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2017 International Meeting

Berlin, Germany

Meeting Begins8/7/2017
Meeting Ends8/11/2017

Call for Papers Opens: 11/9/2016
Call for Papers Closes: 2/21/2017

Requirements for Participation

Fan Fiction and Ancient Scribal Cultures (EABS)


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This research group uses fan fiction as an interpretative model to study ancient texts, especially biblical and parabiblical texts from the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the pseudepigrapha, the New Testament, the Christian apocrypha, and Rabbinic literature. At the 2017 conference in Berlin, we invite papers that investigate how writers of derivative works perpetuate the authority of the canonical material – or subvert it. By re-writing authoritative texts, writers of re-written Bible, midrash, or fan fiction take a degree of power over the canonical material. In contemporary contexts, producers of “canonical material” (e.g., a TV series) show a range of different reactions towards fan works, some of them even embracing collaborative authorship with the fans. We welcome papers about the complex power dynamics in the interplay between fan fiction and canonical material. Papers may investigate the processes of reception and rewriting in an ancient context or focus on modern case studies. We would like presenters to focus on concrete text examples and case studies. We encourage participants to make their contributions in an interdisciplinary environment and to engage with canonical and fan material from a variety of cultures.

Program Unit Chairs

Frauke Uhlenbruch
Mette Bundvad
Sonja Ammann

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