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Study of Judaism Unit

Call for Proposals

This Unit welcomes proposals for individual papers, papers sessions, and roundtables dealing with Judaism, Jews, and Jewish studies broadly conceived — from late antiquity to the present, in multiple global settings, and employing various methodologies — that address topics of concern to the broader community of religious studies scholars. Pre-arranged session or panel proposals should represent a diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, and academic rank.

We are open to any proposals related to the study of Judaism, although for 2022, we are particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Ethnographic approaches to Jewish practice, law, and/or ethics
  • Judaism and the sensorium
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to rabbinic literature
  • Indigeneity, decoloniality, and sacred land at - and beyond - the intersection of Jewish studies and Israel/Palestine studies
  • Utopia/dystopia/apocalypse, in conversation with the 2022 AAR presidential theme of Religion and Catastrophe
  • Jewish Studies and Religious Studies in Conversation: graduate student lightning round (proposals should indicate interest in this format)
  • (Co-sponsored with the Religion and Memory Unit)
    2022 will be the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Yosef Hayyim Yerushalmi's Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory. It remains a foundational book in Jewish memory studies—and has poignant comments on the role of Jewish historians—but studies of Jewish memory have also developed considerably in the last four decades, both building upon and pushing back against Yerushalmi’s conceptions of Jewish history and Jewish memory. We invite proposals of papers, panels, or roundtables that reevaluate Zakhor in our present moment.

Statement of Purpose


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members