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Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

The AJS is pleased to announce the 2019 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards, made possible by funding from Jordan Schnitzer and Arlene Schnitzer through the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.

Launched in 2008, these awards have annually recognized and promoted outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and honored scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. The AJS annually awards one winner and one finalist in each of four categories. The categories rotate over a two-year cycle, for a total of eight categories. Each winner will receive $10,000 and each finalist will receive $2,000.

2019 Submission Categories

Books in any of the following fields are eligible for consideration:

» Jewish Literature and Linguistics

» Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

» Modern Jewish History and Culture: Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania

» Philosophy and Jewish Thought

Submission Deadline

Friday, May 31, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

Membership: Only current AJS members for the 2018 – 2019 membership year may submit their books for consideration or be nominated by a publisher. The 2018 – 2019 membership year runs from September 2018 to August 2019.

Copyright Date: Only books with copyright dates of 2017 or 2018 are eligible for the 2019 Jordan Schnitzer Awards.

Language: The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are currently only accepting books written in English.

Monographs: Only monographs are eligible for the 2019 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards. Reference works and edited volumes will not be considered.

Translations: Translations and/or commentaries of a classical work are eligible for submission, as long as the book’s translator or editor is a current AJS member. Translations and/or commentaries of a recent scholarly work are also eligible for submission, but in this case, the original author, who would need to be a current AJS member, would be eligible for the award.

Resubmission: Books may be submitted for consideration no more than two times in a two-year period. Previous winners or finalists may not resubmit.

Submission Instructions

1) Send a total of 4 copies of the book; one each to the three judges and one copy to the AJS office. Mailing instructions are available here.

2) Complete the application form for the appropriate book category:

» Jewish Literature and Linguistics

» Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

» Modern Jewish History and Culture: Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania

» Philosophy and Jewish Thought

Award Notifications

Awards will be announced in late Fall 2019, and will be formally presented at a reception at the 51st Annual Conference.

Questions

Contact Amy Weiss at aweiss@associationforjewishstudies.org