Dear participants,

Should you have any difficulty connecting to the Live Conference platform, please:

1.       Check your spam folder for an email from exposent called “Magic Link”. You must click on it to get to the live conference.

2.       Click on it again if you need to re-enter the conference site.

3.       There is a Help Desk on the site at all times. In the “Exhibitor” section.
Or by email:

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5.       Questions/issues with registration:

Many thanks,

The AIS Team




Pluralistic Israel: Women, Minorities and Diversity

Virtually hosted by The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

7-9 June, 2021

   The Program Committee invites scholars conducting research on any aspect of Israel Studies to submit proposals for organized panels and individual papers. Of special interest are proposals relating to the conference theme: “Pluralistic Israel: Women, Minorities, and Diversity”. We particularly welcome papers or panels on minority communities in Israel including religious minorities (Christian, Muslim, Baha’i, Circassian and Druze), ethnic minorities, foreign workers, refugees, and women. We encourage not only proposals that focus on these groups but also those that delve into the significance and impact of such pluralism and diversity to questions of citizenship, democracy, transnational engagement, nationalism, and the fragmentation of the political and social landscape in Israel.

        The 37th Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies will be held virtually, hosted by the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. We have made the decision to go online in light of the increasing uncertainty following the COVID-19 pandemic, and since the safety and well-being of our members and conference attendees is our highest priority. These are challenging times but we feel confident that we will be able to put together an exciting and compelling conference that showcases cutting edge scholarship and reflects upon exciting new cultural and intellectual developments in Israel. We are planning a three-day conference but may add an additional day to accommodate the spread of time zones.


Deadline for Submission of all proposals: January 15, 2021

  • Panel submissions and individual papers should be submitted using the online submission form at the AIS website.
  • Individual abstract proposals should not exceed 250 words.
  • Panel proposals should include a panel abstract as well as paper abstracts. Panel abstracts should not exceed 750 words.
  • All presenters will be required to register for the conference and be current AIS members in order to present and be listed on the conference program. Register on the AIS Website.
  • Graduate students who have completed their course work are encouraged to submit their proposal and should provide the email of their advisor for approval.

*   You may resubmit accepted papers or panels from the cancelled AIS 2020 conference. Please indicate if the paper or panel was resubmitted in the online submission form. Please also indicate if you have made any changes in the text.

Program Committee

Conference Chair:

Rachel S. Harris (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)



Virginia Dominguez (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

Dan Rabinowitz (Tel Aviv University)



Brett Kaufman (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

Art, Architecture and Material Culture:

Tal Dekel (Tel Aviv University)

Tamar El Or (Hebrew University)

Arab and Palestinian Society in Israel:

Nohad Ali (Technion)

Elie Rekhess (Northwestern University)

Mostafa Hussein (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Business, Economics, and Entrepreneurship:

Jeff Brown (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

Avia Spivak (Ben Gurion University)

Disability Studies:

Roni Holler (Hebrew University)

Film Studies:

Yaron Peleg (Cambridge University)

Dan Chyutin (Tel Aviv University)

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies:

Orna Sasson-Levy (Bar Ilan University)

Tanya Zion-Waldoks (Hebrew University)


Maoz Azaryahu (University of Haifa)

Rachel Havrelock (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Hebrew Literature:

Rachel Feldhay Brenner (University of Wisconsin- Madison),

Adia Mendelsohn Maoz (Open University, Israel)


Yaron Ayalon (College of Charleston)

Orit Rozin (University of Tel Aviv)
Ilan Troen (Brandeis University)

International Relations and conflict resolution:

Umut Uzer (Istanbul Technical University)

Israel/Diaspora Relations:

Sara Hirschorn (Northwestern University)

Donna Robinson Divine (Smith College)


Mohammed Wattad (Zefat Academic College)

Ronit Irshai (Bar Ilan University)

Media & Communications:

Yoram Peri (University of Maryland)

MENA Jewish experience in Israel:

Nancy Berg (University of Washington, St Louis)

Liat Maggid Alon (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)


Galeet Dardashti (University of Pennsylvania)

Performing Arts and Performance Studies:

Jan Erkert (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign),

Edna Nahshon (Jewish Theological Seminary)

Political Science:

Nadav Shelef (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Ronnie Olesker (St Lawrence University)

Rami Zeedan (University of Kansas)

Religious Studies:

Sarah Imhoff (Indiana University)

Ruth Halperin Kaddari (Bar Ilan University)


Aziza Khazzoom (Indiana University)

Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder (Ben Gurion University)

Teaching and Pedagogy:

Olga Gershenson (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)


Rachel Fish (Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism)

Joshua Shanes (College of Charleston)


For questions about the conference or any problems with submission please contact:


Program in Jewish Culture & Society

Room 109 English Building, MC-718
608 South Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801 USA

Phone: (217) 333-7978


Association for Israel Studies

Eshkol Tower,

1407 University of Haifa

199 Abba Khoushi Ave.

Haifa, 3498838, Israel


Graduate Student Workshop

Call for Participants:  Graduate Student Workshop – June 2-3, 2021

This year's Association for Israel Studies graduate workshop will take place over two half days hosted virtually by the University of Illinois. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop a dissertation chapter, either for the dissertation, or for publication as an article. Participants will read the pre-circulated materials in advance and meet as a group with faculty mentors.

This workshop is free but applicants must be members of the Association for Israel Studies.

Applicants must be advanced in the PhD dissertation writing stage, or have recently completed their PhD (since 2019). Current dissertation chapters may be submitted in Hebrew or English, work intended for publication in a journal must be submitted in English.

Please send in the materials and details requested below to

Submission deadline: April 1, 2021.

Conference Chair: Rachel S. Harris (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

Graduate Workshop Coordinator: Brett Kaufman (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

Please submit this document completed as a cover sheet.

Recent Conferences

"Israel at 70: Challenges and Opportunities"

Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
University of California, Berkeley

"A Century after Balfour: Vision and Reality"

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Brandeis University

"A Western or Eastern Nation: The Case of Israel"

Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and Menachem Begin Heritage Center

"Sustainable Israel: A Changing Society in the 21st Century"

Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies
Concordia University

"Israel: Leadership & Critical Decisionss"

The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

2020 Conference

AIS 2020 Annual Conference Cancellation

Dear AIS Members,

Given the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are now confined to our homes, and universities have largely cleared out with faculty and staff working and teaching remotely.  Many organizations have cancelled, or are in the process of cancelling, their conferences.  While the future even a few weeks away is hard to predict, forecasts now are preparing us to expect that life will not be returning to normal for several months. In light of this, we regretfully are left with no choice but to cancel the AIS conference, originally scheduled for this June in New Orleans. 

We want to extend our appreciation to the Tulane University team -- Brian Horowitz, Michael Cohen, Ari Ofengenden, and Brandy Perry, as well as Anina Selve -- for putting together a wonderful program and for making all the arrangements at Tulane.  We also want to thank the many of you who served on the program committee. I also wanted to thank Asaf Shamis and Ilan Ben Ami from the AIS. 

Our hosts at Tulane understandably feel that the fall semester will also be too uncertain to plan for any postponement of the conference. They have also decided that they would prefer that we proceed with our original plans to hold the next AIS conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from June 7-9, 2021. If you submitted a paper or panel to this year’s conference in New Orleans, and wish to resubmit that project for the next conference, you are welcome to do so. If you have already registered for the planned New Orleans conference, you can choose to be reimbursed, or have that fee cover your registration for the next conference. Please contact AIS Treasurer Ilan Ben Ami ( with your preference.

We also want to thank all the award committees for all their hard work and will of course announce all the winners when that work is completed.

We know this is a stressful time for all members and hope that you and your families stay well and healthy.


Yael Aronoff


The 2021 Conference Team:

Annual Meeting