Cost of attendance for full Symposium for scholar/presenters: $175, includes one-year membership in The Society for the Study of Jewish American Literature.

For non-registered attendees, cost per day to attend Symposium events: $50 per day.



We invite submissions of paper proposals that address the subjects of Jewish, Jewish‐American, and Holocaust literature and culture. While we are especially interested in critical and theoretical approaches to Jewish literature, film, and cultural studies, we are also looking for a diversity of topics within this broad category, including but not limited to the list below. This year is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, and so we also encourage submissions that deal with depictions of Israel in literature as well as Hebrew literature and works written by Israeli (both Jewish and Arab) writers.

Proposals should be no more than half a page and should include a compelling title along with the presenter’s name, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number. All proposals should be emailed to Dr. Holli Levitsky ( ) and also sent via regular mail . Your mailing should include a check for $175.00 made out to JAHLit, c/o Dr. Holli Levitsky, Loyola Marymount University, University Hall 3863, Los Angeles, CA 90045. This amount is a conference registration fee and includes membership in JAHLIT as well as some meals during the conference. (If for some reason your proposal is not accepted, no fee will be collected from you—your check will not be cashed.)

Panel submissions will also be considered and are encouraged. The panel organizer should submit a one‐paragraph panel proposal along with all three presenters’ proposals (in one email).

 All materials must be received by August 31, 2018.

  • Reconsiderations of canonical Jewish writers (Malamud, Ozick, Roth, Bellow, etc.)
  • Jewish diasporic writing that deals with questions of exile, home, and homeland
  • New Jewish American writers
  • Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to Jewish literature and culture
  • Depictions of Jewishness or Judaism in non-°©‐Jewish texts
  • Holocaust art, film, and literature; second-°©‐ and third-°©‐generation writing
  • Approaches to teaching Jewish and/or Holocaust literature
  • Multi-ethnic and multi-lingual approaches that focus on non-English languages (such as Yiddish or Ladino)
  • Sephardic and Mizrahi writers and others whose works address issues of hybrid identities
  • Post‐soviet Russian‐Jewish immigrant writers
  • Poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, graphic narratives
  • Theory and cultural studies
  • Ethical, philosophical, and theological approaches to Jewish texts
  • Critical approaches to Jewish identity

This year’s keynote speakers include Erika Dreifus, Rachel S. Harris, Berel Lang, and Ranen Omer-Sherman

The conference will be held in Miami Beach, Florida at The Betsy - South Beach. A nightly conference rate will be offered from 11/8‐11/16 ($199 Sunday‐Thursday; $259.00 for Friday and Saturday nights); note that this is an extremely discounted rate. We encourage presenters to secure rooms early as there are limited rooms at the conference rate.


Send 250 word abstracts to Holli Levitsky by August 31, 2018.  Send registration form and $175 check for membership in the Society for the Study of Jewish American Literature care of:

 Dr. Holli Levitsky
 LMU Department of English
 One LMU Drive, Suite 3800
 Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

If you have any questions call Holli Levitsky at 310-338-7664

Click here for information on applying for scholarship.