CFP: 2016 AJS Panel on “Jewish History & Culture in Antiquity” and More

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AJS Call for Papers Now Online!
The Call for Papers for the 48th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies is now available on the AJS website. The online proposal submission site will be open for submissions beginning March 15, 2016; the deadline for submissions is May 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST. The conference will take place December 18 - 20, 2016 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California. You will find detailed information about the conference on the AJS website, including a page to share ideas about sessions seeking participants and papers seeking sessions, as well as suggested themes for each subject-area division.

Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity

The division of the history of the Jews and Judaism in the Persian, Greco-Roman, and Byzantine period invites scholars to think about the larger historiographic and cultural contexts in which we write and interpret the Jewish past.

In 2016 we would be particularly excited by the following themes, and also invite you to suggest sessions and individual lectures that suit your own interests and talents:

New Technologies for Imaging and Imagining Jewish Antiquity. Papers might range from new ways to reconstruct and investigate historical sites and artifacts (including texts) to new ways that we organize our data and make it available. How have new technologies changed our understanding of Jewish history in antiquity, and what are the prospects for the future?

Jews in the (Ancient) City. What was the significance of urbanization for the history of the Jews in antiquity? This theme might focus upon the Greco-Roman and Persian urban environments, broadly conceived, and the ways that Jews negotiated urban space.

"Sensing" Judaism in the Ancient World. This theme may bring together scholars across our very long period who focus upon the senses as experienced by Jews of various sorts and in a wide range of literary genres.

Samaritanism and Judaism in Greco-Roman Antiquity. Recent scholarship and discoveries have invigorated research on Jewish-Samaritan (and sometimes Christian) relations in Greco-Roman antiquity.

Division Chair: Steven Fine (Yeshiva University)
steven.fine@yu.edu