Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry


Association for Jewish Studies, December 17-19, 2017, Washington, DC.

The Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE) and the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ) are sponsoring their annual joint research conference on Jewish education. It will be held at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, on June 11-12, 2018. The conference features papers, panels, and discussions across the full range of issues in Jewish education, addressed through the full range of research disciplines, frameworks, and methodologies in education and social science. The program includes matters of particular interest to Jewish education scholars, practitioners, policymakers and philanthropists.
Submission and Review Process
Members in good standing of the NRJE or the ASSJ are invited to submit proposals for presentations here. All proposals must be received by December 15, 2017. To become a member of either organization or to renew your membership, please follow the directions on the NRJE website or the ASSJ website.  Proposals should be 500-750 words.
Each proposal for the conference requires the completion of an online submission form (see below). Applicants will be notified concerning acceptance by February 2, 2018. Please read the description of the various presentation formats, below. Any additional questions about proposals or the review process can be sent to the Program Chair, Dr. Scott Aaron.
Presentation Formats
Proposals can be submitted by individual or joint presenters. Please indicate your preference for format. In some cases the Program Chair may determine that a different format than the one proposed would be most appropriate for a presentation.
Papers: Presentations of Completed/Nearly Completed Work
Papers can either be submitted as part of a panel (preferable) or individually. Regardless, each paper must be submitted by its author through the online form. Please indicate if your submission should be considered as part of a proposed panel.  The Program Chair will put together individually submitted paper proposals to create panels where quality and thematic consistency apply. Paper presenters should draw on completed or nearly completed—but not published—research. Each presenter will have no more than 20 minutes, to allow time for questions and conversation.
Spotlight Sessions: Open Dialogue about Major Issues or Specific Topics
Spotlight Sessions are intended to spark dialogue and broaden thinking on key issues in Jewish education research, and/or the application of theory and research to practice. Spotlight Session conveners are encouraged to think broadly and inclusively about both issues and participants. By design, these sessions should be constructed with interactivity at their core, and they may include presentations, experiential learning activities, or discussion. Proposals for Spotlight sessions must include a description of the particular topic at issue as well as the names of participants in the session.
Consultations: Conversation on Initial Ideas or Works in Progress
This format allows for presenters to consult with peers and mentors about works in progress, including ideas in the initial stage of formation and research that is still being conducted. Proposals for consultations should offer as much detail as possible about the project at issue, its current stage of development, and the specific kinds of insight and input you are seeking.  Consultation presenters may be grouped into a shared session if there is specific topic overlap.
For inquiries related to the conference program, please contact Dr. Scott Aaron, Program Chair.
For inquiries about conference logistics (the site, accommodations, meals, etc.), please contact Liz DiNolfo, Logistics Coordinator.

For general inquiries about the Network for Research in Jewish Education or for technical assistance with proposal submissions, please contact Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman, NRJE Coordinator. 

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