Founded in 1986, the AJS Women’s Caucus supports women in the profession and advances the study of gender within the Association for Jewish Studies and Jewish Studies in general. The Caucus welcomes people of all gender identities and sexual orientations as members.
The Women’s Caucus is responsible for:
- Holding an annual breakfast at the AJS Conference
- Providing fellowships – book subventions, paper prizes, and travel grants – for scholars engaged in research concerning Jewish gender and/or women’s studies
- Sponsoring at least one gender-focused panel at each AJS conference
- Fostering a space for emerging and established scholars to meet and exchange ideas
Founded at a time when feminist concerns and scholarship on gender were marginalized within the field of Jewish Studies, the Women’s Caucus has helped to bring these issues to greater prominence within the Association for Jewish Studies and the larger scholarly community.
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