The Midwest Jewish Studies Association and the
DePaul University Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies
are pleased to announce a special, jointly-sponsored
JEWISH STUDIES CONFERENCE
To be held at the
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Sunday October 26-Monday October 27, 2008
Call for Papers
A special jointly-sponsored Jewish Studies conference will be held October 26-27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) and an inaugural event of the DePaul University Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies (DCJLJS). Special keynote addresses will be delivered on the State of Jewish Studies (sponsored by the MJSA) and on Jewish Copyright Law (sponsored by DCJLJS and the DePaul University Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT)). The conference is hosted by the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, at its stunning new campus and with kosher catering at Spertus’ Wolfgang Puck Café. Please join us for this special and historic event.
The conference welcomes proposals in all areas of Jewish Studies: from any discipline (history, philosophy, literature, religion, sociology, music, etc.) and from any time period (ancient to contemporary). The MJSA encourages panelists to address pedagogical aspects of their topics, and papers centered on pedagogical issues are most welcome. This year, topics in areas of Jewish law are particularly encouraged. In addition to regular conference sessions, special breakout sessions involving works in progress in the legal academy will be scheduled.
All interested scholars and professionals of Jewish Studies and Jewish Law, including advanced graduate students, are cordially invited to submit proposals for papers, presentations, and workshops. Proposals may be for complete sessions or for individual papers. Proposals must include a 200-word abstract defining the primary themes, conclusions and sources utilized in the research as well as a complete CV. Session proposals must include abstracts for 2 to 3 papers, CVs for all participants, a general explanation of how the papers are related and what the general significance of the panel is, as well as the name of the chair of the proposed session. Individuals willing to chair a session (rather than give a paper) are invited to submit a CV, with an indication of areas of expertise.
The deadline for the submission of proposals for individual papers or complete sessions is May 15, 2008. Please direct all inquiries and submissions to: Mara Cohen Ioannides (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MJSA Member Institutions
Case Western Reserve University • Indiana University • Michigan State University • Northwestern University
Purdue University • Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago • University of Minnesota • University of Wisconsin at Madison
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
MJSA Executive Committee
Joshua Shanes (College of Charleston), President
Mara Cohen Ioannides (Missouri State University), Vice-President
Dean Bell (Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies), Treasurer
Steven Resnicoff, DePaul University College of Law, Professor of Law, Co-Director DCJLJS
and former Wicklander Chair for Business & Professional Ethics
Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Founding Director, DePaul University College of Law CIPLIT and Co-Director DCJLJS
Mara Cohen Ioannides, Vice President of Midwest Jewish Studies Association
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