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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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Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Qumran Section has three goals. (1) It provides a forum for scholarly discussion of any aspect of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the material culture of Qumran, and the history, literature, and worldviews of the people associated with them. (2) It encourages new discussions and new approaches in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls studies. (3) It strives for integrating the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls with other fields of biblical and related studies. In 2017 the Section will host a session on topics related to time, broadly conceived. These may include papers on calendrical time (including ritual, liturgy, festivals, and seasons); historical time and chronology; end-time expectations; time and material culture (e.g., tefillin and other ritual objects); time in critical theoretical perspective (e.g., in relation to space, embodiment, trauma, or the sacred); or close textual studies with attention to scripture, time, and sectarianism. We will also co-sponsor a session with the Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew section, dealing with the intersection of the linguistic study of Biblical Hebrew with Qumran Hebrew. Questions that may be tackled are (1) Is Qumran Hebrew distinct from Biblical Hebrew and if so, in what way(s)? (2) Does the Hebrew from Qumran reflect a homogeneous language system (allowing for internal variation) or diverse dialects? (3) What is the role of Qumran Hebrew in the historical linguistic trajectory of Biblical Hebrew and later varieties of Hebrew? (4) What is the sociolinguistics of Qumran Hebrew? Papers should ideally focus on all levels of grammar and not only syntax. We encourage proposals for both of the topical sessions, and welcome proposals for two additional open call sessions. We commit ourselves to balance senior with junior voices. In order to maximize opportunities for presenters, scholars should not present more than two years in succession. This restriction does not apply to invited papers.

Program Unit Chairs

Eibert Tigchelaar
Daniel Machiela
Michael Segal

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