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Meeting Program Units

2019 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/23/2019
Meeting Ends11/26/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2019

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 2019 meeting. Please indicate the session of interest in your abstract. 1) At least one open session, welcoming paper proposals on any aspect of health and disability related to the Bible. 2)The Experience of Pain: Body, Sense, and Violence - This session explores intersections between the sensory experience of pain in antiquity, how pain writes itself on the body, and how the threat and experience of pain relates to violence. We invite papers exploring: a) whether pain is construed as a separate sense, or as part of touch, what role tactility (the capacity of touching or being touched) plays in the experience of pain, but also how pain relates to and/or affects, other senses; b) how the experience of pain shapes the body and the self, either in relation to the making of an individual pain narrative, changing the body physically (scarring, illness, disability), or the way in which pain is distinct from questions of identity around illness and disability c) how the experience or threat of pain effects social interaction between self and other, especially the fact that pain is often accompanied by discourses or practices of violence. This session is co-sponsored by: Senses and Culture, Violence and Representations of Violence, and Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World. 3) Project in Progress Workshop: The Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World Section, in collaboration with the working group ReMedHe (Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity) invite submissions of article or book length projects (proposals) for a workshop that will offer individualized and group responses to the idea and offer suggestions for its development and implementation. The proposals for this workshop will be pre-circulated to formal respondents in June, and then will be briefly summarized (12min) at the annual meeting before they are workshopped in small groups.

Program Unit Chairs

Chris de Wet
Meghan Henning

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