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2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/22/2014
Meeting Ends11/25/2014

Call for Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2014

Requirements for Participation

Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We plan to have 2 sessions: (1). What’s on/off/of the menu? -- We invite presentations on the eating events and/or food lists in scriptural texts such as 1 Kings 17:1-16, Judith 12:10-20, or Acts 10:9-16. While food, cooking, eating and drinking are significant and signifying in all cultures, we are looking for presentations that engage with some aspect of island (saltwater and/or freshwater) cultures. (2). Dancing scriptures -- We invite presentations that perform and reflect on the dance by David (2 Sam 6), or by the daughter of Herodias (Mark 6). How might we see, feel and read one of those dances again? Respondents will be invited to tease out how embodying texts through dance supplements the usual readings of scriptures, and to address how we might welcome dancing (which fuels relational island cultures) into the halls of biblical criticism.

Program Unit Chairs

Althea Spencer Miller
Jione Havea

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