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AJS Perspectives

Call for Papers: The Hate Issue

Editors: Chaya Halberstam & Mira Sucharov

The Spring 2020 issue of AJS Perspectives, The Hate Issue, will be devoted to examining the phenomenon of hate through the lenses of Jewish history, politics, philosophy, religion, law, language, art, and literature. “Hate” may be interpreted broadly to include the emotion of hatred (and related emotions such as anger, disgust, resentment, or contempt) as well as hate-motivated beliefs, discourses, behaviours, or policies. Topics might include antisemitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, race-, gender-, or sexuality-based hate; the question of self-hate; hatred as a literary, dramatic, or cinematic motivation or theme; historical and contemporary enemy-imagining, othering, and/or vengeance discourse; hate as an interpersonal or societal phenomenon; conflict resolution and dialogue in overcoming historical hatreds; and other models that call into question the very concept of hate in understanding conflict or social unrest. The editors invite contributions of short research and reflective essays from within any area of Jewish Studies, broadly defined. We also invite essays that specifically address hate in pedagogy (e.g., teaching about hate, encountering hate in the classroom) and the profession (e.g., facing down antisemitism; other anti-hate and anti-oppression activism; free-speech vs hate-speech-restrictions in academic discourse).

We particularly encourage creative, narrative, or other non-standard academic forms of writing, including submissions of annotated texts, first-person reflections, immersive non-fiction, teaching case studies, photo essays, mixed media submissions, infographics, art, etc.

Completed essays should be approximately 1,000 words. We invite pitches/abstracts of up to 250 words.

We aim to promote a diversity of voices including career stage, geographical location, gender, religion, race, sexuality, and ability. As such, you are invited to include relevant aspects of whatever subjectivity or positionality may inform your writing.

Deadline for abstracts/pitches: September 9, 2019

Note that prospective authors will also be required to submit a writing sample (or a sample introductory paragraph) showing facility with writing in a clear and engaging way for a non-specialist audience.

Decisions on pitches will be made by the end of September, and completed essays will be due by November 1.

Questions? Contact the editors at