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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

Mind, Society, and Religion: Cognitive Science Approaches to the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year we will host two sessions. For the first session we invite proposals that address the conceptualization of disease, disability, and/or frailty in biblical and cognate literature. Abstracts should indicate how the depiction of the physical condition or the afflicted body contributes to management of the condition, whether psychologically, medically/therapeutically, or socially. As always, we especially welcome papers that employ cognitive or social theory in their analysis. The second session, jointly sponsored with the Psychology and Biblical Studies Seminar will address Ageing, Death, and Mourning as depicted in the Bible. Papers for this session are already chosen. They will be circulated in advance of the Meeting, where they will be briefly summarised and then discussed in earnest by all present. Anyone wishing to receive the papers should email the Chair ( in order to join the emailing list.

Program Unit Chairs

Colleen Shantz
Frederick S. Tappenden
Rikard Roitto

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