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Western Jewish Studies Association Call For Papers

March 29-20, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Call for Papers

25thWestern Jewish Studies Association Conference

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

March 29-30, 2020  

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:                                                                                       25thcommemoration of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin;                                                                        75thcommemoration of the liberation of German death camps and opening of Nuremberg Trials                                                          100thbirthday of Albert Memmi                                                                                                           150thanniversary of the emancipation of Italian Jewry                                                                        300thbirthday of the Vilna Gaon                                                                                                             1950thmemorialization 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 is charged for non-members.  Deadline for submission of proposals is November 15, 2019. 

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.

Celebrating Recent Publications

New for 2019

“Matthew Kaufman has given us a revelatory, detailed account of a sorely neglected figure in the history of American Jewish life.”—Jewish Review of Books. Published by Syracuse University Press.
This book tells the largely unknown story behind the rescue activities of several remarkable young Jewish women in Vichy France during World War II and their role in the resistance against Nazi and Vichy France deportation policies. Published by ABC-CLIO.


Through an understanding of the changes in American Jewish educational patterns and the CCAR’s theology, this book explores how the CCAR Haggadah was changed over time to address the needs of the constituency. Published by De Gruyter.
“What’s in a Name?: A Young Person’s Jewish Genealogy Workbook” is a one-of-a-kind book designed for teenagers that will become a valuable historical keepsake for the reader upon completion of the worksheets. Published by Hadassah Word Press.