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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

Documentary Texts and Literary Interpretation


Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Documentary Texts and Literary Interpretation (DTLI) unit welcomes paper proposals for an open session that focuses on a documentary textual source or dataset from the ancient world and its value for interpreting an ancient literary passage, particularly a literary work composed or used by ancient religious communities, such as from the HB/OT, Apocrypha, NT, the Iliad, Egyptian Book of the Dead, Enuma Elish, etc. Papers that (1) illustrate a critical (e)valuation of the documentary text(s), (2) show how the documentary source(s) may be responsibly used to frame the study of a literary work, and (3) that provide a new insight into the literary passage are highly desired. The DTLI loosely defines a documentary textual source as a surviving textual artifact that can be historically contextualized, preferably by an archaeological context or by a convincing argument made on material, scientific, and/or acquisitional grounds. A second invited session is planned. An additional open call for a co-sponsored session with the Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies is accepting papers: Using Digital Tools in the Study of Documentary Sources: Paper proposals are invited for one open session, hosted jointly by the Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies and the DTLI units, on the topic: Using Digital Tools in the Study of Documentary Sources. We especially welcome papers that reflect on research processes related to the study of biblical literature that make use of multiple online and digital repositories of ancient documentary sources. Papers should have a strong focus on introducing digital research tools and workflows that may not be familiar to a general biblical studies crowd. Some assessment of the quality of digital and computational research tools generally and specifically in the presenter's field of study would also be appreciated.

Program Unit Chairs

Bronson Brown-deVost
James D. Moore

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