It's Time for the 2015 AJS Conference!

Laura Arnold Leibman

December isn't just for Chanukah, it is also time for the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS) Conference!  This year's 47th Annual Conference met December 13-15, 2015 at the Sheraton Boston in Boston, Massachusetts.

American Studies has increased its presence this year.  In addition to Adam Mendelsohn who was a Jordan Schnitzer book award finalist in the field of "Modern Jewish History—Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania" for his book The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire, over eighty panels this year cover American subject matters, up from sixty eight last year.  As another sign of the strength of the Americanist presence in the society, both the out-going President (Jonathan Sarna) and the in-coming President (Pam Nadell) are major figures in the field of American Jewish history.

Here is a quick list of the conference highlights in American studies, broken down by subject area, with a huge kudos to the planning committee for making the schedule more shareable and social-media friendly.  (Note if you click on the panel titles below and then on the individual presenters, you will get to detailed abstracts of the papers on each panel.)

Literature & Film
      Material Culture
      Comparative Religion
      Modern Jewish History in the Americas
      Modern Jewish Thought and Theology
        Social Sciences
        The Profession

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