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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

Syriac Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2021 conference, we invite proposals for a general session, for which papers on any aspect of Syriac Studies are welcome; and two thematic sessions: on Syriac poetics, and on death and dying in late antique Syriac Christianity. For poetics, we are interested in how the two primary metrical forms of Syriac literature, madrashe and memre, developed during late antiquity, in what contexts, for what performative uses, with what consequences for content, and how they relate to other poetical genres. Papers are invited to address these matters and their implications for the literary, social and cultural issues of late antique Christianity more broadly. The third session, on death and dying, aims to broaden the discourse beyond the common focus on martyrdom as a lens for considering death by turning to more personal and direct encounters. Scholars are invited to submit proposals that address issues of death and dying as we see it presented in Syriac evidence, through any extant evidence: literary, material, archaeological, documentary.

Program Unit Chairs

Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Ute Possekel

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