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2020 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/21/2020
Meeting Ends11/24/2020

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

Requirements for Participation

Biblical Literature and the Hermeneutics of Trauma


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The topics for 2020 are: 1) Session 1 is an OPEN joint session developed with the “Book of Daniel” program unit and will explore the interpretive intersections of Daniel traditions and trauma studies. Papers may use any Daniel tradition—canonical, pre-canonical, or non-canonical—as a departure point for exploring how the materials relate to historical moments of trauma in specific times, places, and locales or speak into ongoing experiences and perceptions of trauma in lives and communities. The thematic session will conclude with an invited respondent. 2) Session 2 is an OPEN joint session developed with the "Bible and Popular Culture" program unit. We are inviting paper proposals on the intersection between biblical literature and popular culture from the perspective of trauma. Topics could include, but are not limited to: comparative approaches to embodied trauma in biblical literature and popular texts (e.g., film, television, music, graphic novels, theater, fan culture, etc.), the reception history of biblical texts of trauma within popular culture, or the inter-generational imprint of trauma in both biblical literature and popular texts. 3) The third session will consist of invited papers. This session will be a roundtable discussion of recently published works on moral injury that interface with biblical and theological studies. The authors of the books will briefly discuss their works, two scholars of trauma from outside biblical studies will offer responses, and there will be time for panel and audience open discussion.

Program Unit Chairs

David G. Garber, Jr.
LeAnn Snow Flesher

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