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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

Requirements for Participation

Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Sociorhetorical interpretation is a broad, interactive interpretive analytic that welcomes engagement with a wide variety of interpretive perspectives and strategies that explore biblical and cognate texts. Our first session will be the New Horizons in Sociorhethorical Interpretation track where a panel will review Andrew Guffey's The Book of Revelation and the Visual Culture of Asia Minor: A Concurrence of Images. The second session will be an Analytical Seminar that considers sociorehtorical commentary on a particular book of the New Testament. In addition to these two regular track sessions, the Seminar issues an open Call for Papers that engage biblical and cognate texts within the broad scope of sociorhetorical interpretation. Sociorhetorical interpretation is a heuristic analytic that features the analysis of pictorial reasoning, the blending of various religious discourses, the multiple textures of a text, and the rhetorical force of emergent structures. Papers are welcome to employ a wide variety of classical and contemporary interpretive strategies (e.g., cognitive science, material culture, critical spatiality, topoi analysis, new institutional economics, affect theory, etc.) within an interactive process that explores the social, rhetorical, cultural, ideological, and religious interpretations of texts.

Program Unit Chairs

Donghyun Jeong
Rosemary Canavan

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