PAPERS Resources

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

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Program Book (PDF)

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Floorplans of Annual Meeting Facilities (PDF)

Exhibit Hall Listing and Map (PDF)

Program Book Ads (PDF)

Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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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 Program 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 encourage the submission of panels that bring the Study of Judaism into conversation with other units within the AAR.

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. Pre-arranged session or panel proposals should aim to represent a diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, and academic rank.

-Varieties of Jewish (religious) affect(s)

-Intersectional Jewish identities

-Implications of contemporary environmental, economic, and political crises for Jewish identity, culture, and practice in the United States, Europe, and/or Israel/Palestine

-Judaism and religious studies pedagogy

-Work by graduate students and/or recent PhDs for a session of pre-circulated papers

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