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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

Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World is planning two sessions for 2017. ——————————————— CFP #1: The Senses and Culture in the Biblical World and the Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World program units invite paper proposals for a joint session exploring the relation of speech and sense as expressed in the OT/HB, the NT, and other texts in the biblical world, as well as in the reception history of these materials. Paper proposals may address such topics as: what it means to think of speaking as a sense (like seeing, touching, smelling); what other senses are implicated in speaking (hearing, tasting/eating, etc.); the proper role of the mouth or tongue; the connection between disciplined speech and sensory disciplining; the question of sensory disability and the inability to speak; or the portrayal of nonhuman things (e.g., idols) that have no senses but are believed to speak. The abstract should state the paper’s thesis, outline the approach that will be taken, and identify the primary texts and examples to be discussed. ——————————————— CFP #2: The Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World program unit invites paper proposals for a session exploring speech and talk as marker of difference in the OT/HB, the NT, and other texts in the biblical world, as well as in the reception history of these materials. Various kinds of difference may be explored (gender, status, ethnicity, etc.), but proposals should be focused on ancient discourse about how speech is used to mark difference. For example, proposals might address the significance of the Gileadites exposing the Ephraimites by their mispronunciation (Judges 12), the way Peter was identified by his accent (Matthew 26), the way slave speech was perceived as untrustworthy, or the way loquacity was expected of the elderly. The abstract should state the paper’s thesis, outline the approach that will be taken, and identify the primary texts and examples to be discussed.

Program Unit Chairs

Benjamin Lappenga
Michal Beth Dinkler

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