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2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/22/2014
Meeting Ends: 11/25/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 3/5/2014
Requirements for Participation

Social Sciences and the Interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In our first session, building on the conference theme, we are exploring social scientific aspects of Labour and Migration. There is an open call for papers. We are interested in papers that analyse labour and migration in the Hebrew Bible, including engagements with ancient biblical social worlds that draw on contemporary contexts and experiences that might be analogous to the ancient cases. Papers that discuss the economics and social status of the ‘stranger’; attitudes toward work, vocation, and wealth that draw upon biblical themes; the social, political or economic impact of group migration; or of geographic or political borders are welcome. Our second session will explore the following question: What types of relational strategies in identity formation can be determined from the HB? There is an open call for papers. Perspectives may include sociology, psychology, political science, or other related discipline, and the use of a range of methods, including network analysis, deviance theory, and social identity theory and so on is encouraged. Papers should focus on the formation of identity through the construction or deconstruction of boundaries, shared history and collective memory, the consolidation or loss of social or political power, or some form of a majority/minority dichotomy.

Program Unit Chairs

 David Chalcraft

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