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Meeting Program Units

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
Requirements for Participation

Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The unit plans to have at least three sessions at the 2017 meeting. 1) At least one open session, welcoming paper proposals on any aspect of health and disability related to the Bible. 2) The Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World Section, in collaboration with the working group ReMedHe (Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity), invites early career scholars to submit a dissertation prospectus or first book proposal for a rotating round table workshop. We welcome projects that address or reveal connections between ancient religion and disability, medicine, or health including rudimentary proposals for dissertations or first monographs, dissertation prospectus materials, and projects-in-progress from later stages of dissertation or monograph work that could still benefit from feedback on project shape and aims. Each accepted proposal will be pre-circulated to receive formal comments from at least one colleague who works in a relevant field. At the workshop presenters will give a short presentation that introduces a small group to their work, which will be followed by one formal response (approximately 10 minutes for presentation and response, depending on the number of proposals). Following the formal response proposals will be workshopped by participants who will rotate to hear each proposal presentation and offer constructive feedback. Proposals should include an abstract (250-500 words), and name at least two sub-fields in which presenters anticipate that their project will make an impact. Abstracts should describe the main argument or insights of the project, and might also describe the methods of inquiry, and the key evidence to be explored. 3) An invited session focused on reviewing two books: Candida Moss and Joel Baden's Reconceiving Infertility: Biblical Perspectives on Procreation and Childlessness and Sarah Melcher, Mikeal C. Parsons and Amos Yong's Disability and the Bible: a Commentary.

Program Unit Chairs

Meghan Henning

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