The Society of Jewish Ethics
2018 Call for Papers



Deadline March 13, 2017


The next meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics will be held on January 4-7, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics.

Proposals dealing with any aspect of Jewish ethics—theoretical or applied, classical or contemporary—are welcome. We seek proposals on any topic, including projects that utilize historical, social scientific, cultural studies, literary, or critical theoretical approaches to matters of Jewish ethics. We welcome proposals for either single papers or panels with multiple papers addressing issues such as sexual ethics, race and criminal justice, bioethics, globalization and post-colonial thought, economic justice and business ethics, environmental ethics, ethics and law, animal ethics, political theology, ethics and the rabbinate, and the relationship between ethical reasoning and political resistance. We are also interested in presentations dealing with pedagogy, including innovative syllabi in ethics-related disciplines, as well as reflections on the state of the field of Jewish ethics. Panel proposals involving members of the Society of Christian Ethics and Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics are particularly welcome.

All proposals should include: a tentative title, an abstract (700-1000 words), a selected bibliography, and the contact information of the presenter (name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address). Panel proposals should include this contact information for all participants. All papers are reviewed anonymously. A limited number of partial travel scholarships are available, with preference given to graduate students; for more information see: societyofjewishethics.org/scholarships_info

The Society of Jewish Ethics Annual Meeting runs concurrently with that of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. We encourage authors to submit their completed papers for publication in the Journal of Jewish Ethics. Papers presented as SJE papers are also eligible for publication in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. All presenters must become members of the SJE.

Proposals should be sent via e-mail to: admin@societyofjewishethics.org

Questions about the conference may be sent to Yonatan Brafman and Emily Filler: sjeprogramchairs@gmail.com

The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, March 13, 2017.

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The Society of Jewish Ethics is an academic organization dedicated to the promotion of scholarly work in the field of Jewish ethics, including the relation of Jewish ethics to other traditions of ethics and to social, economic, political and cultural problems. The Society also aims to encourage and improve the teaching of Jewish ethics in colleges, universities and theological schools, to promote an understanding of Jewish ethics within the Jewish community and society as a whole, and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally in Jewish ethics. All participants in the Annual Meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics must be members of the Society. For membership forms and other information, please consult the website: http://societyofjewishethics.org.


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