Diversity and inclusiveness are core AJS values. We are committed to eliminating barriers to full participation based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, and ability. 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 assemble session participants so that our conference will reflect the diversity in our membership. To help achieve this goal, we have assembled resources for creating successful and diverse conference panels.
In particular, we expect panel submissions to demonstrate:
• 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 AJS’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness will be at a significant disadvantage in the review process and sessions and risk being automatically rejected by division chairs or the program committee for not meeting these expectations.
• You may not chair a session in which you are presenting a paper.
• All-student panels, other than graduate student lightning sessions, are not allowed.
• Graduate students organizing sessions must invite at least one senior scholar—defined as 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 paper presenter, discussant, or respondent. Please be aware, though, that 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 2018 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 proposals for any session roles as long as they are not both papers submitted for consideration as part of "panel", "flipped panel", or "lighting round" sessions. (Note, the session organizer role does not "count" toward the two proposal limit.)
• New for 2018: Graduate students are not required to submit CVs with their proposals.
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