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.
2013 International Meeting
Meeting Begins: 7/7/2013
Meeting Ends: 7/11/2013
Call For Papers Opens: 10/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2013
Requirements for Participation
Place, Space, and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes
Call For Papers: Two spatial themes will be discussed, both consisting of a mix of invited and open papers.
• The first theme is “Body and Spatial Experience.” Papers investigating corporeal experience in space, and how bodies influence, and are influenced by, space(s) will be welcomed. Consideration will also be given to papers that engage with things, or objects, in relation to the body and space. Contributions from diverse fields, e.g. textual studies, iconography, and archaeology will be welcomed. We encourage contributors to be innovative and utilize approaches from different fields, e.g. narratology, critical-spatiality, feminism, sociology, psychology, cognitive linguistics, philosophy and archaeology.
• The second theme is “Spatial Experience and Conceptions of the Afterlife.” Papers investigating ancient Mediterranean worldview(s), especially conceptions of the “afterlife” as “imagined space” will be welcomed. Contributions from diverse fields, e.g. textual studies, iconography, and archaeology will be welcomed. We encourage contributors to be innovative and utilize approaches from different fields, e.g. narratology, critical-spatiality, feminism, sociology, psychology, cognitive linguistics, philosophy and archaeology in their interpretation of ancient Mediterranean worldview(s) and conceptions of the afterlife.
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