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2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins11/17/2018
Meeting Ends11/21/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2018

Requirements for Participation

Rhetoric and Early Christianity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Rhetoric and New Testament Section acknowledges that, given our current socio-political climate and discursive landscape, the study of rhetoric and biblical literature is as highly relevant and urgent as ever. To this end, we call for proposals centering on several themes at the 2018 annual meeting. All approaches to the study of rhetoric and the New Testament will be considered. FIRST: we seek proposals concerning “rhetorics of sexual misconduct,” broadly conceived. For this session, papers that consider the interplay of ancient and modern discourses, contexts, and deployments will be especially welcome. SECOND: we seek proposals about “the New Testament and the rhetoric of in(ter)ference.” For this session, we aim to notice how inference and interference are both NT tropes and strategies used in NT studies. Where, how, on what terms, and to what effect do NT authors infer, and where do they interfere? Where do NT scholars do the same? THIRD: we will host a co-sponsored session on “the pedagogical dimensions and contours of rhetorical criticism.” How, to whom, and on what terms, do we teach rhetoric? How are New Testament scholars responsible for understanding and engaging discourses of power in the ancient and modern worlds, and how does this play out in the classroom? What resources have we found helpful for teaching rhetoric, and why are they helpful? Papers for this session have been invited. FINALLY, as usual we invite proposals dealing with various aspects of the intersection of the study of rhetoric and the New Testament. Proposals that focus on the question of why the study of rhetoric and the New Testament matters now will be particularly welcome.

Program Unit Chairs

Lillian I. Larsen
Davina C. Lopez

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