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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

Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2018, we are co-hosting three joint sessions: CFP #1: With the Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative unit, we invite proposals examining the narratological dimensions of speech in ancient narratives. What role, for example, does dialogue play in plot, focalization, or characterization? Does speech (direct or indirect discourse) emphasize narrative themes, create irony, increase suspense, etc.? How are different speech modes (e.g., highly stylized public speech versus everyday talk) employed in a given narrative? We welcome diverse methodological and theoretical perspectives, as well as focused case studies regarding specific ancient narratives. CFP #2: With the Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World section, we invite proposals focused on the intersections of speech, health, and disability in the ancient world. Proposals may address 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, and identify the primary texts to be discussed. CFP #3: The Paul and Politics and Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World units invite proposals for a session investigating Paul, the communities to which Paul wrote, and the Pauline legacy within the context of civic and/or public discourse, both ancient and contemporary. Proposals that consider this complex of issues within conversations about the political nature of public civil speech (both ancient and contemporary) will be especially welcome. NOTE: PLEASE INDICATE THE SESSION (1, 2, or 3) FOR WHICH YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED.

Program Unit Chairs

Benjamin Lappenga
Michal Beth Dinkler

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