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Meeting Program Units

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

Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The unit plans to have at least three open sessions (all accepting papers) at the 2018 meeting. 1) At least one open session, welcoming paper proposals on any aspect of health and disability related to the Bible. 2) The Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World and the Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World program units invite paper proposals for a joint session focused on the intersections of speech, health, and disability in the ancient Mediterranean world. Paper proposals may address, among other topics, questions such as: How are differently-abled bodies connected with speech practices (including silence) in the ancient imagination? How do portrayals of different speech abilities reflect or contribute to ancient conceptions of health, illness, power, or authority? We welcome various conceptualizations of speech and bodies in antiquity (e.g., social, medical, educational, religious, cultural models, etc.). The abstract should state the paper’s thesis, outline the approach that will be taken, and identify the primary texts and examples to be discussed. 3)The Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World and the Women in the Biblical World program units invite paper proposals for a joint session focused on childbirth, menstruation, menopause, menarche, fertility, breastfeeding, and other concerns relating to the female reproductive system with particular attention to the health rather than the regulation of the female body in the biblical world and contemporary interpretation.

Program Unit Chairs

Chris de Wet
Meghan Henning

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