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Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

AJS is pleased to announce the 2017 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards, made possible by funding from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation of Portland, Oregon. Launched in 2008, these awards have annually recognized and promoted outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and honored scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. AJS annually awards one winner and one finalist in each of four categories. The categories rotate over a two-year cycle, for a total of eight categories. Each winner will receive $10,000 and each finalist $2,000.

The eight categories are:

» Jewish Literature and Linguistics (2017)

» Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture (2017)

» Modern Jewish History and Culture—Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania (2017)

» Philosophy and Jewish Thought (2017)

» Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity (2018)

» Jews and the Arts—Visual, Performance, Music (2018)

» Modern Jewish History and Culture—Europe and Israel (2018)

» Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore (2018)

2017 Submission Categories

Books in any of the following fields are eligible for consideration:

» Jewish Literature and Linguistics

» Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

» Modern Jewish History and Culture—Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania

» Philosophy and Jewish Thought

Only AJS members in good standing for the 2016-2017 membership year may submit their books for consideration or be nominated for consideration by a third party, such as a publisher. Any book published in English in 2015 or 2016 is eligible for the 2017 Schnitzer Award. Translations or commentaries of a classical work are eligible for submission, as long as the book’s translator or editor is an AJS member and the book was published in 2015 or 2016. Translations or commentaries of a recent scholarly work are eligible for submission, as long as the book was published in 2015 or 2016. In this case, the translator or editor does not need to be an AJS member and would not be eligible for an award. Instead, the original author, who would need to be an AJS member, would be eligible for the award. The year of eligibility is based on a book’s copyright date. Books may be submitted for consideration no more than two times in a two-year period; no book may be designated a winner or finalist in more than one category, whether in the same year or in a subsequent year. Scholars at all stages of their careers are eligible to apply. A committee of scholars who represent excellence in the year's designated fields will serve as judges.

Recipients of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards will be recognized at a reception held each year in their honor at the AJS conference; the award will also be announced in AJS publications and other professional and national media.

Submission Instructions