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 proposals that address the subjects of Jewish, Jewish-­‐American, and Holocaust literature and culture. In general we are especially interested in critical and theoretical approaches to Jewish literature, film, and cultural studies, but we are looking for a diversity of topics within this broad category, including but not limited to the list below. While historically the JAHLit symposium has focused primarily on American Jewish writers, this year in particular we are hoping to see papers that explore Jewish literature in diaspora and outside of traditional borders and contexts. We are also extremely interested in papers and approaches that question canon formation and that use a critical lens to discuss the nature of Jewish literary writing.

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 many meals during the conference. (If for some reason your proposal is not accepted, no fee will be collected—your check will not be cashed.)

Panel and round‐table 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). Each presenter should mail his/her registration check.

Please note: we can only accept one paper per person this year. In the past, there have often been opportunities to present on more than one panel, but given the increasing number of submissions each year we are only able to accommodate one paper per person. Exceptions will be considered only in cases where the presenter is also part of a round‐table discussion in addition to an individual paper presentation. Papers should be 15 minutes each. Roundtable discussions will be given one hour.

 All materials must be received by August 31, 2019, but you are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.

  • Reconsiderations of canonical Jewish writers (Malamud, Ozick, Roth, Bellow, etc.)

  • Jewish diasporic writing dealing with questions of exile, home, and homeland

  • New and emerging Jewish American writers

  • Israeli and Hebrew literature

  • 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 no­‐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

  • Readings of “Jewish” television shows and depictions of Jews in mainstream media

  • The 2019 conference celebrates JAHLit’s 25th anniversary year. In that light, we encourage you to consider topics (other anniversaries for example) and genres (such as the memoir) that also mark significant moments.

This year’s keynote speakers include Ruby Namdar, Jacqueline Osherow, and Eric Sundquist. And in partnership with The Betsy - South Beach, there will be at least two cultural events—a film and a concert. The conference will be held in Miami, Florida at The Betsy - South Beach. This year it will begin early Monday morning and conclude Wednesday afternoon. A nightly conference rate will be offered from ($199 Sunday - Thursday; $249.00 for Friday and Saturday nights)—this is an extremely discounted rate. We encourage presenters to secure rooms early (by phone—tell them you are with JAHLit) as there are limited rooms at the conference rate.

This year it is especially important that your reserve your room immediately as there will be a large public event that will be held on the beach this year during our conference days. This means that all hotels in the area will begin booking up very quickly and you want to make sure your room is secured as soon as possible.

Send 250 word abstracts to Holli Levitsky by August 31, 2019.  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.