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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: 2/14/2018
Requirements for Participation

Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies, Early Jewish Studies and Early Christian Studies research group chairs cordially invite the submission of proposals for papers and/or panel discussion topics for the forthcoming EABS meeting in Helsinki 2018. We plan to hold three sessions welcoming papers. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted via the International SBL meeting website, via the EABS section Digital Humanities and Biblical studies, Early Jewish and Christian studies (co-chairs Claire Clivaz, David Hamidovic and Pete Phillips), or via the SBL section Digital Humanities and Biblical studies, Early Jewish and Christian studies (co-chairs David Hamidovic and Dan Machiela). Proposals for both sections will be discussed together. We encourage proposals covering the entire spectrum of Digital Humanities topics applied to Biblical Studies, Early Jewish Studies and Early Christian Studies. This year, we request papers particularly on: • Multimodal expressions of biblical texts: YouTube, Vimeo, and other video channels are presenting biblical texts in multimodal formats, using text, image, and sound. How is a written text transformed by the digital culture? Can we compare biblical exegesis on written texts and on multimodal objects? How should we consider the usual instruments of exegesis (such as dictionnaries, commentaries, etc.) in light of digital production? • Qumran and Dead Sea scrolls: a special session will be held jointly with the Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls unit. It invites proposals on ongoing research projects that produce new digital/online editions of the Dead Sea Scrolls or make use of digital tools in studying the scrolls and presenting data. • Early Jewish and Christian texts through digital tools: This session welcomes papers on all digital tools used in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies. Presentations on empirical approaches with demonstration for users are also welcomed.

Program Unit Chairs

David Hamidovic
Daniel Machiela

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