Conference Proposals 2021

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Happy new year!  Ilana Horwitz is excited to serve as the chairperson for the 2021 NRJE Conference. Together with Dr. Ari Y. Kelman (NRJE Chair), Rabbi Melissa Stollman (NRJE coordinator), and the NRJE conference committee (Dr. Moshe Krakowski, Dr. Sara Smith & Hannah Kober), they hope to design a conference that highlights innovative scholarship, promotes collaboration, and connects colleagues.

Conference format: Due to Covid-19, our conference will be fully virtual. This may be disappointing. Many of us are craving in-person social connection and experiencing zoom fatigue. Gathering virtually cannot fully replace the value and impact of meeting in person, but we hope to take advantage of what virtual meetings do offer: the ability to make the conference accessible to our global community of scholars, educators, administrators, and funders. We hope that the virtual conference will lower barriers to participation and allow us to share more broadly in the dialogue and collaboration for which our conference is known. 

Conference timing: To make it possible for as many people to join as possible, our conference will be spread out over 3 weeks in May: May 2nd, 6th, 13th, and 20th. The first session is on a Sunday and the remaining sessions are on Thursdays. To accommodate participants spread across many time zones, we will limit sessions and other conference-related programming to 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. We hope this timing allows participants from across the globe to join. Please mark your calendars now.

Presentation formats: The annual meeting will include paper sessions, roundtable sessions, plenaries, professional development sessions, and opportunities to have office hours with senior faculty in the field.

  • Paper sessions will feature three papers, ideally with a discussant. Each presenter will have 12-15 minutes to present. We strongly prefer pre-formed paper sessions. Individual paper proposals will be built into sessions by the program chairs.
  • Roundtable sessions feature 3-4 people who will discuss a topic with a facilitator. Roundtables must be pre-formed prior to submission. You can use the NRJE list serve if you are looking for people to form a paper session or roundtable. We encourage sessions that bring together researchers and practitioners, sessions that include junior and senior scholars, and sessions with gender diversity.
  • Plenaries will feature leading scholars of Education and Jewish Studies, speaking about pressing issues in our field.
  • Professional Development sessions will draw on NRJE expertise to provide practical and actionable instruction grounded in research.
  • Office hours will be arranged in collaboration with the faculty members, and the details for scheduling will be announced closer to the date of the conference.

Submission information: We encourage you to submit proposals for one of two types of sessions: 1) paper sessions or 2) roundtables. Please submit your proposal by January 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST. The Conference committee will send out decisions about submissions by February 19, 2021. Please submit one form for each preformed paper session or roundtable.  For preformed paper session proposals, you will need to provide an abstract of the session (up to 350 words), along with individual abstracts for each of the papers (up to 350 words per paper). For individual paper session proposals, you will need to provide an abstract describing your paper (up to 500 words). For roundtable proposals, you will need to provide an abstract describing the roundtable (up to 500 words).  To maximize the number of voices, a person can only be part of two proposals (e.g., once as a presenter and once as a roundtable participant)

NRJE membership: We encourage everyone to join or renew their membership with the NRJE. While you do not need to be a member to submit a proposal, only members can present at the conference.

Conference Fees: Our fee structure for this year’s meeting reflect our desire to keep it accessible, while still supporting the labor and infrastructure that will enable the conference to proceed with the least possible technical glitches or interruptions:

  • $36 students, post-docs, independent scholars, contingent faculty, educators, administrators.
  • $118 for full-time faculty and anyone else who can.

Here is the link to submit proposals.

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