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[Conference CFP] THE 32nd Annual MJSA Conference

Hosted by

The Midwest Jewish Studies Association

In the Virtual World

Call for Papers

The thirty-second annual conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) will be held October 18-21, 2020 in a webinar format. We will NOT be hosting an all-day webinar, rather we will have one-hour panels with no more than three per day.

The conference welcomes proposals in all areas of Jewish Studies: from any discipline (history, philosophy, literature, religion, sociology, music, etc.) and from any time period (ancient to contemporary).

All interested scholars and professionals of Jewish Studies, including advanced graduate students, are cordially invited to submit proposals for papers, presentations, and workshops. Proposals may be for complete panels or for individual papers. Proposals must include a 200-word abstract defining the primary themes, conclusions, and sources utilized in the research, as well as a one page CV. Panel proposals must include abstracts for 3 to 4 papers, CVs for all participants, a general explanation of how the papers are related and what the general significance of the panel is, as well as the name of the chair of the proposed session. Only one submission per participant, please. Individuals willing to chair a session are invited to submit a CV, with an indication of areas of expertise.

All graduate students are eligible to compete for the Graduate Student Paper Award. Only publishable papers, some portion of which will be presented at the conference, are welcome. The winning paper will be recognized on our website and the winner awarded a check. Once the paper has been accepted to the conference, it needs to be submitted by September 15, 2020 to Professor Paul Bartrop ( for judging by the committee.

The deadline for the submission of proposals for individual papers or complete panels is July 30, 2020. Please direct all inquiries and submissions to: Dr. Mara W. Cohen Ioannides (

MJSA Member Institutions

Case Western Reserve University • Kent State University

Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership