Association for Jewish Studies (AJS): 2021 Annual Conference Call for Papers

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Renee Perelmutter

Mar 5, 2021, 2:25:41 PMMar 5
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Dear Jewish Languages list,

I am sharing the call for papers for the 53rd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, to be held in person on December 19–21, 2021 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. (see the announcement below). 

The suggested themes in our division this year are:

1. Modern Jewish languages documentation (e.g., Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Jewish Hungarian, Jewish Russian, and more)
2. Jewish languages: endangerment and revitalization
3. Programming to honor the contributions of Prof. Yehoshua Blau (1919-2020) to the fields of Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew linguistics and other Semitic languages.
4. Jewish languages in antiquity and the medieval period

In addition to these themes, we are always happy to consider proposals on any topic related to Jewish languages and linguistics. These themes are suggested, not required.

If you have ideas for panels, please feel free to discuss them here or reach out to me at - pre-formed panels have a higher chance of acceptance at AJS. In addition to traditional panels, we had great experiences with roundtables, and hope to organize more of those. We would love to consider lightning sessions as well. 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I'm always happy to discuss ideas!

Looking forward to this year's conference,

Dr. Renee Perelmutter
AJS Division Chair, Jewish Languages and Linguistics

April 29 Deadline
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From AJS Vice President for Program, Robin Judd

Dear AJS Community Member, 

As Vice President for Program, I am delighted to issue the Call for Papers for the 53rd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies. I hope you will join me at this year’s conference to be held in person December 19–21, 2021 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. The sessions you propose are the heart of the conference, and we appreciate the investment of our members in making the annual conference such a stimulating and engaging gathering.

Submit a Proposal Now

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, and this year will be introducing a new wildcard division, "Disability Studies."

We have updated our submission-related web pages to make this process simple and clear. This Call for Papers contains detailed information about types of sessions, the submission process, and subject area divisions, as well as a conference FAQ. We also encourage you to watch a recorded webinar on writing abstracts. Please see the guide on how to submit a proposalThe deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm EDT.

Before you start the process, we require that all participants renew their AJS Individual Membership for 2021 in order to submit a proposal. In addition to being able to submit a proposal for the conference, other benefits of individual membership include:

  • Eligibility to apply for AJS members-only grants and awards.
  • Subscriptions to the peer-reviewed journal AJS Review, the magazine AJS Perspectives, and our new member-focused email newsletter.
  • Access to AJS Professional Development opportunities, including career counseling, mentor program, workshops, and webinars.

New this year!

For more detailed information about the conference, please see the registrationhotel, and meals pages. 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 at The AJS staff will be happy to respond to any questions regarding membership, payment, and other organizational matters.

Submit a Proposal Now

Robin Judd
Vice-President for Program

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