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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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Philology in Hebrew Studies

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2020 Annual Meeting, we invite proposals for open sessions. This program unit seeks to address matters of intellectual history (how operative categories of language and its products were generated and shaped over time), and critically engage methods of the major aspects of philology, such as but not limited to poetics, translation theory, lexicography, and textual criticism. The program unit is especially interested in the examination of these methods and their underlying conceptual frameworks, with an eye towards determining how contemporary scholars might better understand ancient texts. In addition to considering submitted proposals whose topics fit broadly with the mission of our program unit, Philology in Hebrew Studies will be sponsoring two special sessions with other program units for which we will invite papers but also welcome additional proposals in response to this open call. SESSION ONE: Masoretic Studies, Philology in Hebrew Studies, and Book History and Biblical Literatures are holding a joint session, "Masoretes, Manuscripts, and Marginalia," on what the Masoretes and later medieval annotators were doing to and with the Bible as a text through their use of marginalia. What sort of product were they producing and for what purposes? What sort of intervention in the history of the Bible as a book did they effect? SESSION TWO: Philology in Hebrew Studies and Senses, Cultures, and Biblical Worlds are holding a joint session, “The Philology of Sense Perception,” investigating the language used to describe sensory events in the Hebrew Bible. What terms are used for sense perception in the Hebrew Bible and what is their relationship to one another? Are there later perspectives on the senses that come to be imposed through the ancient and modern translations of the Hebrew terms? In general, what has been at stake in scholarship on the senses, and how much identity between ancient and modern experiences is generally presumed?

Program Unit Chairs

David Lambert
Jacqueline Vayntrub

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