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AJS Perspectives

The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Call for Proposals to Coedit AJS Perspectives

AJS Perspectives, a leading publication in Jewish Studies capturing the range of research, pedagogical, and professional concerns that occupy the field, invites proposals for new coeditors. The new team will begin a four-year term starting in spring 2022. They will shadow the current editors for one issue, on which they will serve as associate editors, and then serve as coeditors for the subsequent seven issues. Karin Kugel will continue to serve as Managing Editor.

Coediting AJS Perspectives affords an opportunity to explore, curate, and shape everything that makes Jewish Studies rich and innovative. Each issue contains a series of research, pedagogy and “the profession” essays structured around a single theme. Recent themes have included “The Travel Issue,” “The Unfinished Issue,” and “The Art Issue.” Each issue of AJS Perspectives brings together a diverse range of scholars across fields, rank, time periods, and approaches.

Recognizing the breadth and diversity of the AJS, we are soliciting proposals from our AJS membership. AJS Perspectives relies on coeditor partners who, together with the members of the AJS Perspectives editorial board, pursue diverse arenas of interest.

We seek editors committed to innovative approaches and public-facing scholarship, and who can network among established and less-represented groups of scholars to represent the breadth of what Jewish Studies is and can be, and who are skilled at shepherding a piece from submission to completion, including helping edit for style, clarity, and accessibility. Editors also work alongside the production team to give feedback on copy editing and layout, partner with the associate art editor to solicit original art images, and liaise with the Roundtables associate editor and Teaching with Film column associate editor.

These positions fall under the general category of service to the profession and are unpaid positions. If your current employment does not include service to the profession as part of your overall workload (e.g., if you are employed in a teaching-only position or as a freelancer), please know that we truly value your knowledge and expertise but also understand if you choose not to apply. Please keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to apply.

Proposals from prospective coeditors should include:

(a) a short statement of your editorial vision, including a brief analysis of the strengths of your particular professional partnership,

(b) a submission of two sample “Calls for Submission” issue themes (please consult existing Calls for Submission to see the scope: The Travel Issue CFP, The Art Issue CFP).

(c) copies of your curriculum vitae, and

(d) acknowledgement that you are in good standing as a member of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Please send proposals to ajsperspectives@associationforjewishstudies.org and berkowit@uwm.edu with "Coeditor Proposal" in the email subject line.

Proposals should be Word or PDF files. You will receive a confirmation via email upon receipt of the full proposal. For further questions, please contact AJS Perspectives Coeditors Chaya Halberstam (chaya.halberstam@uwo.ca) or Mira Sucharov (Mira.Sucharov@carleton.ca), or Joel Berkowitz (berkowit@uwm.edu), Vice President of Publications.