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Registration, Hotel, Meal, and Other Information

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

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

I. Conference Registration Fees

Advance conference registration fees available through November 15, 2016:

Professional Member Rate: $155.00
Student Member Rate: $75.00
Non-Member Rate: $220.00
Underemployed, Unemployed, and Retired Member Rate: $100.00   This rate requires pre-approval. Please submit this form no later than November 15, 2016.

After November 15, all registrations will be onsite in San Diego at the following rates:

Onsite Professional Member Rate: $180.00
Onsite Student Member Rate: $85.00
Onsite Non-Member Rate: $250.00

Please note:

  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after October 31, 2016 (September 16, 2016 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 Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located at 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, California 92101, has extended the AJS a rate of $135 per room, single and double occupancy, not including taxes, with a limited number of rooms for students at $119. The deadline to make reservations at the special AJS rate is November 15, 2016. Reservations can be made by calling the Hilton reservations line at 1-800-HILTONS; 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 hiltonsandiegobayfront.com 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.

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 Hilton San Diego Bayfront under the supervision of Rabbi Jeff Wohlgelernter and the Vaad Harabonim of San Diego. Meal reservations must be made by November 15, 2016

 

Sunday, December 18th Breakfast

$17.00

 

Sunday, December 18th Lunch

$28.00

 

Sunday, December 18th Gala Banquet

$25.00 ($15.00 for students)

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 19th Breakfast

$17.00

 

Monday, December 19th Lunch

$28.00

 

Monday, December 19th Dinner

$48.00

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 20th Breakfast

$17.00

 

Tuesday, December 20th Lunch

$28.00

 

 

 

 

All meals

$205.00

     
  Women's Caucus Breakfast (12/19) $17.00
  Sephardi/Mizrachi Caucus Lunch (12/19) $28.00
 
 


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IV. Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch

The Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch will take place December 19, 2016 The cost is $28.00. Paid reservations must be made online by November 15, 2016 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)
julia.p.cohen@vanderbilt.edu

Jonathan Ray (Georgetown University)
jsr46@georgetown.edu

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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 19, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The deadline for pre-registration for the breakfast is November 15, 2016. There will be a limited number of late breakfast registrations available on the Monday of the breakfast as well. 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: Katja Vehlow [address to come].

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VI. Childcare

AJS has contracted KiddieCorp Convention Childcare to offer onsite childcare at the annual meeting at a highly subsidized hourly rate. We are grateful to an anonymous donor, the Journal of Jewish Identities, and numerous AJS members for making the childcare program possible. To register and for more details, please click here.

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VII. Travel Grants and Awards

Since 2009, the AJS has awarded more than $150,000 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 Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

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 2015 must wait until 2017 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 iabramovitch@ajs.cjh.org. 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. Center for Jewish History Travel Grants. The Center for Jewish History is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants for scholars presenting work based upon research conducted at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. 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 untenured faculty, independent scholars without full-time employment, and graduate students who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel. Funded by the Center for Jewish History, a partnership of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

2. Jewish Music Forum Travel Grants. The Jewish Music Forum, a project of the American Society for Jewish Music, is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants to scholars presenting traditional 15 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations on Jewish music. Preference will be given to graduate students and untenured scholars who receive little to no institutional travel support.

3. Knapp Family Foundation Travel Grants for Untenured Faculty and Independent Scholars. The Knapp Family Foundation is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants for untenured faculty and independent scholars without full-time employment. 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 adjunct faculty and those who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel.

4. Knapp Family Foundation Graduate Student Travel Grants. The Knapp Family Foundation is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants for graduate students presenting traditional 15 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations at the conference. Lightning session presenters may also apply, but priority will be given to the aforementioned category of applicants. Priority will also go to graduate students receiving little to no institutional support for conference travel.

5. Maurice Amado Foundation Travel Grants. The Maurice Amado Foundation is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants to scholars presenting research on Sephardic studies at the AJS Conference. Only scholars who have been accepted to present traditional 15 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations and who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel are eligible to apply. Priority will go to untenured faculty, independent scholars without full-time employment, and graduate students.

6. 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.

7. 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 2009). 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.

8. 1939 Society Travel Grants in Holocaust Studies. The 1939 Society is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants to scholars presenting research on Holocaust studies at the AJS Conference. Only scholars who have been accepted to present traditional 15 – 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations and who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel are eligible to apply. Priority will go to untenured faculty, independent scholars without full-time employment, and graduate students.

9. YIVO Institute Travel Grants in Eastern European Studies. The YIVO Institute is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants to scholars presenting research on Eastern European Jewish studies at the AJS Conference. Only scholars who have been accepted to present traditional 15 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations and who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel are eligible to apply. Priority will go to untenured faculty, independent scholars without full-time employment, and graduate students.

B. Other Travel Grant Opportunities

1. 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 website: www.brandeis.edu/hbi/grants/katchen.htm 
Deadline: November 17, 2016

2. 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 2016 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 October 30th, 2016 to ajswomenscaucus@gmail.com. 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.

3. ASSJ Graduate Student Travel Grants in the Social Sciences. The Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ) is pleased to announce a travel grant for doctoral students in the social sciences (broadly defined). The awards will be given to students whose papers have been accepted for presentation at the Association for Jewish Studies annual meeting in San Diego in December 2016. At least two awards of $500 each will be made. The grants are intended to recognize promising doctoral students working in the social scientific study of Jewry. Students presenting papers or in "lightning" sessions may apply, but preference will be given to papers.

To apply, please send the following information to Prof. Matthew Boxer at mboxer@brandeis.edu by September 30, 2016:

  1. CV
  2. Paper abstract
  3. Department/program and university in which you are enrolled
  4. Degree being pursued
  5. Academic advisor's name

Awardees will be announced by October 27, 2016, and will be recognized at the ASSJ reception that honors the winner of the Marshall Sklare Award on Sunday evening of the conference. The winners will be expected to join or renew their membership in the ASSJ for 2017 at the student rate ($25; to join, go to http://www.contemporaryjewry.org/index.php/join/join-renew).

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