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2020 International Meeting

Adelaide, Australia

Meeting Begins7/5/2020
Meeting Ends7/9/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 10/23/2019
Call for Papers Closes: 1/29/2020

Requirements for Participation

Performance Criticism of the Bible: Texts, Tradition, and Identity


Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Performance Criticism of the Bible—Texts, Tradition, and Identity unit is hosting TWO OPEN sessions at the 2020 meeting. The FIRST session will focus on indigenous communities whose traditions customarily include storytelling and the transmission of myths. The performance-critical discussion is expected to take up insights applicable to interpretation of the biblical texts that observation of indigenous rituals from Australia and the Pacific can evoke, including ritual and identity from the perspective of a minority people; preservation of cosmological perspectives through storytelling; and adaptation of ancient oral traditions to interpret new cultural experiences. The SECOND session invites papers that focus on the formative influence of performance on the production of biblical 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.

Program Unit Chairs

Jin H. Han
Lee A. Johnson

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