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AJS Perspectives

Call for Submissions

Reel Stories: Documenting the Jewish Experience on Film

Editors: Laura Limonic & Federica Schoeman
Art Editor: Douglas Rosenberg
Roundtable Editor: Jason Schulman
"Teaching with Film and Media" Editor: Olga Gershenson

Deadline for pitches January 27, 2023

The editors of AJS Perspectives are soliciting submissions for the Spring 2023 issue devoted to films (documentaries, motion pictures, experimental film and video, screendance and screen performance, and home videos). The film issue will explore the way in which Jewish and/or non-Jewish filmmakers have used their medium to reconstruct Jewish memory or to explore specific topics of the historical, sociological, personal and communal Jewish experience. This, of course, includes a critical examination of what is still missing from the filmography and the pedagogical, archival, scholarly, artistic value of what has been included in the past one hundred years or so.

We welcome interdisciplinary and comparative studies. Authors can be as original as they wish in choosing the angle of their creative or scholarly essay. Some themes worth considering include but are far from limited to: 1) Holocaust documentary movies; 2) Holocaust documentaries and pedagogy; 3) The documentary film genre through a gender lens; 4) Jews in cinema/Jews and cinema; 5) Israel, Europe and the Americas: a comparative perspective; 6) Home videos, and the new media for Jewish remembrance.

We particularly encourage creative, narrative, or other non-standard academic forms of writing, including submissions of annotated texts, first-person reflections, immersive non-fiction, teaching case studies, photo essays, mixed media submissions, infographics, art, etc.

Completed essays should be approximately 1,000 words.

We invite pitches/abstracts of up to 250 words.

We aim to promote a diversity of voices including career stage, geographical location, gender, religion, race, sexuality, and ability. As such, you are invited to include relevant aspects of whatever subjectivity or positionality may inform your writing.

Note that prospective authors will also be required to submit a writing sample (or a sample introductory paragraph) showing facility with writing in a clear and engaging way for a non-specialist audience.

Teaching with Film and Media

We invite 2–3 sentence pitches for the “Teaching with Film and Media” section, edited by Olga Gershenson. Final submissions will consist of a short essay about a film that documents Jewish experience (including director, year, country of production, and distributor) and a brief discussion of its pedagogical potential in Jewish Studies courses. Each essay will be 250-300 words plus a representative image.

Roundtable Submissions: 

We invite submissions for the Roundtable format in AJS Perspectives. Roundtables feature a group of scholars exploring a topic in a conversational manner. Like essays, roundtables can explore this issue's theme from creative and scholarly perspectives, as well as reflections on the subject in pedagogy and the profession. We particularly welcome roundtables formed for past or upcoming AJS Conferences. Roundtables should consist of 3–5 participants and should be no longer than 2,000 words in total.

Art Submissions:

We invite artists to address the topic through relevant practices that may include, (but are not limited to) documentaries, motion pictures, experimental film and video, screendance and screen performance, and home videos. The work may be represented via sequential still frames or in any way that speaks to the topic of Jewish memory or to explore specific topics of the historical, sociological, personal and communal Jewish experience. We will also consider linking to moving image work on the digital site if you can provide a permanent link via Vimeo, YouTube, etc.

Art submissions should be the highest quality digital representation in your particular medium. Please submit files with appropriate description and any additional information which may be helpful to the editors.

We aim to promote a diversity of voices including career stage, socio-economic situation, gender, religion, race, sexuality, and ability. As such, you are invited to include relevant aspects of whatever subjectivity or positionality may inform your writing.

Deadline for pitches January 27, 2023

Essay submitters should supply an abstract of up to 250 words and a draft introductory paragraph.

Teaching with Film and Media submitters should should submit a 2–3 sentence pitch.

Roundtable submitters should supply an abstract of up to 250 words and a short biography of each roundtable contributor.

Art submitters should supply an image of their artwork along with their pitch, which should describe the thematic significance.

Completed essays will be due by March 15th.

Submit here: https://forms.gle/ysLUZNUMT5u1nW899

Questions? Contact the editors at ajsperspectives@associationforjewishstudies.org.