WJSA Call for Papers

The Western Jewish Studies Association puts out a new Call for Papers for their upcoming Spring Conference every year, starting as early as September and accepting paper and panel proposals usually up to December. For the most current  CALL FOR PAPERS for the Western Jewish Studies Association Conference, see below and link here --> 2017 CFP

Title: Western Jewish Studies Association Conference
Location: Claremont, California
Date(s) of Event: March 26-27, 2017
Deadline for Submission: 11/15/2015

Call for paper and panel proposals on all areas of Jewish Studies regardless of discipline, geographical focus, or time periods. The WJSA usually features panels about Jews in the American West, pedagogical aspects in Jewish Studies, and contemporary Jewish issues. This year marks several key anniversaries related to Israel (e.g., 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress, the centennial of the Balfour Declaration, 70 years since US Partition Plan, and 50 years since the Six Day War). Panels related to Zionism, Israel, or American-Israeli relations would be welcome.

The conference will be hosted by Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. Claremont McKenna is part of the Claremont Consortium that also includes Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps College, along with Claremont Graduate University.

Paper proposals should be no longer than one double-spaced typed page and should be submitted with a short CV that contains contact information. The submission of panels on a common topic is encouraged. Organizers of panels should submit a cover sheet with the title of the panel and the titles of each of the papers and contact information for each presenter, followed by the individual paper proposals and brief CVs. Scholars of Jewish Studies, including advanced graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for papers/presentations/workshops. A limited number of modest travel stipends are available for graduate students and overseas scholars who will be presenting papers. Individuals wishing to chair a session should submit their CV.

The WJSA annually confers the Baron Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. The student will receive $200 and a lengthier version of the paper will be considered for publication in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.

Although there is no WSJA membership requirement for participation in the conference, a higher registration fee is charged for non-members.

Proposals should be emailed to Lawrence Baron at: lbaron@mail.sdsu.edu The deadline for submission of proposals is October 31, 2016.

For further information, please contact:
Lawrence Baron: lbaron@mail.sdsu.edu