Search SBL

Meeting Program Units

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

Ritual in the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ritual in the Biblical World section will offer three sessions in the upcoming 2021 annual meeting. 1) The first session will continue our ongoing discussion on the relationship between ritual and epistemology; in light of this we invite proposals which will address the epistemological function of ritual in the ANE/OT/NT/Late Antiquity. 2) The second session invites proposals on the topic of women in liturgical contexts. This session wishes to engage some of the following questions: What role did women play in liturgical rites? Did they hold positions of authority or leadership in liturgy? Was female participation in liturgy a contentious issue? We welcome submissions that address issues of authority, power, and/or variances in participation based on conceptions of gender as they relate to women in liturgy in the Biblical world. 3) The third session, in conjunction with our interest in ritual and epistemology, is a joint session with the Senses, Cultures and Biblical Worlds section. It will continue the exploration of ritual and epistemology, with focus on the epistemological role of the senses on ritual praxis. This will not be an open call.

Program Unit Chairs

Daniel Belnap
Jade Weimer

Propose a Paper for this Program Unit

If you are a SBL member, you must login before you can propose a paper for this or any other session. Please login by entering your SBL member number on the left in the Login box.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

Questions About Membership?

  • Call 866-727-9955 Toll Free in the US
  • Call 404-727-9498 Outside the US
  • Fax us at 404-727-2419
  • Email us at

© 2022, Society of Biblical Literature. All Rights Reserved.