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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

Bodies of Communication (EABS)


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The 2018 session will centre on the theme of pleasure and pain, encouraging an exchange of ideas about both the positive and the negative experiences associated with embodiment in biblical contexts. What is the role of bodies in connection with topics such as suffering, asceticism, joy, and ecstasy, and how do bodies then relate to non-physical personal and cultural spheres? Papers are invited that focus on any aspects of bodily pleasure and pain, both in biblical texts in the broadest sense, as well as in relation to their reception. We are open to multi-disciplinary approaches and are especially interested in contributions that connect ancient sources with contemporary cultural and social issues.

Program Unit Chairs

Lieve M. Teugels
Karin Neutel
Peter-Ben Smit

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