Bible and the History of Biblical Interpretation
Literature of the Bible; world of the Bible; early post-Biblical literature (Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls); interpretation of the Bible from antiquity to modern times; all areas of critical biblical scholarship and history of interpretation
The Holocaust Studies division encourages individual papers and panels informed by comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.
Interdisciplinary, Theoretical, and New Approaches
This division welcomes proposals that cross geographical, chronological, and disciplinary boundaries; considers theoretical approaches; and new methodologies in Jewish Studies.
Multi- and interdisciplinary studies of Israeli society, culture, and politics
Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity
This division examines the history and culture of the Jews and Judaism in the Persian, Greco-Roman, and Byzantine periods (from the sixth century B.C.E. through seventh century C.E.). We invite scholars to think about the larger historiographic and cultural contexts in which we write and interpret the Jewish past.
Jewish Languages and Linguistics from Antiquity to the Present
Linguistic, semiotic, or philological studies of Hebrew, Yiddish, and other Jewish languages; language instruction in Hebrew, Yiddish, other Jewish languages
Literature, history, and phenomenology of Jewish mysticism in all periods
Jews, Film, and the Arts
Representation of Judaism and Jews in visual art, film, media, music, theater, and dance; the role of the arts in Jewish history and civilization; Jewish cultural production
Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, Literature, and Culture
Jewish history in Muslim and Christian realms; Jewish literatures including but not limited to belles lettres, piyyut, and exegesis; medieval and early modern Jewish art, artifacts, and architecture
Medieval Jewish Philosophy
Jewish philosophy and its history in medieval and late medieval times
Modern Hebrew Literature
Hebrew literature from the Haskalah on, including contemporary Israeli literature
Modern Jewish History in Europe, Asia, Israel, and Other Communities
The Modern Jewish History in Europe, Asia, Israel, and Other Communities division welcomes papers and panels that present case studies of individual Jewish communities in these regions, or that adopt comparative approaches to shed new light on methodological or theoretical themes.
Modern Jewish History in the Americas
This division seeks proposals that deal with some aspect of Jewish history in the Americas.
Modern Jewish Literature and Culture
American Jewish literature; European Jewish literature; modern Sephardic literature; and their cultural contexts
Migration; Hybridity; Antisemitism
Modern Jewish Thought and Theology
Jewish philosophy and thought in modern times; modern Jewish religious movements
Pedagogy and Professional Practice
The pedagogy division seeks individual papers, panels, or roundtable sessions on issues or themes relevant to the theory and practice of teaching Jewish Studies. The pedagogy division is broad in conception and hopes to generate scholarly conversation about teaching both as it relates to the classroom and to questions of curriculum development in the field of Jewish Studies. For example, we welcome proposals about such issues as: identity in the Jewish Studies classroom, both that of teachers and as students; the "flipped classroom"; "hevruta study" and other teaching technologies in a Jewish Studies classroom; language requirements and the Jewish Studies program; teaching autobiography; teaching Israel, etc.
Rabbinic Literature and Culture
We encourage the submission of papers in the following areas: Talmudic Law, Midrash, Aggadah as well as analyses of Rabbinic texts from the end of the Second Temple through the time of the Geonim. Please note: this division is historically delineated. It recognizes that some proposals may touch on aspects of the Second Temple period and/or medieval Jewry, but submissions that focus primarily on the Second Temple period or the medieval era or later should be submitted to other divisions. Please contact the Division Chairs for recommendations of appropriate placement.
The Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies division seeks submissions that are area specific and interdisciplinary on the history and culture of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewry. The division also encourages scholars to propose sessions that bring together junior and senior faculty.
Sociology, anthropology, folklore, political science, and social psychology as applied to Jewish communities
Yiddish literature and its history