Call for Presentations for 37th IAJGS Conference in Orlando

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The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando invite you to submit presentation proposals for the 37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, to be held at Orlando's Walt Disney World Swan Resort from Sunday, July 23 through Friday, July 28, 2017. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history.

If you wish to register to make a program submission, you may submit a presentation using the Call for Papers. Email submissions will not be accepted. All proposals must be submitted using this website.

If you want instead to edit a proposal that was submitted earlier to the Orlando conference, please click the Abstract Service Center which is where, until Sunday, January 15, 2017, you can make changes to proposals that have already been submitted.

We are particularly interested in presentations that enable our participants to enhance their genealogical research by teaching them to:

  1. Discover their family history using new research tools and resources;
  2. Preserve their family histories and traditions; and
  3. Share their family history with future generations of their family and with fellow genealogists.

As this will be the first IAJGS conference held in the southern United States, we have embraced the "The Jews of Florida, the South, and the Caribbean" as a theme of the conference.  Given the location, we also expect that there will be interest the genealogy of Iberian conversos.

We also anticipate attendance by genealogists and family historians of widely varying levels of experience and training.  The common denominator among all, however, is a thirst for the kinds of tools and strategies that will enable them to "take their research to the next level".

Description of Presentation

Presentations and panel discussions will generally be 75 minutes, which includes 15 minutes of questions. Hands-on Computer Workshops will be 2 hours in length.

Proposals

Speakers may submit any number of proposals. To allow different voices to be heard at the conference, we will generally choose no more than three presentations from any one speaker. Because of the limited number of scheduling slots, and the large number of people applying to speak, It is not a reflection on the quality of your proposal if we do not accept more.

Panels

Panels grouping speakers with varying expertise on a particular topic are viewed favorably as they make efficient use of conference time and allow for different perspectives on specific topics. If there are two or more authors on a presentation, the first author should submit his/her information first. When you get to the page for reviewing your submission, there will be an icon identified as "Add an Additional Presenter" that will allow you to add more authors to the proposal.

Complimentary Registration

Individual speakers having at least one proposal accepted will receive complimentary conference registration. While we will certainly consider multi-presenter presentations and panel discussions, only the primary speaker for a particular multi-speaker presentation is eligible for complimentary conference registration. There is no conference registration waiver for participating as a panelist, although complementary SIG luncheon tickets for conference speakers and participants willing to facilitate break-out sessions for conference attendees who wish to dig deeper into topics presented in a speaker's area of expertise may be provided. Terms of inducements and break-out programs are within the sole discretion of the Program Committee.

The deadline for submission of proposals is January 15, 2017! Submitters of proposals will be notified by email no later than February 26, 2017, as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted. You may contact the Program Committee at program@iajgs2017.org with any questions or comments.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and thank you for your interest in our Conference.

Adam Brown
Diane Jacobs

Conference Co-Chairs