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AJS Perspectives

Call for Submissions: The Justice Issue

Editors: Chaya Halberstam & Mira Sucharov
Art Editor: Douglas Rosenberg
Roundtable Editor: Jason Schulman
"Teaching with Film and Media" Editor: Olga Gershenson

*Deadline for Art Pitches: August 1, 2022*

We invite original essays, roundtables, and art submissions on the theme of justice.

The Fall 2022 issue of AJS Perspectives, titled “The Justice Issue,” will be devoted to examining the concept, practice, and ideal of justice through a Jewish Studies lens, broadly defined. While justice refers to a desirable value or virtue including fairness as well as social or material equity, what is considered just is often highly contested. Some may associate justice with inclusion; others with strict legalism or retribution. 

Justice has often been thought of as central to Judaism and Jewish institutions, but that assumption has also been challenged. In this issue, we seek contributions from any field in Jewish Studies – including, but not limited to, religion, philosophy, politics, literature, history, sociology, and law that address questions such as the following: In what ways has the pursuit of justice shaped Jewish spaces or societies? How have Jews reshaped the notion of justice? Does the language of justice appear in unexpected places? Is it absent where we might expect to find it? What images are associated with justice in Jewish art, from ancient to contemporary? How have Jewish writers, thinkers, or activists imagined a just world? Where are the current societal cleavages around understandings of justice, both legal and social?

As always, we invite essays that explore these themes from creative and scholarly perspectives, as well as reflections on justice in pedagogy, including anti-oppression teaching, as well as justice in the Jewish Studies profession, including issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion.

Completed essays should be no longer than 1,000 words.

Teaching with Film and Media

We invite 2–3 sentence pitches for the “Teaching with Film and Media” section, edited by Olga Gershenson. Final submissions will consist of a short essay about a film dealing with justice (including director, year, country of production, and distributor) and a brief discussion of its pedagogical potential in Jewish Studies courses. Each essay will be 250-300 words plus a representative image.

Roundtable Submissions: 

We invite submissions for the new Roundtable format in AJS Perspectives. Roundtables feature a group of scholars exploring a topic in a conversational manner. Like essays, roundtables can explore the Justice theme from creative and scholarly perspectives, as well as reflections on justice in pedagogy and the profession. We particularly welcome roundtables formed for past or upcoming AJS Conferences. Roundtables should consist of 3-5 participants and should be no longer than 2,000 words in total.

Art Submissions:

We invite artists to address the topic through relevant practices that may include, (but are not limited to) photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, performative documentation or other reproducible media.

Art submissions should be the highest quality digital representation in your particular medium. Please submit files with appropriate description and any additional information which may be helpful to the editors.

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.

*The deadline for art pitches is August 1, 2022*

The deadline for essay and roundtable pitches is June 24, 2022

Submit a pitch:

Essay submitters should supply an abstract of up to 250 words and a draft introductory paragraph.

Teaching with Film and Media submitters should should submit a 2–3 sentence pitch.

Roundtable submitters should supply an abstract of up to 250 words and a short biography of each roundtable contributor.

Art submitters should supply an image of their artwork along with their pitch, which should describe the thematic significance.

Decisions on essay and roundtable pitches will be made by July 1, 2022.

Completed essays are due July 24.

Contributors will need to be available by email to respond to editorial suggestions for any necessary revisions in August.