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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Study of Judaism Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The goal of this Unit is to develop and expand the relationship between the study of Judaism and the broader study of religion. We work to meet this goal in three primary ways:

• Methodologically
• Topically
• By cosponsorship with other Program Units

First, this Unit engages in active conversation with the methodologies common to the study of religion by exploring the historical, social, aesthetic, and political aspects of Jewish religion in its various contexts. All the while, we challenge methodologies in place at the AAR and offer new approaches to the study of religion through our focus on textual studies and the engagement between texts/doctrines and other aspects of religious culture. Second, we wrestle with topics of concern to the community of religious scholars in general, including community and commitment, gender, and the intersection between religion and politics. Finally, we actively pursue cosponsorship with other AAR Program Units. Recently, we have worked with the Study of Islam Unit, the Mysticism Unit, the Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit, and several SBL Sections. In the future, we look forward to continuing to work with various AAR — and whenever possible, SBL — Program Units.

Call for Papers: 

This Unit welcomes individual paper, papers session, and roundtable proposals from the wide scope of Judaism, Jews, and Jewish studies — from late antiquity to the present. We are always open to considering any proposals, and for 2019, we are particularly interested in the following topics:

● Immigration, past and present

● Work and labor

● Sephardi and/or Mizrahi Studies

● Humor

● Mysticism, including a potentially co-sponsored panel with the Mysticism Unit. This panel welcomes proposals on the intersections of mysticism and Judaism, exploring the sometimes tense relationship between the analytical category and the varied traditions of the religion

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
We do allow the chairs to see the names so that we can be more inclusive with respect to racial, gender, and career diversities.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee