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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

Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The unit plans to have at least three sessions at the 2013 meeting. 1) An open session, welcoming paper proposals on any aspect of the study of health and disability related to the Bible. 2) With the Senses and Culture in the Biblical World section, a session 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. 3) With the Social History of Formative Judaism and Christianity section, a session on Illness and Disability in the Ancient World. We welcome proposals on any aspect of sickness and disability in late antiquity, such as discussions of etiology and treatment regimes, views of healthcare professionals (professional and charismatic), attitudes to sickness and disability, and definitions of "cure." For all joint sessions, please submit papers to both sections individually.

Program Unit Chairs

 Joel S. Baden
 Nicole Kelley

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