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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

Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts section will hold three sessions at the 2019 meeting. The FIRST SESSION is an OPEN session, with a call for papers that focus on the formative influence of performance on the production of texts, the performance of such texts in ancient contexts, the representation of oral performance in written texts, and performance-related features embedded in biblical and other ancient texts. THE SECOND SESSION—Performance Criticism of Texts of Trauma—is an OPEN session, organized jointly with the Program Unit of Biblical Literature and the Hermeneutics of Trauma. Paper submissions are welcomed that use performance critical techniques to inspire the imagination of time, place, and circumstance of traumatic issues such as exile, enslavement, imperial oppression, divine inaction and explore the movement from performance to text to performance. Papers that address the role of the audience or of audience engagement are encouraged. The THIRD SESSION is organized jointly with the Program Unit of the Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media with the theme of the Hermeneutics of Sound and Biblical Texts. This session will address such issues as sound mapping, linguistic studies, and auditory analysis. The papers for this session are INVITED and will feature discussion on literature from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.

Program Unit Chairs

Bernhard Oestreich
Lee A. Johnson

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