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2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/18/2017
Meeting Ends11/21/2017

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2016
Call for Papers Closes: 3/7/2017

Requirements for Participation

Exile (Forced Migrations) in Biblical Literature

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We will hold two panels, both of which involve a mix of papers selected from an open call and invited papers. We welcome paper proposals for the following topics: 1. Forced Migrations in the Long Sixth Century This session explores the social, political, and religious structures and practices that facilitated and profited from the forced migrations from the end of the Assyrian period through the sixth century BCE. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of texts and material culture as evidence for the ways in which migrations both reflected imperial commitments and reshaped the very structures of the empires involved. 2. Involuntary Migration and the Joseph Narrative (Gen 37–50). Joseph, the protagonist of Gen 37–50, is an involuntary migrant. He is captured by his brothers, trafficked into Egypt, and imprisoned. The denouement of the Joseph story finds him reunited with his family, which would not have happened were they not environmentally induced involuntary migrants fleeing to Egypt to survive famine in Judah. This session will explore these aspects of Gen 37–50 and others employing interdisciplinary methods to analyze these texts.

Program Unit Chairs

Dr. Katherine Southwood
Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor

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