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

Yes, in order to submit a proposal, you must be a current AJS individual member.

Login to MyAJS to renew your membership or to enroll as a new AJS member.

If you are not sure whether you have already renewed for this year, please contact Melinda Man at

If you are submitting a session proposal, please confirm that every participant is also a current member of the AJS before submitting.

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What if I am a scholar/professional outside of Jewish Studies?

The AJS welcomes scholars whose primary research is outside the field but whose work has a direct impact on Jewish Studies and whose participation would enhance the conference. The AJS may waive the membership requirement for a limited number of session participants who are not academics (e.g. journalists, authors, filmmakers, etc.), and whose participation is considered essential for the integrity of the session to which they were invited. Requests for a membership fee waiver must be submitted by the session organizer to the AJS by submitting this request form no later than April 20, 2024. Membership dues waiver recipients must still pay the registration fee for the conference as the AJS does not offer registration waivers.

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Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes, you can submit to participate in a maximum of two sessions, as long as they are not both individual papers, both papers on panels, both papers on lightning rounds, or one individual paper and one paper on a panel/lightning round.

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What makes a good abstract?

How to Write an Abstract

The paper abstracts, written by the individual scholars but submitted by the session organizer, should explain the presentation’s purpose, methodology, sources, argument and specific contribution to scholarship in the field. Sample session abstracts, sample individual paper abstracts, and workshops on how to write abstracts can be found on the AJS website.

Note: Accepted abstracts will be made public on the conference program site.

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What are the eligibility criteria for submissions?

Submitters must acknowledge the following:

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How should I go about creating a panel or finding a panel I could join?

If your session is not already complete or you are looking for a panel proposal to join, take a look at the current list of people and ideas looking for session matches, and submit your incomplete session or individual paper idea here to be added to the list.* You also should contact the division chairs in your primary and secondary division; they may be able to help connect you with other scholars in your field.

*Please note: Sharing an idea for a session or paper through this forum DOES NOT constitute a submitted proposal for the conference program. Only complete proposals submitted through the AJS Conference Submission Site will be considered for inclusion in the conference program.

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What is the role of a chair?

The chair is responsible for starting the session on time, introducing the speakers, keeping them to their allotted time, and moderating the Q and A. Ensuring equal time for all presenters is essential, and chairs must be prepared to end a presentation that exceeds the allotted time. All panel, seminar, and lightning session proposals must include a chairperson; paper presenters may not chair a session in which they are presenting.

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What is the role of a roundtable moderator?

The moderator will pose the questions and control the time given to each discussant to respond during a roundtable. In order to make for an informed and lively dialogue, moderators should email questions to discussants at least two weeks before the conference, and ask discussants to prepare short responses for each. All roundtable proposals must include a moderator.

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What is a respondent?

A respondent addresses wider-ranging reflections of the issues raised in the papers. In traditional panels, respondents will have about ten minutes for their comments.

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What is a Division?

Divisions reflect various subject areas under which you can submit a proposal to the AJS conference. These subject areas are led by experts called Division Chairs.The current Division Chairs are listed  here.

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Can my institution sponsor a session?

Yes. There is an area in the proposal submission process to indicate the session sponsor (e.g. academic institution, research center/archive, learned society, or AJS caucus or working group.) These sessions must be accepted through the regular submission process.

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How will my proposal be evaluated?

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Proposals will first be sent for review to the Division Chair/s. Division Chair(s) review the submissions that are submitted in a specific subject area, as the Primary Division (for example, the proposals submitted to the Holocaust Studies Division are reviewed first by the current Holocaust Studies Division Chairs). 

Division Chairs evaluate paper and session proposals based on criteria including contribution to the field, originality, methodology, and clarity of expression. Division Chairs are also looking for a diversity of participants both in submitted session proposals and when organizing sessions out of individual proposals.

When evaluating an individual paper proposal, division chairs will recommend either acceptance or rejection. If recommending acceptance, they will then try to place the proposal in a session with other individual submissions. Division Chairs also evaluate session proposals and make recommendations for acceptance or rejection. 

Division Chairs then rank the sessions they have recommended accepting. If your proposal has been rejected but you indicated a "Secondary Division Option'' during submission, your proposal will be automatically transferred to the secondary division's division chair(s) for review. 

The AJS Program Committee is a multi-disciplinary panel of experts in Jewish Studies that meets in early June to review recommendations from Primary and Secondary Division Chairs and to make final decisions for the entire conference program. The Program Committee may shift submissions to any Division so please be advised that the Division(s) that you selected during submission are subject to change during the review process.

The Program Committee also attempts to find a place for individual papers that the Division Chairs accepted but could not place into sessions.

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How can I be sure that AJS has received my proposal?

Confirmation of your proposal’s receipt will be emailed to the submitter. This email will come from so please be sure to check your spam folder. If you cannot locate it there, please contact the AJS office ( before the submission deadline to confirm that your proposal was received. AJS cannot accept proposals submitted after the deadline.

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When will I find out if my proposal has been accepted?

The AJS office will notify you of decisions on behalf of the Program Committee by email by mid-August. These emails will come from the following email sender:, so please check your junk mail folder if you don’t see an acceptance notification in your inbox.

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