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2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2016
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2016

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: 12/16/2015
Call For Papers Closes: 3/2/2016
Requirements for Participation

Children in the Biblical World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Children in the Biblical World section plans to host three sessions in 2016. The first will be an open session. We invite submissions on any topic related to children and the Bible, the ancient world, or how biblical texts affect children in the post-biblical world. The second session will be a joint session with Women in the Biblical World focusing on the them of “innocence.” Interpreters sometime use the term “innocent” to describe certain biblical characters based upon the character’s age and gender. However, innocence is a social construct often applied to biblical characters, such as children, without critical analysis. Factors such as race and class affect who is automatically assumed to be “innocent” and who is not “innocent.” This session invites papers that address how race, ethnicity, gender, and age influence how readers and the texts themselves evaluate characters and their innocence, especially woman and children. The third session will present the work of the project “Tiny Voices from the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe” (Univ. of Oslo/Norwegian Research Council), and the publications which have resulted from this four year long examination of children in the ancient world (see http://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/projects/childhood/index.html). The committee will invite the presenters for this session.

Program Unit Chairs

Reidar Aasgaard
Sharon Betsworth

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