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2020 Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Begins11/29/2020
Meeting Ends12/11/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

Requirements for Participation

Psychology and Biblical Studies

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Our long-term theme Facing Life's Crises: Reading Biblical Texts from a Psychological Perspective, and this year's concluding focus on issues around Ageing, Death and Mourning as depicted in the Bible. As always, we a named psychologist or psychological theory or approach must be included in the paper and abstract and we request that reference to the biblical languages be included where relevant. As this is a Seminar unit, we remind proposers that full versions of the papers and the relevant seven-minute summaries will be required from presenters FOUR WEEKS in advance of the Annual Meeting. Our current plan is to compile the papers of the three years’ Seminars into a book published by SBL and ask presenters to bear that in mind. Our emailing list (Friends of PsyBibs) will be circulated with the accepted papers in advance of the Meeting, where they will be briefly summarised and then discussed in earnest by all present. Anyone else wishing to receive the papers should email the Co-Chairs in order to join the emailing list:, We are further creating a joint session with Mind, Society, and Religion: Cognitive Science Approaches to the Biblical World, titled : "Psychological and Cognitive. Here, we invite papers that apply at least one psychological theory or cognitive science of religion (CSR) theory or approach to the study of ageing, death and mourning as depicted in the Bible or biblical world. Relevant topics include but are not limited to research on the sense of self when ageing, perceptions of the agency and personhood of the deceased, commemorative practices and interactions with funerary spaces, places, and objects, and rituals of mourning and grief as coping and as responses to crises. Proposals should identify the text(s) and/or artefacts to be examined and state clearly how psychological and/or CSR theories and approaches are utilized in the presentation. Reference to the ancient languages should be included where

Program Unit Chairs

prof. Flavia Soldano Deheza
Heather A. McKay

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