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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

The Historical Paul


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Historical Paul section is planning three sessions for 2020, and welcomes proposals for the latter two: 1) A panel of invited papers on Paul as a Pharisee, cosponsored with the Paul within Judaism section. 2) “Epistolary Affects”: Recent scholarship on the affective language of Paul’s letters has generally pursued one of two approaches, focusing either on rhetoric (emotion as a means of persuasion) or philosophy (ancient theories of emotion), and thus has often treated emotions as tools or as concepts rather than embodied affects. For this session, we invite proposals that will reflect on Paul’s letters as affective technologies: How do these texts work to inscribe, evoke, regulate, and cultivate emotions, both the emotions of Paul and of his addressees? We particularly welcome papers that take up this question in conversation with affect theory, the history of emotions, or the broad field of affective science. 3) An open call for papers that address the section’s objective of providing a contextually plausible account of the historical figure Paul.

Program Unit Chairs

Heidi Wendt
Ryan S. Schellenberg

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