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Call for Papers
 

AJS 48th Annual Conference
December 18-20, 2016 • San Diego, California
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

The deadline for submitting proposals for the AJS 48th Annual Conference has passed. Notifications will be sent out early August regarding the status of proposals.

 
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 48th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, to be held December 18-20, 2016 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California.

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 5, 2016. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the AJS website. This site will be available for submissions from March 15, 2016 through Thursday, May 5, 2016. 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 Hilton San Diego Bayfront 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 San Diego.

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-minutes 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: Theorizing Jewish Difference)
  • We are thrilled that 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: Theorizing Jewish Difference

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

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70
  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 Chair: Jason Kalman (HUC-JIR)
jkalman@huc.edu

2. Rabbinic Literature and Culture

This year we ask that proposals emphasize new approaches to rabbinic literature and culture. Are there new methodologies that promise to take the field in entirely new directions? Have new discoveries been made that destabilize conventional wisdom? Session or paper proposals push the boundaries of the field or seek to change it will be given greatest consideration.

Suggested Formats:

  1. Graduate Student Lightning Sessions: we encourage graduate students to submit proposals for lightning sessions.

  2. We highly encourage alternative formats including roundtables, seminars, flipped panels, and panels devoted to new research methods.

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Reconstructing Disciplinary Boundaries: Is the way our field is differentiated from others productive or stifling (including the way we differentiate it from the “History of Ancient Judaism,” “Other Literatures of Late Antiquity,” or “Geonic and Medieval Rabbinic literature”)? In what ways is classical rabbinic literature understood to be constitutive of "Judaism" or (overly) influential in the larger field of Jewish Studies?

  2. Rabbinic Mythology / Myth-Making: Rabbinic midrash and aggadah (as well as other literature) is often engaged in the process of mythmaking, from the level of the individual rabbinic sage to the very form and substance of the cosmos. In what ways do the rabbis create their own mythologies? How do they reflect or adapt the mythological narratives around them?

  3. The Non-Human: What do rabbinic texts teach us about approaches to the universe beyond humanity? Subjects may include: inanimate objects, the natural world, cosmic forces, the environment, and animals.

Division Co-chairs:

Chaya Halberstam (King's University College at the University of Western Ontario)
chaya.halberstam@uwo.ca

Marjorie Lehman (Jewish Theological Seminary)
malehman@jtsa.edu

3. Yiddish Studies

Yiddish literature and its history

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Contemporary Yiddish cultural expression
  2. Yiddish and youth culture
  3. Yiddish and the natural world

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

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Literary representations of Jews and Jewishness in Less Commonly Taught Languages
  2. Book history approaches to modern Jewish literature
  3. Texts and authors on the margins of modern Jewish literature
  4. Reconsiderations of critical categories and paradigms

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

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Multilingual Hebrew (seminar)
  2. Israeli-Arab conflict in literature (focus should be on pedagogy)
  3. Ronit Matalon
  4. Hebrew "life writing": autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters

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

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Philosophy as Heresy?
  2. Science and the Occult in Medieval Jewish Thought
  3. Maimonides and the Maimonidean tradition
  4. Jewish philosophy or theology in the Middle Ages?
  5. Gender in Jewish Philosophy

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.

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. New approaches to Sefer ha-Bahir
  2. Gender in Hasidic literature
  3. Jewish mysticism and Religious Studies.  How do methodologies current in Religious Studies impact the study of Jewish mysticism?
  4. Jewish mysticism and eschatology

Division Chair: Jonathan Dauber (Yeshiva University)
dauber@yu.edu

8. Modern Jewish Thought and Theology

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

All topics are welcome, but we especially invite papers on the following themes.

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Genre: modern Jewish thought beyond philosophical and theological texts.  We invite papers/panels that interrogate "thought" in literature and the arts, culture, ritual, commentary, and other genres, as well as papers that theorize the possibilities and challenges of moving beyond the types of texts that have traditionally grounded "modern Jewish thought."

  2. Affectivity and embodiment: We invite consideration of the body and the non-cognitive/non-rational for Jewish thought. This theme may include (but is not limited to) panels that (re)consider Michael Wyschogrod's contribution to these issues in modern/contemporary Jewish thought.

  3. Theology: This theme continues from previous years.

  4. Pedagogical panels are invited as well.

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 2016 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. New Technologies for Imaging and Imagining Jewish Antiquity.  Papers might range from new ways to reconstruct and investigate historical sites and artifacts (including texts) to new ways that we organize our data and make it available. How have new technologies changed our understanding of Jewish history in antiquity, and what are the prospects for the future?

  2. Jews in the (Ancient) City. What was the significance of urbanization for the history of the Jews in antiquity?  This theme might focus upon the Greco-Roman and Persian urban environments, broadly conceived, and the ways that Jews negotiated urban space.

  3. "Sensing" Judaism in the Ancient World.  This theme may bring together scholars across our very long period who focus upon the senses as experienced by Jews of various sorts and in a wide range of literary genres.

  4. 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.

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

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Mobility, travel, diaspora
  2. Relations between Jews and non-Jews
  3. Material culture
  4. Gender, sexuality, history of women

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.

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Bridging the Sephardi/Mizrahi Divide
  2. Spiritual life

Division Co-chairs:

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

Jonathan Ray (Georgetown University)
jsr46@georgetown.edu

To contact other scholars working on Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies, please see the website of the AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus: http://www.sephardimizrahistudies.org/

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.

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Historical Interactions between Right and Left in Jewish Politics
  2. Israel and Palestine within modern Jewish History
  3. Jewish Universalism: Useful Heuristic or Political Fiction?
  4. Sonic Turn(s) in Modern Jewish History

Division Co-chairs:

James Loeffler (University of Virginia)
james.loeffler@virginia.edu

Kenneth Moss (The Johns Hopkins University)
kmoss@jhu.edu

13. Modern Jewish History in the Americas

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

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Families and children
  2. The secular and the sacred
  3. Jews on the margins

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

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Expanding the Canon of the Israel Studies Classroom
  2. Music and Multiculturalism
  3. Social and Political Responses to non-Jewish Refugees & Immigrants
  4. The Arts of Political Satire in Israeli Culture (music, television, film, cartoons and other visual arts)

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

15. Holocaust Studies

This year the Holocaust Studies division encourages topics that examine new sources for research on Jewish responses to persecution during the Holocaust, as well as topics which study the continuing impact of the Holocaust on Jewish life in the aftermath of World War II. Topics which seek to integrate the study of the Holocaust into the broader spectrum of modern Jewish history by focusing on the continuities and discontinuities of Jewish life and culture before, during, and after the Holocaust are especially encouraged.

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. New research on life and death in the camps, ghettos, forests, in flight, and in hiding
  2. Unity and division within the Jewish world before, during, and after WWII
  3. Jewish life in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust
  4. Representations of the Holocaust in contemporary culture, including literature, film, and the arts
  5. Memory of the Holocaust
  6. "Remembering the Holocaust" in the Pew Study Portrait of Jewish Americans

Division Chair: Avinoam Patt (University of Hartford)
patt@hartford.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

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Judaism, Jewish identity, Jewish engagement, Jewish connection over the life course

  2. Comparative studies: Jews and African Americans, Jews and Latinos, Jews and Asian-Americans, Jews and non-Hispanic whites

  3. Ethical issues in Jewish social research such as: What moral principles or larger concerns guide your research? / Do ethical issues influence your selection of a research problem? / What ethical issues or dilemmas might come into play in deciding what research findings to publish?

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

Division Chair: Norman Stillman (University of Oklahoma)
nstillman@ou.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.

2016 Suggested Themes:

  1. Interdisciplinary analyses of "The Jewish House"
  2. The Jewish Museum as a "third space"
  3. Cross cultural analyses of Jewish performance art and installations
  4. Non-liberal ritual/liturgical innovation

Division Co-chairs:

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

Vanessa Ochs (University of Virginia)
vlo4n@virginia.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.

Division Co-chairs:

Lori Lefkovitz (Northeastern University)
L.Lefkovitz@neu.edu

David Shneer (University of Colorado Boulder)
david.shneer@colorado.edu

21. Wild Card Division: Theorizing Jewish Difference

Focusing on Jewish difference as an analytic category, this Wild Card Division explores theoretical approaches to Jewishness and considers how Jewish difference and Jewish coherence have been and continue to be constructed, maintained, or, in some cases, subverted across a variety of cultural domains, periods, and geographical settings.

The Theorizing Jewish Difference Division welcomes proposals for sessions and papers devoted to discussing how the field of Jewish Studies might develop a more sophisticated theoretical understanding of Jewishness. Contributions might reflect on how the Jewish/non-Jewish binary (or spectrum) comes into existence and is sustained by processes in which language, meaning, social, and cultural practices, as well as what we perceive to be physical, bodily realities, form mutually constitutive grammars of differentiation across time and place.

Division Co-chairs:

Benjamin M. Baader (University of Manitoba)
Benjamin.Baader@umanitoba.ca

Beth A. Berkowitz (Barnard College)
bberkowi@barnard.edu

Lisa Silverman (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
silverld@uwm.edu

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V. Session Formats

Seminars (Submission Checklist)

The seminar format brings together eight to twelve scholars for two to three meetings over the course of the conference. 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 San Diego. Only AJS members will have access to the papers through our password protected site, and papers will be taken down immediately after the conference. Seminars will have the option to meet two or three times over the course of the conference; each 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, 2016.

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, S/HE SHOULD NOT BE PART OF THE SEMINAR PROPOSAL.
  2. Each participant must commit to emailing their paper to the seminar organizer by Friday, November 18, 2016. The seminar organizer commits to posting all the seminar papers to a special AJS dropbox by Monday, November 21, 2016. These materials will be posted online, to be shared with the full AJS membership, by Wednesday, December 7, 2016. ANYONE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO UPHOLD THIS SCHEDULE SHOULD NOT SUBMIT A PROPOSAL. ANYONE WHOSE PAPER IS NOT SUBMITTED TO THE AJS BY NOVEMBER 21 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 (E.G., 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 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 five minutes), keeping them to their allotted time, and moderating the Q and A. 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, 2016 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 and here.

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 RESULT FROM PREPARATION AND CONTEMPLATION IN ADVANCE.

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 and 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 and 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 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
Sarah Benor (HUC-JIR)
Mathew Goldish (Ohio State University)
Alyssa Gray (HUC-JIR)
Ken Koltun-Fromm (Haverford College)
Laurence Roth (Susquehanna University)
Sonia Beth Gollance (University of Pennsylvania), student representative
Pamela Nadell (American University), ex officio
Rona Sheramy (AJS), ex officio

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VII. Important Dates and Deadlines

March 15, 2016:

Proposal submission site available

May 5, 2016:

Deadline for submission of conference proposals

August 2016:

E-mail notification of conference proposal status

September 2016: Conference schedule posted online

November 15, 2016:

Deadline for meal requests and pre-conference registration

November 15, 2016:

Deadline for securing hotel room at the San Diego Bayfront Hotel at reduced conference rate

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