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2021 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/20/2021
Meeting Ends11/23/2021

Call for Papers Opens: 1/20/2021
Call for Papers Closes: 3/24/2021

Requirements for Participation

John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We invite submissions for an open session on John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts, Ancient and Modern. While we welcome proposals on all aspects of the book of Revelation, we especially invite papers that offer new perspectives on the text, including papers that approach the text from specific hermeneutical contexts, employ innovative approaches to the Apocalypse, and/or offer new perspectives on enduring questions. We also invite papers for an open session on “Revelation and Place.” The session welcomes papers that explore the ways in which John's Apocalypse is interpreted through the theme of place, both in the sense of geographical space and cultural/social location. We welcome papers that explore the significance of place within the narrative of Revelation, including the ways place can contribute to the formation of identity, be hybridized by migration and cultural exchange, and fuel political and/or ideological resistance. We are also interested in papers that consider how place shapes ancient and modern readers and/or hearers of John’s Apocalypse, and we invite papers that explore the topics of identity, borders, displacement, migration, exile, and climate as they relate to the book of Revelation. We will also host a joint session of invited papers with the Intertextuality in the New Testament Section on Revelation 21-22's portrayal of the New Jerusalem.

Program Unit Chairs

Michelle Fletcher
Olivia Stewart Lester

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