1. Cognitive Science and Social Sciences in Biblical Studies
This initial session will consist of invited papers and discussion. We will survey recent developments in cognitive science, the cognitive science of religion, and social scientific theory, with special attention to their application to biblical studies. The session will be arranged in cooperation with the “Whence and Whither? Methodology and the Future of Biblical Studies” unit .
2. Biblical Traditions in a Social and Cognitive Perspective
This session is open and requests papers utilizing social-scientific and /or cognitive approaches in the study of biblical texts and traditions. Contributions may apply, among others, social cognition, social identity, emotion, ritual transmission, memory, magic, and religious experience.