Call for paper and panel proposals on any field of Judaic Studies. Papers and panels on the role/implications of humor in Jewish thought/culture/history/texts are especially welcome, as are papers addressing the theme ‘Pioneering Jews: Cowboys, Rebels, and Trailblazers’ (helping us celebrate the 2009 150th anniversary of Jewish Denver). 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 each presenter, followed by the individual paper proposals and brief CVs. All interested scholars of Jewish Studies, including advanced graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for papers/presentations/workshops.
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 and WJSA encourage panelists to address pedagogical aspects of their topics, and papers centered on pedagogical issues are most welcome. Proposals may be for complete sessions (usually three to four papers) or for individual papers. While it is preferred that program participants be members of the
MJSA or the WJSA, such membership is not required. There is, however, a higher registration fee for non-members. All registration fees must be paid by January 30, 2009 in order to be listed on the program.
Deadline for submission of proposals: December 1, 2008. Send 3 copies of a one-page abstract, including complete address information with an e-mail address where possible, to Sarah Pessin at the address listed below or send a .doc file by email to Georgette Kennebrae at Georgette.Kennebrae@du.edu (subject header: WJSA/MJSA proposal). If proposing a complete session, please send all abstracts together indicating appropriate session chairs if possible. Specific time assignments will be announced to participants as soon as the organization of the program is completed. Individuals wishing to chair a session rather than give a paper are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, with an indication of areas of expertise.
University of Denver
Center for Judaic Studies
2000 E Asbury Ave., #157
Denver, CO 80208
University of Denver
Department of History
2000 E Asbury Ave., #367
Denver, CO 80208
Pre-registration will be $75 for WJSA/MJSA members and $85 for non-members ($25 for students); Registration at the time of the conference will be $95 for both members and non-members ($35 for students). The registration fee covers some scheduled meals, all of which will be kosher. Pre-registration can be completed online at www.regonline.com/ WJSA_MJSAConference2009. The link can also be found on the WJSA website.
We have coordinated with the Denver Marriot City Center for hotel lodging. The conference rate is $149/night, first come, first served, depending on availability, but no later than March 30th. Please contact them directly to book a room. The Marriot, as well as other downtown Denver hotels, is easily accessible to the Light-Rail, which makes a stop at the University of Denver campus.
Denver Marriot City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
For conference rate, specify Western Jewish Studies Association/ Midwestern Jewish Studies Association or WJSA/MJSA.
For membership information for the MJSA, please contact Dean Bell,
Secretary-Treasurer, MJSA, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For the WJSA, please contact Professor Lawrence Baron, President, WJSA, Department of History, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182; e-mail: email@example.com.
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