It’s About Time (New Jewish Studies Design Aesthetic) (AJS Perspectives)


For while now the Association of Jewish Studies has been publishing a bi-annual magazine, AJS Perspectives. Situated somewhere between a blog and journal article, each issue is special-topic specific. This winter it’s “The Labor Issue.” What I would draw attention to is the contribution of contemporary art to the formal design of the magazine and of the institution of Jewish Studies represented by the magazine, the way in which art and design aesthetics frame the table of contents. Note too that the art-aesthetic profile is a contemporary one, not ancient, medieval, or even modern. Clearly thought out, the design choice is very smart. It’s about time. There is a correlation between smart form and smart content, contemporary form and contemporary perspectives. Kudos to Matti Bunzl and Rachel Havrelock, and the editorial team at the magazine for new Jewish Studies.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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