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Registration, Hotel, Meal, and Other Information

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

Conference Registration Fees
Hotel Accommodations
Meal Reservations
Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch
AJS Women's Caucus Breakfast
Travel Grants

I. Conference Registration Fees

Advance conference registration fees available through November 15, 2017:

Professional Member Rate: $165.00
Student Member Rate: $75.00
Non-Member Rate: $230.00
Underemployed, Unemployed, and Retired Member Rate: $100.00   This rate requires pre-approval. Please submit this form no later than November 15, 2017.

After November 15, all registrations will be onsite in Washington, DC at the following rates:

Onsite Professional Member Rate: $190.00
Onsite Student Member Rate: $85.00
Onsite Non-Member Rate: $260.00
Underemployed, Unemployed, and Retired Member Rate: $110.00

Please note:

  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after November 13, 2017 (September 13, 2017 for session participants). All refunds will be charged a $20.00 processing fee ($10.00 for students), with the exception of refunds requested by those whose papers were not accepted.
  • Conference badges must be worn for admission to all conference sessions and the book exhibit.

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II. Hotel Accommodations

The AJS is pleased to announce that the Marriott Marquis Washington DC, located at 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20001, has extended the AJS a rate of $139 per room, single and double occupancy, not including taxes, with a limited number of rooms for students at $129. The deadline to make reservations at the special AJS rate is December 1, 2017. Reservations can be made by clicking here or calling 855.821.4281; it is very important for your reservation to be included in the AJS room block, so please make sure to ask for the Association for Jewish Studies rate.

AJS does not work with any third parties or housing bureaus for convention housing so beware of anyone contacting you and claiming to represent AJS.

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III. Meal Reservations

Kosher meals will be prepared by the Marriott Marquis Washington DC under the supervision of Greater Washington Rabbinical Council. Meal reservations must be made by November 15, 2017.


Sunday, December 17th Breakfast



Sunday, December 17th Lunch



Sunday, December 17th Gala Banquet

$25.00 ($15.00 for students)





Monday, December 18th Breakfast



Monday, December 18th Lunch



Monday, December 18th Dinner






Tuesday, December 19st Breakfast



Tuesday, December 19st Lunch






All meals


  Women's Caucus Breakfast (12/18) $25.00
  Sephardi/Mizrachi Caucus Lunch (12/18) $37.00



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IV. Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch

The Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch will take place December 18, 2017. Reservation information will be posted in late February. The annual meeting of the AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus will take place immediately following the lunch and is open to all conference attendees. For further information, please contact:

Julia Cohen (Vanderbilt University)

Jonathan Ray (Georgetown University)

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V. AJS Women’s Caucus Breakfast

The AJS Women’s Caucus Breakfast, open to members of the AJS Women’s Caucus, will be held Monday, December 18, 2017. Reservation information will be posted in late February.

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VI. Travel Grants and Awards

Since 2009, the AJS has awarded more than $165,000 in travel grant funding to its members. The AJS remains committed to supporting wide participation in the conference. In particular, the AJS seeks to support untenured faculty, graduate students, independent scholars without full-time employment, and international scholars who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel. All those interested in applying for a Travel Grant listed in section A should submit the Travel Grant Application Form by Thursday, August 31, 2017. The application form and additional information will be forthcoming in July.

Except if otherwise noted below, only those who are presenting a traditional 15 – 20 minute panel paper or a digital humanities workshop presentation are eligible to apply. Also, anyone who received an AJS travel grant in 2016 must wait until 2018 to apply for another grant. Please also note specific eligibility requirements for each travel grant program. Awards will be announced by early October.

Questions? Contact Ilana Abramovitch, Conference Program Associate, at If you wish to contribute to the AJS Conference Travel Grant Fund, please click here.

A. Travel Grants for Faculty, Graduate Students, and Independent Scholars, Administered by AJS

1. Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture Travel Grants for Polish and Eastern European Scholars. Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants for Eastern European graduate students and professors presenting research at the AJS Conference. Priority will go to those presenting traditional 15 – 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations and who receive little to no support for conference travel.

2. Travel Grants for European Scholars. AJS is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants for European graduate students and early career scholars (those who received their PhD no earlier than 2011). Only scholars who have been accepted to present traditional 15 – 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations are eligible to apply. Priority will go to those who are members of the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS), are presenting at the AJS Conference for the first time, and who receive little to no institutional or external support for conference travel.

B. Other Travel Grant Opportunities

1.AJS Women's Caucus Travel Grant. The AJS Women's Caucus awards travel grants to graduate students and independent scholars whose papers contribute to the study of women, feminism, and gender in Jewish studies and have been accepted for presentation at the 2017 conference. Graduate students in all areas of Jewish studies who have not previously received a Women's Caucus Travel Grant are encouraged to apply. The travel grants can be applied towards any conference-related costs (hotel, conference registration, childcare costs, etc.). The application consists of: the AJS abstract/paper proposal; a paragraph explicitly stating how the paper broadens the current understanding of Jews and gender; a copy of the email of acceptance from the AJS; a CV; and a proposed budget that includes other potential sources of financial support.

Application documents should be electronically submitted as email attachments by September 15th, 2017 to The Travel Grant Committee will notify applicants prior to the conference. Winners will also be announced at the Women's Caucus Breakfast and should therefore plan to attend.

2. Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant sponsored by the HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute). The Rosalie Katchen Travel Award is available to junior scholars presenting papers at the AJS annual meeting which deal with Jewish women and gender issues. Scholars who completed their dissertation within the past five years are invited to apply. Four travel grants of up to $250 each are awarded each year. Grants are paid to awardees following the AJS meeting. Grant guidelines are available on the HBI
Deadline: November 16, 2017

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