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Call for Papers - AJS Perspectives: The Patriarchy Issue

Monday, July 9, 2018  
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Editors: Chaya Halberstam & Mira Sucharov

This issue of AJS Perspectives, titled The Patriarchy Issue, will be devoted to examining questions of patriarchy in Jewish history, politics, philosophy, religion, language, art, and literature; to questions of patriarchy in Jewish Studies pedagogy; to questions of how patriarchy operates in the profession and to questions about the utility of the term itself. The editors invite contributions of short research and reflective essays from within any part of Jewish Studies, broadly defined. We particularly encourage creative, narrative, or other non-standard academic forms of writing, including submissions of annotated texts, first-person reflections, immersive non-fiction, teaching case studies, photo essays, mixed media submissions, etc. Completed essays should be 1,000–2,500 words. We encourage submissions that represent the beginnings of research questions or thought processes.

We invite abstracts or pitches (150–250 words) that especially consider the following:

» What does “patriarchy” signify? How is it constructed and enacted in different moments and in different contexts within Jewish studies? In what ways can or must it be historicized?

» How do we identify patriarchal structures, and do they crop up in surprising or unexpected places within Jewish history, politics, religion, literature, art, philosophy, music, etc.?

» Does the term patriarchy require contestation? Is it possible to “queer” patriarchy? If so, how? Can and should we get away from the gender/power binary and heteronormativity that the term patriarchy may imply?

» What can we learn from non-patriarchal modes of knowledge production, including embodied subjectivities (i.e., reflexive writing) and other feminist methodologies, and what might they miss?

» How can we address structures of patriarchy in our academic societies, universities, and in our classrooms?

» Is a strategy of gender parity at conference sessions and in publishing the optimal approach for promoting gender equity and inclusion in the profession?

» How can the topic of gender and family structures, including practical questions around parenthood, partnership, and childcare, be studied through a Jewish Studies lens?

In your abstract or pitch, please include the main argument, central question, or issue being examined, the form it will take (conventional analytical, annotated primary text, first-person reflection, immersive non-fiction, teaching case studies, photo essay, mixed media, etc.), and projected length (keeping in mind the 1,000–2,500 word guideline, or rough equivalent in the case of visual submission). We aim to promote a diversity of voices including career stage, socio-economic situation, gender, religion, race, sexuality, and ability. As such, you are invited to include relevant aspects of whatever subjectivity or positionality may inform your writing.

Deadline for abstracts/pitches: August 7, 2018

Please send to

Decisions on pitches will be made by August 14, 2018.

Completed essays are due Oct. 1, 2018.