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 25th Annual Conference
Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Date(s) of Event: March 14-16, 2021
Deadline for Submission: TBA

Note: If you submitted a proposal for the 2020 conference that was postponed due to the COVID-19 quarantines and it was accepted, indicate that on your submission email.  You don’t have to send in the proposal again.



Note: The Executive Board of the WJSA hopes this can be an in-person conference, but given the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus, we will adjust to whatever conditions prevail in December when proposal submitters are notified about whether their papers have been accepted. If the pandemic is still raging then, we will either transform the conference into a hybrid forum with options to present in-person or remotely or into a virtual conference done remotely.

Call for paper and panel proposals on all areas of Jewish Studies regardless of discipline, geographical focus, or time period.  The WJSA always devotes some panels to Jews in the American West, pedagogical aspects in Jewish Studies, and contemporary Jewish issues.  Panels devoted to major Jewish anniversaries and birthdays in 2020 are also encouraged such as: 

·         25th commemoration of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin;                                                                         

·         75th commemoration of the liberation of German death camps and opening of Nuremberg Trials                                       

·         100th birthday of Albert Memmi                                                                                                           

·         150th anniversary of the emancipation of Italian Jewry                                                                       

·         300th birthday of the Vilna Gaon                                                                                                             

·         1950th memorialization of the destruction of the Second Temple     

Paper proposals should be no longer than one double-spaced typed page and should be submitted with a short CV that contains contact information. 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 presenters with their paper proposals and brief CVs.  All interested scholars of Jewish Studies, including graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for papers and panels. A limited number of modest travel stipends are available for graduate students and overseas scholars presenting at the conference.  Individuals wishing to chair a session should submit their CV. 

The WJSA confers the Baron Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference.  The student will receive $200.   

Although there is no WSJA membership requirement for participation in the conference, there is a higher registration fee charged for non-members.  Deadline for submission of proposals is FEBRUARY 28, 2021

Proposals and inquiries should be emailed to Lawrence Baron at 

UNLV welcomes WJSA for the first time. We hope you will enjoy the campus and Las Vegas.  UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students. The university is classified as an R1 research university and is ranked as the most diverse undergraduate campus in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The UNLV College of Liberal Arts has just launched its Religious Studies Minor.