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Divisions & Themes

DivisionDescriptionThemesChair(s)

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

Yitzhak Berger & Jonathan Kaplan

Holocaust Studies

The Holocaust Studies division encourages individual papers and panels informed by comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.

Gabriel Finder

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.

Laura LieberDavid Shneer

Israel Studies

Multi- and interdisciplinary studies of Israeli society, culture, and politics

Liora Halperin

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.

Gregg Gardner & Annette Reed

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

Sarah Bunin Benor

Jewish Mysticism

Literature, history, and phenomenology of Jewish mysticism in all periods

Eitan Fishbane

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

Olga Gershenson

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

Eve Krakowski & David Shyovitz

Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Jewish philosophy and its history in medieval and late medieval times

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Modern Hebrew Literature

Hebrew literature from the Haskalah on, including contemporary Israeli literature

Karen Grumberg

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.

Rebecca Kobrin & John Efron

Modern Jewish History in the Americas

This division seeks proposals that deal with some aspect of Jewish history in the Americas.

Mike Cohen & Sarah Imhoff

Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

American Jewish literature; European Jewish literature; modern Sephardic literature; and their cultural contexts

Migration; Hybridity; Antisemitism

Amelia Glaser & Kerry Wallach

Modern Jewish Thought and Theology

Jewish philosophy and thought in modern times; modern Jewish religious movements

Susannah Heschel

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.

Sara Horowitz

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.

Tzvi Novick & Charlotte Fonrobert

Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies

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.

Devin Naar & Adriana Brodsky

Social Science

Sociology, anthropology, folklore, political science, and social psychology as applied to Jewish communities

TBD

Yiddish Studies

Yiddish literature and its history

Ken Frieden