The Society of Jewish Ethics
2019 Call for Papers

Deadline Extended: Thursday, April 12, 2018

The next meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics will be held on January 3-6, 2019, at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky, 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 philosophical, 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, especially in the context of #metoo, criminal justice, with a focus on racialization and mass incarceration, bioethics and health policy, economic justice and business ethics, environmental ethics, ethics and law, animal ethics, the rabbinate and power, as well as the relationship between Jews and the Genocides of Others. We are also interested in presentations dealing with pedagogy, including innovative syllabi in ethics-related disciplines, with the role of Jewish ethicists as activists and consultants, and with the intersection of the study of Jewish ethics and activist practice. 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:

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:

Questions about the conference may be sent to Yonatan Brafman and Rebecca Epstein-Levy:

The deadline for submission of proposals has been extended to Thursday, April 12, 2018.


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:

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