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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

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

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
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The Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media invites papers for three sessions on our 2014 program. First, Gary Alan Fine (Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University) has drawn attention to "difficult reputations," the dynamics of and debates over the memory of figures such as Joseph McCarthy and Warren Harding. The social dynamics of remembering and invoking ambiguous and/or villainous figures differ from the use of heroic reputations. Sometimes the differences are striking. In this invited panel, Fine presents his social theory of reputation-making, followed by responses that suggest potential applications of Fine's reputation research to texts from second-temple and Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. This discussion advances the recent interest in social memory research and its potential for historical questions pertaining to ancient Judaism and Christian origins. Second, we invite proposals for a joint session with the Synoptic Gospels unit that seeks to raise new questions about the origins of, and relationships between, the Synoptic Gospels from the perspective of recent research on ancient media culture. Proposals are invited for papers that view the Synoptic Problem through the lens of new models of oral tradition, ancient manuscript culture, performance, and collective memory. Successful proposals will apply one or several of these and/or related theoretical models to established critical questions. Third, we invite papers for a session focused on the relationship between memory and material culture, particularly memories of lost things and specifically here with reference to Jewish and Christian memories of the lost Temple(s), its furnishings, and its cult. Emphasis is placed on how these items gain and shed meanings as they circulate through time and through space, from Jerusalem in the pre-exilic period to 17th century Europe. In what ways and forms do these lost objects live on in those societies? By bringing together specialists from across

Program Unit Chairs

Chris Keith
Tom Thatcher

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