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Meeting Program Units

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

Prayer in Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2020, the Prayer in Antiquity unit will host three sessions. The first is a joint session with the Bible and Emotion unit on the topic of prayer and emotion in antiquity. Relevant questions of interest include: How are emotions described and expressed in prayers? What role do emotions have in the experiencing of prayers at the individual or group level? What are the best approaches for examining prayer and emotion in antiquity? What role do emotions play in how a prayer might participate in the formation of the self? Proposals should move beyond a strictly form-critical understanding of prayers and give an explicit description of the approach being used. Papers evaluating and assessing one or more methods to use for studying prayer and emotion are especially welcome. Selected papers will have an invited respondent. The Prayer in Antiquity unit will also host a second session which is a special-themed session on Praying with Material Objects. Proposals should engage the topic of material objects as forms of prayer, material objects associated with praying, or the materiality of prayer texts. Submissions should highlight the text and the material object(s) that are being examined, and also the methodological approach that will be taken in the paper. The third session will be a totally open session for papers that fit the section description. Priority will be given to proposals that move beyond historical- and form-critical methodologies and understand prayer as some form of embodied practice.

Program Unit Chairs

Angela Kim Harkins
Daniel K. Falk

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