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Do I need to be an AJS member to submit a proposal?

Yes, in order to submit a proposal for the AJS 53rd Annual Conference, you must be a current AJS member, with an individual membership for the 2021 membership year.

Login to MyAJS to renew your membership for the 2021 membership year or to enroll as a new AJS member.

If you are not sure whether you have already renewed for the 2021 membership year, please contact Michelle Katz at the AJS at

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If my proposal is accepted, what are the registration requirements?

All accepted participants must register for the conference by August 30.

Accepted participants requesting travel grants or other aid through the AJS will not be penalized for delays due to grant decision timing or for not being able to attend due to grant decisions.

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What is the AJS Cancellation and Refund policy?

Once a paper or session is submitted, it is expected that the author(s) will present their paper at the conference if the proposal is accepted. Participation in the conference is highly competitive, and a cancelled presentation eliminates a spot that could have accommodated another scholar. Participants whose proposals are accepted for the conference MUST pay their conference fees no later than August 30, 2021. Conference payments not made by this date will result in the participant’s name not appearing in the program book and may also result in the removal of that paper from the conference. All participants must be registered and have a badge to present and attend the conference.

Membership dues are not refundable even if your paper is not accepted.

All conference registration cancellations will be accepted and refunded in full until August 30, no matter the circumstance, or could be converted to a donation to the AJS.

August 31 – November 13: The AJS will provide full refunds and waive the cancellation fee for people who need to cancel for reasons related to the pandemic. Registration cancellations for other reasons will be subject to a $20 ($10 for students) cancellation processing fee, or the full amount could be converted to a donation to the AJS. For extra items/workshop cancellations during this period, refunds will be subject to a $10 cancellation fee.

After November 13: Refunds will only be considered on a case-by-case (emergency) basis, unless the AJS cancels the conference, in which case the AJS would communicate clear policies with all registrants ASAP. After this deadline, no extra items can be refunded. Cancellation refund requests after this deadline will most likely result in a credit towards the 2022 AJS Conference.

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Limited Membership Waiver for Participants Outside of Academia or Jewish Studies related Professional

The AJS will waive the membership fee requirement for a limited number of session participants who are not academics or individuals who would not otherwise become members of the AJS (e.g., journalists, authors, filmmakers, etc.), and whose participation is considered essential for the integrity of the session to which s/he was invited. Requests for a membership fee waiver must be submitted by the session organizer to the AJS by submitting a request form no later than April 22, 2021. In the the form, please explain the session that you are organizing, the role of the proposed participant, and why her/his role is important to the session. Membership dues waiver recipients are expected to register for the conference at the $175 rate or higher. Unfortunately, AJS cannot accommodate refunds for membership fees for any reason, including a request in lieu of this fee waiver.

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How do I update account and profile options when I renew my membership?

For step-by-step instructions, click here.

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Can I receive a print copy of the Conference Program Book in advance?

Print copies of the Conference Program Book can be mailed in advance of the conference for a fee of $15. If you would like a print copy mailed to you in advance of the conference, please select that option on your conference registration form.

Please note: The program book can only be mailed to addresses in the USA and Canada, and will be mailed with the expected arrival time of approximately three to ten days prior to the conference. However, delivery is by the postal service, and timely delivery is not guaranteed.

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What if I have additional questions?

Please email Conference Content Manager Mary Arnstein at

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