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2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins: 11/18/2017
Meeting Ends: 11/21/2017

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: 12/19/2016
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2017
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Book of Acts

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2017 annual meeting the Book of Acts Section is planning three sessions with attention to the theme “Acts and Embodiment.” The recent corporeal turn in the humanities has inspired an impressive array of new questions and fresh approaches to bodies and embodiment in early Christian literature. Yet, the complexities involved in understanding various kinds of corporeality in ancient texts like those in the New Testament are far from resolved. Session 1 is a co-sponsored session between the Gospel of Luke and Book of Acts Sections. This session will consist of invited panelists who will present on a range of topics related to corporeality in Luke-Acts, focusing in particular on questions that relate to bodily experience and bodily difference. Session 2 is a co-sponsored session between the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Seminar and the Book of Acts Section. This session will consist of invited panelists addressing the topic "Bodies and Embodiment as Rhetorical Topoi in Acts." Topoi are elastic and culturally located networks of elements that provide pictorial and rhetorical resources for persuasion in all kinds of discourse, including narrative. The panelists will investigate the rhetorical function of topoi related to bodies and embodiment in Acts. In particular, papers will focus on how topoi related to personal bodies in specific texts connect rhetorically with aspects of religious, social, ethnic, and/or cultural aspects of embodiment in Acts. Session 3 is an open session. The Book of Acts Section encourages a wide range of proposals that suggest fresh approaches to existing problems or that explore new strategies for interpreting Acts. Proposals that address questions related to embodiment in relation to the Acts of the Apostles will be particularly welcome.

Program Unit Chairs

Matthew L. Skinner
Steve Walton

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