Call for Proposals (due 3/26/2018)

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies invites proposals for themes for next year’s inaugural Gale/Schusterman Annual Workshop and Lecture Series in Jewish Studies.  This is a new initiative that invites faculty members affiliated with SCJS to organize a series of events around a specific theme over the course of one academic year.  The events should include one to three workshops (pre-circulated papers, works-in-progress, or lunch time talks) per semester (UT faculty, graduate students, and visitors); one public lecture; and one cultural or community event (for example, a film screening, a reading, or other performance).  The operating budget for theme-based events will be $4,000 per year. 

For more details on the series and how to submit a proposal, please see below.  

Faculty Organizer’s Role

The faculty organizer is responsible for all aspects of the thematic programming during the academic year for which their proposal was accepted.  SCJS staff will assist with the practical aspects of events and visitors.  It is the faculty organizer’s responsibility to provide the information needed to the staff in a timely manner. The faculty organizer should also provide content for the page associated with the Series on the SCJS’s website.

Two faculty members, one of whom has to be affiliated with SCJS, may collaborate on a proposal and share the faculty organizer responsibilities.

At the end of the theme year (no later than end of May), the faculty organizer will compose a 500-750-word essay for the SCJS newsletter discussing the theme-based events of the year.  It would be especially useful to highlight memorable moments and insights generated by the year-long engagement with the theme (appropriate illustrations are also welcome).

The faculty organizer will be rewarded for the work with a $2,000 (one time) research account by the SCJS at the end of the theme year.

The theme will be selected by a committee constituted by the EC and announced before the end of the Spring 2018 term.

Proposals (c. 1 page, single-spaced) should include:

  1. Paragraph-long description of theme and its relevance.
  2. Indicate names of UT colleagues and graduate students who might be interested in participating, identify potential public speaker/s, and preliminary suggestion for community event

Please submit proposals per email to Tatjana Lichtenstein lichtens@austin.utexas.edu by March 26, 2018.