Contemporary Jewry CFP: Analysis and Reflection on the Social Scientific Study of Jewry: The State of our Field and Suggestions for its Future

The active exchange of reflection and introspection this summer among members of ASSJ, the Association of the Social Scientific Study of Jewry—and beyond–began an important process that Contemporary Jewry would like to continue in a special forum focused on our—broadly defined—field of social science research. Contemporary Jewry invites scholarly analysis of our field, both within and outside of the academy, including (but not limited to) analytical arguments about:

  • the causes and consequences of gender imbalances in power, authority and voice (who chooses what to study, how to study it, and what counts as important, as but one set of issues);
  • gender as a focus but no less important issues related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity/nationality, and/or ability/merit;
  • research ethics (including human subjects issues and whose responsibility this is);
  • empirical data documenting women’s and other minorities’ place within the public sphere (e.g., inequities in pay, prestige, positions).

While analytical thought pieces will be considered, preference will be given to those that ground analysis in previous scholarship whenever possible. Visions of innovation and reform will be considered, with preference given to those which are evidence-based rather than purely speculative.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed, according to the regular processes of the journal.

We welcome shorter-than-average submissions (5,000-7,000 words), though exceptions may be made. Clarity of focus, appropriate scholarly grounding of analysis, representation of diverging viewpoints, and insightful suggestions will be among the criteria for selection. Shorter contributions which contain insightful reflection and/or suggestions for the future conduct of our field will be considered as well.

Interested contributors are welcome to submit an initial abstract for feedback, though this is not a requirement.

All manuscripts should be submitted to the Contemporary Jewry editorial manager by February 1, 2019, designated as S.I.: Analysis and Reflection.

For details on the submission process, please see

Address all inquiries to:

Harriet Hartman, editor-in-chief of Contemporary Jewry,