CFP Special Issue of AJH dedicated to Material Culture & Religion

Laura Arnold Leibman 

Call for Papers Special Issue of American Jewish History dedicated to Material Culture

American Jewish History is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on material culture, guest-edited by Laura Leibman (Reed College).  The journal offers articles on every aspect of the American Jewish experience and is the most widely recognized journal in its field. Founded in 1892 as Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, AJH is the official publication of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States.

This issue will address how Jewish American religion and culture is shaped through and by material objects.  Objects discussed may be from any time period colonial to the present, and may include images, ritual artifacts, architecture, sacred space, art, popular culture, or other physical forms.

Laura would be delighted to speak to scholars about the possible fit of their work with the special issue. Proposals should include a 500 word abstract and an abbreviated CV.  Manuscripts must not exceed 10,000 words including footnotes.

Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2015

Other deadlines: June 1, 2015 (first draft of accepted manuscripts); December 15, 2015 (final version of manuscripts).

All submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) and will undergo peer review in keeping with the procedures of the journal.  The issue will appear in 2016.

Please direct all questions and proposals to Laura Leibman (


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