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Call for Papers

Welcome to the 50th Annual AJS Conference Call for Papers!

Dear Colleagues,

As Vice President for Program, I am delighted to issue the Call for Papers for the 50th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish studies to be held December 16-18, 2018 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, MA. The sessions you propose are the heart of the conference and we appreciate the investment that members make in making the annual conference such a stimulating and engaging gathering.

We have updated our submission related web pages to try and make this process as simple and clear as possible. This Call for Papers Web Portal contains detailed information about types of sessions, submission process, and subject area divisions. Please see the three-step guide below to start your submission process. The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, May 3 at 5:00 PM EST.

Before you start the process, please renew your membership for 2018-2019. We require that all participants renew their AJS Membership for 2018-2019 in order to submit a proposal. As members of AJS, you receive many benefits, including the opportunity to participate in our yearly conference.

As you will see, the AJS conference offers many ways to highlight cutting edge scholarship, promote scholarly collaboration, network with diverse colleagues, and mentor future scholars. We have over twenty different divisions that reflect the diversity of our scholarship. In addition, as part of our 50th year celebration, a special anniversary division called “50 and Forward” will replace the wildcard division. Please consider organizing a session that reflects on the evolution and structure of our professional organization and its place within the fields that constitute it. Finally, as part of a new process for the creation of new divisions, we have decided to include “Jewish Politics” as a pilot division for this year’s conference.

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 will be happy to respond to any questions regarding membership, payment, and other organizational matters.

Best wishes,

Dr. Noam Pianko
VP for Program

The Submission Process

1) Decide on your Session Type

a) Review this Call for Papers, which has information about AJS divisions and current division themes. (If you have any questions, feel free to contact a division chair)

b) Review the AJS session types and requirements, and determine the session type and subject area division that best suits your interests

c) Coordinate with chairs/co-panelists for pre-formed panel submissions (feel free to contact division chairs or reach out via the Sessions Seeking Submissions forum if you have any questions or would like to try and identify potential co-panelists)

d) Review our diversity and submission guidelines to ensure that your participation and proposal meet AJS conference requirements

2) Prepare Submission Materials

a) Develop individual paper/presentation abstract(s) based on submission requirements

b) If applying for a pre-formed panel, review AJS diversity guidelines to ensure that your panel meets diversity expectations

c) Have Questions? Find answers at our Submission Preparation FAQ

d) Review Membership and Conference Costs FAQ

3) Submit Your Materials by Thursday May 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST

a) You will need to be a AJS member for 2018-2019 to complete the submission process. If you are not  yet a member, please join via the MyAJS Portal

b) Follow “Submit A Proposal” link in your MyAJS Portal to start submission process.

c) Questions? Confused? Contact the AJS office.

d) Sit back and relax while the program committee and division chairs carefully review, evaluate and rank the submissions we receive.

The Program Committee will let you know no later than mid-August if your submission will be included in the conference program. We hope to include a many papers as possible, but please do keep in mind that we expect to receive about 1000 submissions and, unfortunately, we are limited by space and time as to how many submissions we can accept. We anticipate that we will only be able to accept about 70% of the submissions we receive.