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Call for Papers


Welcome to the 51st Annual AJS Conference Call for Papers!

Dear Colleagues,

As Vice President for Program, I am delighted to issue the Call for Papers for the 51st Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, to be held December 15-17, 2019, at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego in San Diego, California. 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.

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.

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. Please see the three-step guide below to start your submission process. The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, May 2 at 5:00 PM EDT.

Before you start the process, please renew your individual membership for September – December 2019. We require that all participants renew their AJS Individual Membership for the fall of 2019 in order to submit a proposal. In addition to being able to submit a proposal for the conference, other benefits of indivdual membership include:

  1. Eligibility to apply for AJS members-only grants and awards.
  2. Subscriptions to the peer-reviewed journal AJS Review, the magazine AJS Perspectives, and the email newsletter AJS News.
  3. Access to the AJS Career Center and professional development webinar archive.

We are excited to introduce a new option for submitting your paper or session to a primary and a secondary division this year. We hope this change will create more opportunities for collaboration across divisions and themes. In addition, this year’s wildcard division will be “Gender & Sexuality Studies.” Please consider organizing a session that reflects on this subject. Finally, based on the feedback we received and votes from the Board, we welcome “Jewish Politics” as a new, permanent division.

For more detailed information about the conference, please see the Registration, Hotel, 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.

Best wishes,


Dr. Noam Pianko
VP for Program

The Submission Process

1) Decide on your Submission 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.)

NEW THIS YEAR: You will have an opportunity to formally choose a secondary division, so please consider all of your options carefully.

b) Review the updated AJS submission types and requirements and determine the submission type and subject area division (and, if appropriate, second-best division) that best suits your interests.

c) Coordinate with chairs or moderators and other session participants for pre-formed session 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-session participants).

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

e) Confirm with all presenters any necessary audiovisual requirements prior to submission. Once sessions are accepted and scheduled, additional equipment cannot be added to the session room.

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 2, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT

a) You will need to be an AJS member for September-December 2019 to complete the submission process. If you are not yet a member, please join via the MyAJS Portal. (For details about AJS membership, please see the Membership page.)

b) Follow the “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, whether or not 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.

Upon acceptance, make sure to register for the conference before August 31 to hold your presentation spot.