Annual WJSA Conference

The WJSA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 to organize a Jewish Studies conference every Spring at alternating sites in the western United States and Canada. The conference serves as a forum for Jewish Studies scholars in this region to present their research, discuss pedagogical issues, network with colleagues in their disciplines, and share information about the funding and organization of Jewish Studies programs.

Title: Western Jewish Studies Association Conference
Location: Salem, Oregon
Date(s) of Event: 4/17/2016 - 4/18/2016
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. Panels devoted to the major anniversaries (i.e. centennial, bicentennial) of events in Jewish history or important Jewish individuals in 2016 are also welcome. The conference will be hosted by Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Salem, Oregon's capital, is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley, one hour south of Portland, and one hour north of Eugene. Help with transportation from the Portland Airport will be arranged.

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 is inaugurating 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 published in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies pending approval of its final draft by the journal's editors.

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: The deadline for submission of proposals is November 15, 2015.

For further information, please contact:
Lawrence Baron: