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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

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Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts unit will host two sessions at the Boston meeting. The first is a joint session with the Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media unit that features the work of Richard Schechner, noted performance theorist from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and pioneer of the discipline of Performance Studies. Dr. Schechner will open the session with a presentation regarding the roots and development of Performance Theory and will formally respond to two invited papers (including one performance of Paul’s letter to the Philippians) on performance theory from members of the respective sections. The session will conclude with an open discussion in which all three participants invite questions and comments from those in attendance. The second session of the Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts unit is an OPEN session, and we seek submissions that examine the formative influence of performance on the creation of texts, the performance of such texts in ancient contexts, and the representation of oral performance in written texts. For this session, we encourage papers with a focus on the theoretical aspect of Performance Criticism of the Bible (PCB), that explore such issues as the definition of PCB and the boundaries of PCB.

Program Unit Chairs

Bernhard Oestreich
Lee A. Johnson

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