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Meeting Program Units

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

Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Our session is an open call for proposals that address any aspect of enslavement in the Bible and Ancient Near East; New Testament, early Christian history, early rabbinic literature, and ancient Mediterranean history; or interpretations of biblical, rabbinic, or other classical texts. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the intersections of enslavement and ethnicity or enslavement and children. We encourage papers that show the complex experience of slavery by taking into account various dimensions and, in particular, ethnicity and age. This may involve giving attention to what ‘slaving’ involves and the impact slavery had on economy and culture (and, may continue to have on contemporary contexts). Papers might also address the theological use of slavery as a metaphor and its consequences for children and people of various ethnicities in the ancient world. Time periods addressed may be ancient, modern, or any time in between.

Program Unit Chairs

Bernadette Brooten
Emerson B. Powery

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