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2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins: 7/30/2018
Meeting Ends: 8/3/2018

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: 10/18/2017
Call For Papers Closes: 2/15/2018
Requirements for Participation

Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: At the 2017 meeting, we began a multi-year project focused on the development of new scholarly practices that take the witness of extant manuscripts seriously. Drawing on the insights of New Philology, we want to encourage scholarship on Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in which the focus is reoriented from a quest for hypothetical original texts to an appreciation of the situatedness of textual material within specific manuscripts. We also want to develop new ways of labeling and speaking about our material that better reflect textual fluidity and the reuse and repurposing of textual material. We will continue this discussion in 2018, and encourage paper proposals that offer concrete suggestions for better scholarly practices, particularly in the presentation of texts. Detailed descriptions of existing digital editions with which the researcher is involved and concrete discussion of technologies that can assist in the production of such editions are also warmly welcomed. (NB: Those interested in proposing papers on any of the above topics are encouraged to contact Julia Snyder or Janet Spittler for more information about the current state of the discussion.) In relation to this theme, one session (to be co-sponsored by the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Program Unit) will focus on the transmission of apocrypha in Egypt. Proposals are also welcome for an additional open session that will highlight other creative, well-developed personal research projects on extra-canonical Jewish and Christian literature. NB: Those with papers on the Apostolic Fathers, Septuagint, or Qumran (unless they directly relate to the project described above), are encouraged to submit to those other sections. Please do not submit the same proposal to more than one section.

Program Unit Chairs

Janet Elizabeth Spittler
Julia Snyder

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