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 --> 2023 Call for Papers

Title: Western Jewish Studies Association 26th Annual Conference

Location: University of Nevada - Las Vegas
College of Liberal Arts
Date(s) of Event: March 12-13, 2023
Deadline for Submission: November 15, 2022


Call for paper and panel proposals on all areas of Jewish Studies regardless of discipline, geographical focus, or time period.  The WJSA usually includes panels about Jews in the American West, pedagogical aspects in Jewish Studies, and contemporary Jewish issues.  It welcomes panels devoted to the major anniversaries of events in Jewish history or important Jewish individuals in 2023, for example:

1993 US Holocaust Memorial Museum Opens, Schindler’s List Premiers                                                                 

1973 The Yom Kippur War                                                                                                                                                      

1948: Israeli War of Independence                           

1923 Birth of Shimon Peres, British Mandate Goes into Effect, 1st Performance of The Dybbuk    

1873  Union of American Hebrew Congregations Founded         

1848  Jews in the Revolutions of 1848     

1648  Chmielnicki Pogroms 

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 graduate students are invited to submit proposals for papers/presentations/workshops.  A limited number of modest stipends are available for graduate students and overseas scholars who will be presenting papers.  Individuals wishing to chair a session should submit their CV.

Although it is planning for an in-person conference, the WJSA will feature virtual panels.  If you want to present virtually, you are encouraged to form a panel with other likeminded presenters.  Individual virtual proposals will only be accepted if a thematically coherent virtual panel can be formed with other proposals or if the COVID situation necessitates the holding of the conference virtually.       

The WJSA annually awards the Baron Award to the best student paper presented at the conference. The winner receives $200.

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 November 15, 2022