ACJS 2021 Call for Papers

Association for Canadian Jewish Studies Conference 

Online, May 23-25, 2021

Call for Papers

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies is pleased to announce its 2021 annual national conference taking place online May 23-25, 2021, in association with the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program at the University of Ottawa, the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, and the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University. 

The theme of this year’s conference is “A View of the Field: Reflecting on Canadian Jewish Studies.” Given the unusual nature of this past year––and of the conference itself––we felt that it would be an opportune moment to reflect on the present and future of the field of Canadian Jewish Studies. We want to know what projects are getting our scholars most excited without limiting them to a particular theme. Let us know what you’re currently working on, take this opportunity to get a head start on an exciting future avenue in your research, or even revisit some past work you feel merits new consideration. We welcome and encourage submissions in English and French on any topic relating to Canada’s Jews. This year, there are no limitations related to travel or funding, so brew up some coffee, stock up on your favourite conference treats, and enjoy some stellar scholarship with friends and colleagues!

Individuals are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations 20 minutes in length. All submissions must include (1) an abstract of 250-400 words formulated to clearly and concisely state the main argument of the scholarly paper and indicate how it will contribute to existing scholarship in the field of Canadian Jewish Studies, including a short bibliography of relevant sources; (2) a biography of 50-75 words.

Please submit your proposal by email, as a .doc or .rtf attachment, to the ACJS Conference Chair, Jesse Toufexis (jtouf007@uottawa.ca). Because proposals undergo blind review, please do not include any personal, identifiable information in your proposal attachment. Instead, please indicate your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address in the body of the email. If your paper was accepted for the cancelled 2020 conference and you would like to present it this year, please simply forward your materials from last year to Jesse; your acceptance will carry over.

Paper proposals are due on January 21, 2021. After an anonymous peer-review process, presenters will be contacted by February 19th.

All presenters must be paid members of the ACJS for the year of the conference (2021) at the time that proposals are submitted. Membership information for the ACJS can be found on our website: http://acjs-aejc.ca/membership. Please attach the receipt from your 2021 membership to your proposal. 

The best student paper presented at the conference will be given the Marcia Koven Award, which is accompanied by a cash prize. The award is granted based on the scholarly quality of the paper and its contribution to the field of Canadian Jewish Studies.

Conférence annuelle de l’Association d’études juives canadiennes  

En Ligne, 23-25 mai 2021

Appel à communications

L’Association d’études juives canadiennes est heureuse d’annoncer sa conférence nationale annuelle 2021 qui se tiendra en ligne du 23 au 25 mai 2021, en association avec le programme Vered Jewish Canadian Studies de l’Université d’Ottawa, l’Institut d’études juives canadiennes de l’Université Concordia et le Israël and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies de l’Université York.

Cette année, le thème de la conférence est «Une vision du terrain: Réflexion sur les études juives canadiennes». Compte tenu de la nature inhabituelle de l’année précédente – et de la conférence elle-même – nous avons estimé que le moment serait opportun pour réfléchir au présent et à l’avenir du domaine des études juives canadiennes. Nous voulons savoir quels projets attirent le plus nos chercheurs sans les limiter à un thème particulier. Faites-nous découvrir vos projets actuels, saisissez cette opportunité pour prendre une longueur d’avance sur une voie d’avenir passionnante dans votre recherche, ou même revisitez certains travaux antérieurs qui, à votre avis, méritent d’être disséminés. Nous accueillons et encourageons les soumissions en anglais et en français sur tout sujet lié à l’expérience juive canadienne. Cette année, il n’y a pas de contraintes financières liées au transport, alors faites couler un café et profitez des recherches exceptionnelles présentées dans le cadre de la conférence avec vos amis et collègues!

Les chercheuses et chercheurs sont invité.e.s à soumettre des propositions de présentations d’une durée de 20 minutes. Toutes les soumissions doivent inclure (1) un résumé de 250 à 400 mots formulés de manière à énoncer clairement l’argument principal de la communication et la manière dont il contribuera à la recherche existante dans le domaine des études juives canadiennes, ainsi qu’une une brève bibliographie des sources pertinentes et; (2) une biographie de 50 à 75 mots.

Veuillez soumettre votre proposition par courriel, jointe en fichier .doc ou .rtf, au président du comité organisateur de la conférence de l’AÉJC, Jesse Toufexis (jtouf007@uottawa.ca). Puisque les propositions sont soumises à une procédure d’évaluation à l’aveugle par des pairs, nous vous prions de ne pas y inclure d’informations personnelles nous permettant de vous identifier. À la place, veuillez indiquer votre nom, affiliation, adresse, numéro de téléphone et adresse courriel dans le corps de votre courriel. Si votre article a été accepté pour la conférence annulée 2020 et que vous souhaitez le présenter cette année, veuillez simplement transmettre vos documents de l’année dernière à Jesse; votre acceptation suivra.

Les propositions d’articles doivent être soumises le 21 janvier 2021. Après un processus d’évaluation par les pairs, les présentateurs seront contactés avant le 19 février.

Tous les candidat.e.s doivent être membres de l’AÉJC pour l’année de la conférence (2021) au moment de la soumission de leurs propositions, faute de quoi celles-ci ne seront pas évaluées. Des informations sur les modalités d’inscription à l’AÉJC sont disponibles sur notre page web : http://acjs-aejc.ca/membership. Veuillez joindre le reçu de votre adhésion 2021 à votre proposition.

La meilleure présentation faite par un.e étudiant.e sera soulignée par la remise du prix Marcia Koven, qui est accompagné d’une récompense en argent. La ou le lauréat.e sera sélectionné.e en fonction de la qualité de sa recherche et de sa contribution au champ des études juives canadiennes. 

New Episode of Meet the Author

The latest episode of Meet the Author is now live! In this week’s episode, Simon-Pierre Lacasse (University of Ottawa) discusses his recent dissertation (Les Juifs de la Révolution tranquille: regards d’une minorité religieuse sur le Québec de 1945 à 1976) with Pierre Anctil (University of Ottawa) and Jessica Roda (Georgetown University). Enjoy, and stay tuned for more episodes throughout the fall!

Canadian Jewish Historical Fiction

York University’s Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies invites members of the Canadian Jewish and the CanLit communities, and all those curious, to an engaging and relevant discussion: Canadian Jewish Historical Fiction.

The panel features four internationally acclaimed authors, Ayelet Tsabari, David Bezmozgis, Norman Ravvin, and Nessa Rapoport, who will be interviewed by York professors David Koffman (History) and Sara Horowitz (Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics) about their writing, about the challenges and opportunities of historical fiction writing, the state of Canadian immigrant and minority literature, and about modern Jewish letters.

For more details, visit: https://cjs.yorku.ca/event/canadian-jewish-historical-fiction-discussion-panel/?instance_id=22

Sunday, November 15, 6pm.

RSVP for the Zoom link: https://yorku.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lbnjI3StTRWcYgo9TyW9EA

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From Baklava to Beavertails: The Syrian and Lebanese Jewish Experience in Canada

Sephardi Voices and the Sephardi Association of Ottawa invite you to the Zoom panel discussion: From Baklava to Beavertails: The Syrian and Lebanese Jewish Experience in Canada.

Sunday, November 15 at 6 pm (RSVP by sending an email to info@sephardiottawa.ca to receive the Zoom link). An event inspired in the documentary film “Wanted: The Joseph Esses Story” by Michelle Devorah Kahn.

The film describes, through one-on-one interviews and personal photos, one man’s escape from persecution and his journey towards freedom. This film is a dramatic re-telling of a Jewish man’s daring escape from

Aleppo, Syria in 1950. Anti-semitism was on the rise, due to the establishment of the State of Israel, and high tensions, riots and physical violence that caused Mr. Esses and his family to leave the country they had called home for decades. You can watch the film here: 

https://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/4722/Wanted–The-Joseph-Esses-Story%20%20*

Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Henry Green (Professor of Judaic and Religious Studies at the University of Miami and the Founding Director of both the Jewish Museum of Florida and Sephardi Voices) with the participation of Michelle Devorah Kahn (award-winning filmmaker, writer, actress, professor, and granddaughter of Joseph and Olga Esses Z”L), Gracy Esses Kahn (daughter of Joseph and Olga [Abadi] Esses Z”L who was born in Beirut, Lebanon), and Clemy Srour (past president of the Sephardi Association of Ottawa and community leader who migrated to Canada with his parents and siblings from Beirut, Lebanon).

Meet the Author Episode 6

The latest episode of Meet the Author is now live! In this week’s episode, Francis Mus (University of Antwerp) discusses his recent book (The Demons of Leonard Cohen) with Chantal Ringuet (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) and Jesse Toufexis (University of Ottawa). Enjoy, and stay tuned for more episodes throughout the fall!

Fall 2020 ACJS Bulletin

Dear friends,

A belated Shana Tova to you and your families! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

The time has come again for the biannual call for submissions for the ACJS Bulletin. Please send me your updates for publication in the Fall Bulletin: current research, publications, conferences, seminars, and lectures on Canadian Jewish studies. I would also appreciate news from your community, museum, or historical society. This includes any news as well as changes in organizational leadership or contact information. We also invite short features on significant, but lesser known, figures in Canadian Jewish history. 

Please send your submissions to adaragoldberg@gmail.com with the subject line “Submission – ACJS Bulletin.”

We welcome photos, logos, or other images as accompaniments to your submission – please include these in your email, as well as captions where applicable. Submissions may be in English or French. Bilingual submissions are especially encouraged!

Please note: – All submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format.- All photos, logos, and images must be in .jpg, .jpeg, or .png format.

All materials must be submitted by October 19; submissions received after that date will be held for the Spring edition.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

All the best,
Adara Goldberg, PhD 

Meet the Author episode 5

The latest episode of Meet the Author is now live! In this week’s episode, David Koffman (York University) discusses his recent book The Jews’ Indian: Colonialism, Pluralism, and Belonging in America with Paige Raibmon (University of British Columbia) and Richard Menkis (University of British Columbia). Enjoy, and stay tuned for more episodes throughout the fall!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUsidW5Yef8

New Episode of Meet the Author is Live

The latest episode of meet the author is now live! In this week’s episode, we speak with Pierre Anctil (University of Ottawa) about his book, A Reluctant Welcome for Jewish People: Voices in Le Devoir’s Editorials, 1910-1947. Interviewing Pierre this week is our good friend, Janice Rosen of the Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more episodes throughout the fall!

You can watch the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHXhRrbBRBU