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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Meeting Program Units

2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
Requirements for Participation

Senses and Culture in the Biblical World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We invite proposals for three jointly-sponsored, open sessions at the 2013 Annual Meeting. The abstract should state the paper's thesis and outline the approach that will be taken. First, with "Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity," we invite proposals on "Sensory Perception and Religious Experience." Religious experiences are bodily, insofar as they engage the senses. Stimulation of the senses may also generate religious experience. In turn, practitioners frequently use sensory language to describe religious experiences. We welcome papers which focus on one or more of these phenomena at the intersection of religious experience and sensory perception in antiquity. Second, co-sponsored by “Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation,” a panel on "Mnemonic Modalities" will discuss the intersection between sensory experience and memory as they are represented in and prompted by texts from the biblical world. As cognitive science demonstrates, sensory cues often serve as mnemonic devices. This enables sensory vocabulary to evoke memory in a most efficient way. Papers presented in this panel are expected to discuss: (1) evidence for the use of linguistic sensory cues to evoke memory in ancient texts, and/or (2) ways in which sensory vocabulary is used to create, sustain, or otherwise manipulate memory. Third, with “Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World,” we invite proposals on “Sensory Disabilities in the Biblical World.” Human cultures construct the body, including the senses, and how the body is marked as “abled” or “disabled.” We welcome papers that treat sensory disabilities and/or the healing of sensory disabilities, as well as meanings ascribed to these experiences. Papers may draw on (but are not limited to) sensory anthropology, medical anthropology, disability theory and/or gender studies.

Program Unit Chairs

 Greg Schmidt Goering

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