MJSA Board 2014

Welcome to the homepage for the Midwest Jewish Studies Association!

Our organization has been in existence since 1988, and was created with the intention to bring scholars of Jewish Studies together in a more friendly, and less-stressed environment than attending one of the bigger conferences each year. While our focus is predominantly on Jewish Studies within the traditional American Midwest, we welcome scholars and scholarship from all aspects of Jewish Studies–History, Anthropology, Religion, Film Studies, English, Music, etc.–and by scholars from across the globe.

Our organization has expanded its profile over the past decade, including Board Members and executives members from across the North American continent, those whose origins are from the opposite side of the globe, and by holding our conference in Canada. We are proud to have such diversity and inclusion in our organization, and we welcome all scholars of Jewish studies who have positive contributions to make within a welcoming academic environment.

Each year, we have an annual ‘traveling’ conference that features aspiring and established scholars; indeed, we feel that the MJSA Conference is a perfect way for new scholars to ‘get their feet wet’ in the art of presentations. In addition, we encourage new scholars to submit their work as part of our Graduate Student Award – winners receive a nominal cash prize and the opportunity to publish their work in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.

This year (2017), Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan will be hosting our conference. Recent hosts have included Missouri State University (2016),  University of Kansas (2015), Kent State University (Ohio, 2014), Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership (Chicago, 2013), York University (Toronto, Canada 2012), and Oakland University (Michigan, 2011). If your institution would like to host an MJSA Conference in the near future, please contact one of our Board Members.

2 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Nathan Moretto

    Hello, my name is Nathan Moretto and I am a PhD student in Near Eastern Studies at University of Michigan and hold a Master’s in Judaic Studies from the same institution. I am interested in presenting papers with possible publication in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. My academic interest pertains to ancient Israel and the composition of the Hebrew Bible, specifically the Deuteronomistic History. I am also actively engaged in excavations, having just completed one at Kiriath-Jearim, about 10 miles west of Jerusalem, directed by Israel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv University). I would like more information about your organization and how I can be involved. Thank you!

    1. Matthew Kaufman

      Hello Nathan, Thank you for writing. I would encourage you to be in email contact with the MJSA president, Dr. Mara Cohen Ioannades. (Her bio is on this website). Her email is maraioannides@missouristate.edu. She will be able to help you, and tell you how to become involved in next year’s conference. As well, I encourage you to be in touch with board member Dr. Michael Pytlik, if you haven’t already done so, because his area of expertise intersects with yours. His bio is also on this website.
      Dr. Matthew Kaufman


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