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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
Requirements for Participation

History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For 2017, History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism is organizing an invited panel entitled "Beyond Law: Rethinking the Study of Rabbinic Texts as Legal Literature." Additionally, we are planning two co-sponsored sessions. The first is a session that demonstrates and discusses digital resources for the study of rabbinic literature and cognate fields, to be co-sponsored with the Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies unit. This is envisioned as a digital poster session; interested participants with questions should contact the unit co-chairs. The second, co-sponsored with the Augustine and Augustinianisms unit of the AAR, will be on discourses of self-control in Augustine and/or Rabbinic Jewish texts. The session will seek to put these two distinct textual bodies in conversation with each other to see how they might shed light on each other. Papers need not be comparative, but rather should engage an aspect of self-control (e.g., refusing temptation) in Augustine or Rabbinic texts. We are interested in papers that explore the extent to which and the nature in which vulnerability persists, and what it means for people to attain self-control, even if only momentarily. Are there activities that may or may not promote self-control? An invited respondent will then help put these papers in conversation with each other. Finally, we are issuing an open call for papers on any aspect of rabbinic literature, with preference given for those that engage questions of medicine, health, and disability.

Program Unit Chairs

Hayim Lapin
Michael Rosenberg

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