CFP: Graduate Student-Organized Jewish Studies Conference


Call for Proposals: Graduate Student-Organized Jewish Studies Conference


The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce its fourth annual competition to fund a graduate student-initiated and -organized (one-day) Jewish Studies conference to be held during the academic year 2013-14.


Following the success of previous student-organized conferences (“Irish and Jewish Identities: Links and Parallels” [2011], “Borders in Jewish Thought” [2012], and “The Arts of Jewish Memory [2013]), we are issuing this call for proposals for a conference for the coming academic year.  The Center will provide the successful proposal with a grant of $4,000, which it is expected the organizers will supplement with other funds they will raise from departments, schools, and other centers and sources of funding at the University.  The Center will also advise organizers about raising funds and will provide logistical support for the conference.


Eligibility: Ph.D. students from all schools and divisions at the University of Chicago are eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to proposals submitted jointly by two or more students from different departments or schools, particularly those that treat inter- or multi-disciplinary topics. 


Applications should include:

1.  A tentative descriptive title for the conference.

2.  A one-page description of possible themes, questions, and topics to be explored in the conference.  Please provide as broad a range of topics as possible, with the understanding that it may turn out not to be feasible to cover them all in a one-day conference.

3.  Two potential dates (or weeks in quarters) for the conference.

3.  A list of possible speakers including external invitees, University of Chicago graduate students, and Chicago faculty (where relevant).  The number may vary but should include at least six or seven names.

4.  A rough budget for the conference.

5.  Names and curricula vitae of the student applicants, including their departmental affiliation and (where relevant) dissertation titles and/or topics.

6.  The name of one or more faculty advisors with whom the applicant(s) has discussed the proposal.


Submission details: Electronic copies of the proposal  (submitted as Word attachments) are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 3, 2013. A decision will be announced by the end of the Spring quarter.