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AJS Perspectives

Call for Papers: The Body Issue

Editors: Chaya Halberstam & Mira Sucharov

The deadline to submit pitches for this issue has passed.

The Fall 2019 issue of AJS Perspectives, titled The Body Issue, will be devoted to examining the body, bodies, and embodiment in Jewish history, politics, philosophy, religion, language, art, and literature; questions of how bodies inform our pedagogy and our professional practices; and questions about the utility of the conceptual lens of embodiment itself. The editors invite contributions of short research and reflective essays from within any area of Jewish Studies, broadly defined. Topics might include questions of how bodies figure in war, conflict, and genocide; body image; bodily functions; embodiment and identity including Jewishness, gender, and sexuality; emotion / affect and memory as embodied phenomena; non-human bodies; ability and disability; sports and physical performance; demographics.

We particularly encourage creative, narrative, or other non-standard academic forms of writing, including submissions of annotated texts, first-person reflections, immersive non-fiction, teaching case studies, photo essays, mixed media submissions, etc. Completed essays should be 1,000–2,000 words.

We invite pitches/abstracts of up to 250 words.

We aim to promote a diversity of voices including career stage, socio-economic situation, gender, religion, race, sexuality, and ability. As such, you are invited to include relevant aspects of whatever subjectivity or positionality may inform your writing.

Deadline for abstracts/pitches: April 1, 2019

Note that authors will be also required to submit a writing sample showing facility with writing in a clear and engaging way for a non-specialist audience.

Decisions on pitches will be made by April 15, 2019.

Completed essays are due June 1, 2019.

Questions? Contact the editors at ajsperspectives@associationforjewishstudies.org.