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Registration, Hotel, and Meal Information

AJS 45th Annual Conference
December 15-17, 2013 • Boston, Massachusetts
Sheraton Boston

Conference Registration Fees
Hotel Accommodations
Meal Reservations
Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch
AJS Women's Caucus Breakfast
Navigating Social Media

I. Conference Registration Fees

Advance registration has closed.

Registration will be available on-site in Boston (cash or check only).
On-site registration fees:

Professional Members: $155
Student Members: $75
Non-members: $200

Please note:

  • Joint members must register separately if each member wishes to attend conference sessions and visit the book exhibit.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after October 31, 2013 (September 15, 2013 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 Sheraton Boston, located at 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199 has extended the AJS a rate of $129.00 per room, single and double occupancy, not including taxes, with a limited number of rooms for students at $119.00. Reservations can be made by calling the Sheraton reservations line at 1-888-627-7054 or 1-617-236-2000; 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.

To make reservations online, please click here for the AJS rate. Students only: please click here for the student room rate. Please do not use the regular website or other hotel booking sites to make your reservation; the only way to access the special AJS reduced rate is through our group's special reservations links.

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III. Meal Reservations

Kosher meals will be catered by Catering by Andrew, under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Massachusetts.

  Meal reservations are no longer being accepted.  

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IV. Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch
The Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch will take place Monday, December 16, 2013.  The cost is $35.00.  Paid reservations must be made online by November 15, 2013. 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 Professor Marcy Brink-Danan ( or Professor Adriana M. Brodsky (

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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 16, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  The deadline for pre-registration for the Breakfast is November 15, 2013.  You may make a breakfast reservation and renew your Women's Caucus membership online. If you prefer, you may also renew your Women's Caucus membership by mailing the Women’s Caucus Membership Form and membership dues ($20.00 faculty, $10.00 student) to: Shira Kohn, The Graduate School - Brush 513, The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.

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VI. Navigating Social Media at the 45 Annual AJS Conference:
The Do’s and Don'ts of Live-Tweeting and Updating Social Media at an Academic Conference

AJS recommends that conference participants take the following steps when commenting on conference panels/roundtables on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. With thanks to the American Historical Association and the Modern Language Association for sharing many of the guidelines below on their respective websites.


  • Ask permission. Before the panel begins ask panelists whether they agree to be featured on social media streams.
  • Remember that Twitter Is “Real Life”: Tweets feel very real when someone is talking about you, directly or indirectly. Maintain decorum, professionalism, and civility on Twitter.
  • Clearly identify speakers: All tweets/posts should clearly identify the speaker quoted in each tweet.
  • Collect Twitter handles. Before the presentation, ask panelists for a Twitter handle. If they have one, be sure to reference the scholar so they can to track the conversation and even contribute.
  • Listen carefully. If you plan to live-tweet a scholar's presentation, make sure to quote his or her words correctly.
  • Use #hashtags. If you plan to live-tweet or post on Facebook, create and promote an accompanying hashtag specific to that session (or use the panelists' preferred hashtag, if they've provided one).
  • Link to the paper/session or any related digital content. If the panelist has made the work they are presenting or other related digital content available online, post a link to that material.


  • Insult a panelist or participant. Twitter and Facebook are distinct and important forms of academic discussion. Postings on social media should follow the same code of conduct that governs all personal and professional interactions.
  • Engage in personal attacks. Do not comment on the physical appearance of the speaker.
  • Indulge in snark: Ask yourself before Tweeting or posting on Facebook: Is this something I would say in a department meeting?
  • Manipulate the record. One of the many invaluable aspects of Twitter is its ability to document and archive discussions. Those who use social media must be fair and balanced in how they cover a panel and portray a panelist's argument, regardless of how they feel about the argument.

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