the meeting. Participants WILL NOT read papers in the seminars; rather, the AJS will post papers on its website in advance, for discussion in Washington, DC. Only AJS members will have access to the papers through our password-protected site, and papers will be taken down immediately after the conference. Each seminar meeting will be 105 minutes long. Seminar organizers may invite individuals personally to participate in the seminar, as well as issue a call for participants on the Session Seeking Participants page of the AJS website. The call for participants should state the issue to be explored in the seminar, and examples of questions that seminar papers may address. The seminar proposal should include a 350-word session abstract that describes the question or problem to be explored, as well as a brief, one-sentence description of the topic each participant will address. All seminar proposals must also include a chairperson. The seminar format is extremely popular and space is limited, so make sure to prepare a compelling and detailed proposal making the case for the importance of gathering the particular group of scholars to discuss the proposed topic. Seminar paper(s) must be available for posting on the AJS website by December 1, 2017.

Please note that by submitting a seminar proposal, the organizer and all participants agree to the following:

  1. Each participant will prepare a paper in advance (10 – 20 pages in length) and agrees for that paper to be posted on the AJS website in advance of the conference. The papers will be housed on a password-protected, members-only section of the website. IF AN AUTHOR IS NOT WILLING TO POST THEIR PAPER IN ADVANCE, THEY SHOULD NOT BE PART OF THE SEMINAR PROPOSAL.

  2. Each participant must commit to emailing their paper to the seminar organizer by Friday, November 17, 2017. The seminar organizer commits to posting all the seminar papers to a special AJS dropbox by Monday, November 20, 2017. These materials will be posted online, to be shared with the full AJS membership, by Wednesday, December 6, 2017. ANYONE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO UPHOLD THIS SCHEDULE SHOULD NOT SUBMIT A PROPOSAL. ANYONE WHOSE PAPER IS NOT SUBMITTED TO THE AJS BY NOVEMBER 20 WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE SESSION.

  3. All seminar participants are expected to read the papers of their fellow participants IN ADVANCE of the conference.

  4. The first 90-minutes of each seminar meeting will be dedicated to presentations and discussion among the seminar participants. In general, each presenter scheduled for the session should present a five-minute synopsis of their work, to be followed by either a respondent among the seminar participants or discussion among the seminar participants. THE LAST 15 MINUTES OF EACH SEMINAR MEETING SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO COMMENTS/QUESTIONS FROM THE GENERAL AUDIENCE (i.e., THOSE NOT PART OF THE SEMINAR, BUT ATTENDING THE SESSION). Seminar chairs will remind attendees of this structure at the beginning of each seminar session.

  5. Seminar organizers will ensure that physical copies of each abstract are on-hand in each meeting for distribution to non-participating attendees.

  6. Seminar organizers play a critical role in the success of their seminar. They are the seminar’s representative to the AJS office, and it is their responsibility to ensure the communication of information from the AJS staff to the seminar participants regarding deadlines, procedures, etc. Please take on this role only if you are willing to dedicate the time and attention necessary to ensure a successful and well-organized series of meetings.

Performance/Analysis: Artist/Scholar Collaboration (Submission Checklist)

AJS welcomes proposals of dramatic and musical performances, readings, and artistic presentations, to be followed by scholarly discussion with the performer/artist. Respondents must offer critical analysis of the artist’s work. The purpose of these sessions is to integrate the arts into the AJS conference daytime program, and build connections between performers and the scholars studying their work. The AJS will waive all registration and membership fee requirements for the performers/authors/artists. Scholars in dialogue with the artists will need to pay dues and registration fees, and follow the same procedure as for other session proposals. Session organizers should submit a roundtable proposal; the first part of the abstract should describe the performance, and include a brief bio of the artist(s). The second part of the abstract should detail the commentators, and the perspective they will bring to the discussion. We welcome musical or theatrical performances, poetry readings, and the like. The performance/reading should last no longer than 40 minutes, with the remainder of the time dedicated to discussion. Please note that the AJS can provide basic audio-visual equipment for these sessions (microphone, LCD projector, etc.) but cannot provide lighting, extra sound systems, or exhibit space.

Several travel grants restrict eligibility to those presenting papers in traditional panels and presentations in the digital humanities workshop. Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Panels (Submission Checklist)

Traditional panels may consist of either three 20-minute papers and a chair, OR three 20-minute papers, a chair, and a respondent. The chair is responsible for starting the panel on time, briefly introducing the panelists (no more than one minute each), keeping them to their allotted time, and moderating the Q and A. ENSURING EQUAL TIME FOR ALL PRESENTERS IS ESSENTIAL, AND CHAIRS MUST BE PREPARED TO END A PRESENTATION THAT WILL CLEARLY EXCEED THE ALLOTTED TIME BY SEVERAL MINUTES. The respondent provides no more than ten minutes of reflection on the papers. This leaves fifteen minutes for Q and A and conversation with the audience. All panel proposals must include a chairperson (who may also serve as respondent); paper presenters may not chair the session in which they are presenting.

AJS also welcomes "flipped" panels; these are panels in which the papers are posted online by December 1, 2017, and audience members read the papers in advance. Panelists' presentations at the conference focus on key questions or problems in their papers, and engaging in back-and-forth discussion with audience members and other panelists about their work. "Flipped" panel organizers should clearly state in their panel abstract that they are proposing this format.

All panel organizers must submit a 350-word session abstract that describes the overall questions and goals of the session, as well as abstracts for each paper in the session. The paper abstracts, written by the individual scholars but submitted by the session organizer, should explain the presentation’s purpose, methodology, sources, argument and specific contribution to scholarship in the field. Sample abstracts can be found on the AJS website and tips for writing abstracts here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Program Committee reserves the right to make adjustments to pre-arranged sessions (e.g., add or remove a paper, change the chair, discussant, or respondent) in response to program needs. The Committee will make every effort to notify the session organizer regarding such changes.

Several travel grants restrict eligibility to those presenting papers in traditional panels and presentations in the digital humanities workshop. Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Roundtables (Submission Checklist)

Roundtables are structured discussions revolving around pre-circulated questions; the session consists of three to five discussants and a moderator, who takes a more active role in the session than a traditional panel chair. The roundtable is not a forum for the presentation of short papers; discussants may not read papers and may prepare no more than 3-5 minute responses to the questions being discussed. The purpose of this format is discussion and interchange among a group of scholars about a debate, question, or issue in the field. Participants will speak to each other rather than from a podium. The moderator will pose the questions and control the time given to each discussant to respond. IN ORDER TO MAKE FOR AN INFORMED AND LIVELY DIALOGUE, MODERATORS SHOULD EMAIL QUESTIONS TO DISCUSSANTS AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE CONFERENCE, AND ASK DISCUSSANTS TO PREPARE SHORT RESPONSES FOR EACH. WHILE THE BEST ROUNDTABLES INCORPORATE SPONTANEITY AND UNEXPECTED EXCHANGES, THEY ALSO BENEFIT FROM ADVANCE PREPARATION AND REFLECTION.

Those submitting a roundtable proposal must submit a session abstract that describes the overall goals of the session; the questions (usually three or four) that the discussants will address; and the perspective that each discussant will represent (i.e., a two-three sentence description of each participant’s role, including that of the moderator). Sample abstracts can be found on the AJS website and tips for writing abstracts here. Roundtable proposals that do not adequately detail the session’s guiding questions, and each participant’s role/contribution, will not be accepted. All roundtable proposals must include a moderator.

Several travel grants restrict eligibility to those presenting papers in traditional panels and presentations in the digital humanities workshop. Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Lightning Sessions (Submission Checklist)

Lightning Sessions are an opportunity for five to seven scholars to present short presentations of their work (about five-to-ten minutes each in length). This format is ideal if a group wants to explore a range of perspectives on an issue, get a broad sense of the state of the field on a topic, or offer several different answers to a question or problem. Lightning session organizers must submit a 350-word session abstract that describes the overall questions and goals of the session, as well as 350-word abstracts for each paper in the session. The paper abstracts, written by the individual scholars but submitted by the session organizer, should explain the presentation's purpose, methodology, sources, argument, and specific contribution to scholarship in the field. Sample abstracts can be found on the AJS website and tips for writing abstracts here.

Graduate students also have the special opportunity to submit individual lightning session proposals (i.e., for one five-to-ten minute paper), to be grouped by the Program Committee into an interdisciplinary lightning session. Graduate students should submit a short abstract (150 word max.) describing their proposed presentation, and identifying the rubric in which it fits. Graduate students must also upload a CV as part of their proposal submission to the online submission site. Please note that lightning session proposals cannot be accepted from participants who are also submitting a proposal for a traditional session panel.

Several travel grants restrict eligibility to those presenting papers in traditional panels and presentations in the digital humanities workshop. Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities Workshop (Submission Checklist)

The Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities Workshop is a hands-on, interactive session in which individual scholars or teams of scholars can demonstrate their digital Jewish Studies projects and interact informally with conference attendees. Projects may include research and teaching tools, or born-digital scholarly works of particular interest to Jewish Studies professors and students. This workshop will take place during a regular conference time slot. Presenters will be provided with a monitor to display their work, and conference attendees will circulate from presentation to presentation. Proposals follow the same format as for other individual presentations, i.e.: a 350-word abstract describing the purpose of the presentation, its use of the digital medium, and its specific contribution to Jewish Studies scholarship, research, or pedagogy. Please note that only open-access and non-profit digital research projects and tools will be considered for the Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities Workshop. Click here for samples of past workshop presentations and here for a sample abstract.

Several travel grants restrict eligibility to those presenting papers in traditional panels and presentations in the digital humanities workshop. Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Meetings

A limited number of meetings or workshops grouped around a variety of purposes—for example, exploring issues in the field or discussing an ongoing project—are meant to provide a more informal setting for conversations. Such meetings, which usually take place during a breakfast or lunch, might feature a short opening presentation, followed by attendee discussion. Members may contact Conference Program Associate Ilana Abramovitch (iabramovitch@ajs.cjh.org) to discuss ideas for such gatherings.

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VI. 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)
Shelly Tenenbaum  (Clark University)
Krista Dalton (Columbia University), student representative
Pamela Nadell (American University), ex officio

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VII. 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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