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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/19/2016
Meeting Ends11/22/2016

Call for Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call for Papers Closes: 3/1/2016

Requirements for Participation

Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? No

Call For Papers: The RRA Seminar holds three sessions at the annual meetings according to three research tracks, and, occasionally, a fourth special topics seminar. Track 1 (New Horizons in Sociorhetorical Interpretation) will be a joint session with the Ecological Hermeneutics Section and will present four invited panelists to review Elaine M. Wainwright, An Ecological Reading of the Gospel of Matthew, Earth Bible Commentary Series, Sheffield Phoenix, forthcoming; Wainwright will respond. Track 2 (An Analytical Seminar showcasing the use of sociorhetorical interpretation) will be on the Gospel of Luke and will be presented by Bart B. Bruehler. This seminar encourages participation and discussion by all attendees. Track 3 (Refining Sociorhetorical Interpretation) will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Vernon K. Robbins’s foundational Exploring the Texture of Texts, with a review of Foundations for Sociorhetorical Exploration: Topos, Spatiality, Rhetorolect, and Rhetography, Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Commentary Series, SBL Press, forthcoming . Four invited panelists will review Foundations, Vernon K. Robbins will respond. For 2016, as part of an occasional exploration of various topoi salient to the world of antiquity, the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Seminar and the Meals in the Greco-Roman World Section are sponsoring a joint session exploring the topos of meals. Presenters will investigate the role of meals as a topos in developing argumentation, as an organizing frame for argumentation, and/or a rhetorical setting. This session will consist of four invited papers as well as a respondent.

Program Unit Chairs

Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay
Bart B. Bruehler

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