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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

Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: All our sessions are open to paper proposals and will also welcome invited papers. 1) The Impact of Digital Humanities on the Study of Non-Canonical Texts: One Digital Humanities session will be co-sponsored with the SBL “Pseudepigrapha” and AAR “Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity” program units. All papers should explore the influence of the Digital Humanities in general, and the ongoing digitization of manuscripts in particular, on the study of non-canonical texts. These texts must either fall into the broad category of “pseudepigrapha” or stem from or have been influential in Eastern Late Antiquity ; but they need not fall into both categories. The session will provide opportunities for comparison between Digital Humanities projects in these subject areas even if individual papers focus on one category or the other. 2) Liquid Scripture: Bible in a Digital World: One Digital Humanities session will be co-sponsored with the SBL “Book History” and “Bible in Ancient and Modern Media” program units. After a panel on Jeffrey Siker’s book Liquid Scripture: Bible in a Digital World (Fortress Press; forthcoming in 2017), we will welcome papers related to this general topic. 3) Digital Rabbinic Literature: One Digital Humanities session will be co-sponsored with the SBL “Rabbinic Literature section”. It will demonstrate and discuss digital resources for the study of rabbinic literature and cognate fields, and is envisioned as a digital poster session. Interested participants with questions should contact the unit co-chairs. 4) “Code(s) in the Digital Age”: One Digital Humanities session will be devoted to the important question of the “code”, according to the full meanings of the term. We will welcome papers on the importance of encoding knowledge in our fields, open-code and code sharing in digital projects, as well as papers on all the ethical issues related to the digital culture, including gender, ecological, or economical issues.

Program Unit Chairs

Claire Clivaz
David Hamidovic

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