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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

Animal Studies and the Bible

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Animal Studies and the Bible consultation has a number of invited papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting but is open to additional proposals on any topic relating Animal Studies to biblical interpretation. As the Annual Meeting will be in Colorado, we are particularly interested in paper proposals examining species adapted to mountainous regions, like sheep and goats, and the biblical and archaeological evidence of the role of these species in niche construction. Zooarchaeological studies from the Iron Age and later will be given preference. We are planning two joint sessions. For the first joint session with the AAR Animals and Religion section, we are especially interested in proposals that relate biblical literature to the works of Donovan Shaefer or Aaron Gross. The second joint session is with the Islands, Islanders and Scriptures Section. Scientific studies are showing that marine species have capacities for language, intelligence, culture and sentience that Europeans once considered the sole preserve of humans, and activists are working to end the captivity of cetaceans like Orcas. What unique perspectives do Islandic people have on marine mammals that might blur the human/animal binary? Or what unique perspectives do Islanders have on other-than-human animals and birds that might inform the reading of the Bible?

Program Unit Chairs

Arthur Walker-Jones
Lidar Sapir-Hen

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