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ACJS Conference 2018

ACJS Conference 2018
Montreal, 13-15 May
Canada, Performance and Jewishness
Call for Papers
From King David’s lyre to the annual children’s Purim play at the local synagogue, performance has been an integral part of the Jewish experience since time immemorial. With that in mind, for its 41st annual conference, the Association of Canadian Jewish Studies is pleased to announce its topic,CanadaPerformance and Jewishness. We encourage a very open interpretation of the topic, ranging from music and theater to ritual and writing. We also welcome papers on any other topics relating to the Canadian Jewish experience. The conference will take place in Montreal from May 13-15, with events at the McCord Museum, Concordia University, and McGill University. The conference will provide a platform for fascinating and original research on Canadian Jewish culture, life, and history.
Individuals are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations, 20 minutes in length. All submissions must include: (1) a double-spaced, 400-word abstract formulated to clearly and concisely state the main argument of the scholarly paper and indicate how it will contribute to existing scholarship in the field of Canadian Jewish Studies, and (2) a short bibliography of relevant sources.
Please submit your proposal by email, as a .doc or .rtf attachment, to the ACJS co-Chair, Jesse Toufexis ( Because proposals undergo blind review, please do not include any personal, identifiable information in your proposal attachment. Instead, please indicate your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address in the body of the email
Paper proposals are due on January 8th, 2018. After an anonymous peer-review process, presenters will be contacted by February 13th.
All presenters must be paid members of the ACJS for the year of the conference, 2018, at the time that proposals are submitted. Membership information for the ACJS can be found on our website: Please attach the receipt from your 2018 membership to your proposal.
Partial financial support to defray travel and accommodation costs is available for presenters who are underwaged and live more than 100km from Montreal. In all cases, because the ACJS support funds are limited, all applicants for financial support are expected to apply first to any host institutions for travel and accommodation support. Applications for financial support, which will be sent to eligible presenters along with the notice of acceptance of their paper proposal, will be due on March 5th, with results communicated by March 26th.
The best student paper presented at the conference will be given the Marcia Koven Award, which is accompanied by a cash prize. The award is granted based on the scholarly quality of the paper and its contribution to the field of Canadian Jewish Studies.