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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

Writing/Reading Jeremiah


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Writing/Reading Jeremiah group serves as a space for new readings and constructions of meaning with the book of Jeremiah "this side" of historicist paradigms and postmodernism. We welcome all strategies of reading Jeremiah that seek to reconfigure, redeploy, and move beyond conventional readings of Jeremiah. Our manifesto: not by compositional history alone, nor biographical portrayal alone, nor their accompanying theological superstructures; rather, we seek interpretation from new spaces opened for reading Jeremiah by the postmodern turn. In 2019, the Writing/Reading Jeremiah section will have three sessions. Two of these sessions will consist of a combination of invited papers as well as papers selected in response to the Call to Papers. In the first session "Writing to Survive," we call for papers on representations of writing as resistance and writing for survival in Jeremiah. This includes the role of Jeremiah and Jeremianic writings in the survival of both a people and the word. Jeremiah, the prophet to whom the word repeatedly comes, is also a prophet repeatedly caught in the acts of dictating and writing. These acts, which at times seek to obliterate and condemn seek also the survival of the community, not least through the survival of the word. Thus despite (or perhaps because of) the book’s occasional expressions of anxiety about writing (e.g., Jer 8:8), it could be said to reward the pen of the scribe a key place in the posterity of the people. In the second session, "Innovating Jeremiah," we invite papers that reflect on and illustrate new trends, theoretical perspectives and interpretative frameworks that can be characterized as innovative in their ability to read the book of Jeremiah in new ways, generate novel interpretations and challenge interpretative boundaries. A third session will be dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Pete Diamond with the first recipient of the Pete Diamond award delivering a paper followed by an invited panel.

Program Unit Chairs

Juliana L. Claassens
Mark Brummitt

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