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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Steven J. Zipperstein; Steven J. Zipperstein

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2006, pp.7.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Curriculum)
Social conditions (Associations and meetings)

Keywords: Judaic Studies; Publications; Higher Education; Educators

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States United States


The author, the Vice President of Publications for the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS), describes the ways in which the field of Judaic studies has changed rapidly over recent decades. Among these changes are the impact of interdisciplinary studies generally, and the widening of the definition of the kinds of inquiries which fall under the rubric of Judaic studies, as well as new doubts as to whether Judaic studies ought to exist as its own separate field anymore. The author describes how the AJS is responding to these trends in its publications.