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Session/Participation Requirements

    You may not chair or moderate a session in which you are a presenter or a discussant.

    All-student panels are not allowed nor are sessions with undergraduate students.

    Graduate students organizing sessions must invite at least one senior scholar—a tenured professor, an independent scholar with equivalent accomplishments in the field, or an academic professional, e.g., curator, archivist, librarian—to participate, either as a presenter, discussant, or respondent. Senior scholars may not sit on a panel with more than two of their current or recent students.

    Paper and session proposals that will not be considered for presentation include: papers that have been published or presented in whole or in part elsewhere and sessions that summarize the proceedings of another conference.

    Sessions may not be organized around recently published books, although they may be structured around arguments and/or methods found in recent scholarly publications. Members interested in promoting their books published in 2024 are encouraged to participate in AJS Honors Its Authors, a special opportunity to celebrate AJS members' publications.

    You are welcome to submit up to two different proposals for any session roles as long as they are not both papers submitted for consideration for a panel, both papers submitted for consideration for a lightning session, two individual papers, or one individual paper and one panel/lightning round submission.

    Proposals may not be organized as “memorial sessions,” or sessions dedicated to the memory of a scholar. However, sessions may be organized around any scholar’s academic works and the scholar’s contribution to the academy. Any such submission will be subject to the same criteria as other submissions for evaluation.

    All submissions must be in English.

    Please consult the relevant Proposal Submission Checklist to ensure your proposal is complete.

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Diversity and Inclusiveness

Diversity and inclusiveness are core AJS values. Diversity encourages innovation and creativity, and strengthens the community by harnessing a variety of skills, perspectives, talents, and resources to meet new challenges. We ask that session organizers keep these values in mind as they develop proposals so that our conference will reflect the diversity in our membership. Click through for more resources on gender diversity. Specifically, submissions must demonstrate:

In particular, we expect panel submissions to demonstrate:

    Gender diversity

    Institutional diversity (no more than 2 participants from the same institution)

    A mix of professional roles (graduate students, junior and senior scholars, adjunct faculty, and other professionals working in areas connected to Jewish studies)

Sessions that do not reflect the AJS’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness risk being rejected for not meeting these expectations.

To help inform evaluation decisions, and in reflection of the AJS core values of diversity and inclusion, the submission form has a prompt that provides an optional space for individual submitters and session organizers to indicate any underrepresented identities that submitters would like shared with the reviewers.

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