The next conference will be held in Miami Beach on November 11 to 13, 2019, at The Betsy-South Beach.  Scholars are encouraged to apply who work in wide-ranging fields that touch upon the multi-faceted cultural, sociological, spiritual, literary, historical, scientific (and myriad other) dimensions of the post Holocaust Jewish American experience. 

All proposals and registration materials must be received by August 31, 2019 in order to secure a place on our program. Due to a commitment to include as many scholars as possible on the roster each year (as our goal is to grow the JAHLIT community in depth and breadth), Directors are unable to accommodate requests for particular days or special times of the day from registrants, panel chairs, or societies, and appreciate your understanding and appreciation of this matter.  See our Call for Papers to submit. 


The JAHLIT symposium directors welcome an international body of scholars of Jewish American and Holocaust literature regardless of religious affiliation, denomination, or area of scholarly expertise. Check our website regularly for future symposia information and special announcements, as well as proposal and registration forms. All proposals and registration materials must be received by September 1 in order to secure a place on our program. The conference directors will not accept requests for particular days or special times of the day from registrants, panel chairs, or societies.

Because this is a small symposium as opposed to a large conference, participants are encouraged to participate in all of the symposium activities and to regularly contribute to our roundtable conversation.  Papers may be informally presented or read. To ensure that we keep on schedule and that there will be enough time for discussion at the end of each panel, we ask that you limit your presentation to fifteen minutes.  

You may bring two copies of any book and order forms for display at our conference book exhibit.  Should you wish to share gratis copies of published works, please let the Directors know so that your interests can be accommodated. Indicate in your communication how many copies of the publication you would wish to share and the works can be made available on a first come-first served basis. 

Corporate and foundation underwriting permits us to offer one artist residency (in The Betsy Writers Room) to an artist creating or presenting in a relevant space, and one full conference scholarship (each) to a graduate student and affiliated faculty member to present a paper on Hyam Plutzik, a major mid-Century poet about which an annual panel is chaired by Symposium Directors, Capell and Levitsky.  The visiting artist will be invited to present as part of public programming at the conference. Past artist-presenters have included Poets David Lehman, Ilyse Kusnetz, and Gerald Stern, visual artists Robert Zuckerman and Richard Bluestein and Denny Farber, and musicians Jason Calloway, Michael Klotz, Brian Thornton and Jake Ehrenreich.

We would like to acknowledge Alan Berger, Gloria Cronin, and Dan Walden, the founders of this annual symposium. We are grateful for the support of The Betsy Community Fund, whose grant helped underwrite the costs of the conference. Public Programs are offered free of charge to the regional South Florida community, during JAHLIT's annual conference in Miami Beach, with underwriting and support from The Betsy-South Beach and PG Family Foundation. Lastly, we would like the thank the support and literary vision of Deborah Plutzik Briggs, Executive Director of the PG Family Foundation and Vice President for Philanthropy and Programs at the Betsy Hotel. Without her support the annual conference would not be possible.

Click here to download the 2017 Press Release to learn more about the Conference.


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