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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

Book History and Biblical Literatures

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This unit investigates how insights from Book History illuminate scriptural literatures. We gather scholars of Hebrew Bible/ANE, Judaism, Christianity, Nag Hammadi, Syriac studies, and modernity in a theoretical and historical conversation about the culturally contingent concepts of text, authorship, readership, publication, and materiality. We are accepting abstracts for two panels, with one additional panel of invited papers. The first panel is an open call: we are interested in new work engaging with questions of Book History, broadly conceived, and are particularly hoping to highlight the work of early career researchers, junior scholars, and graduate students. Our hope is to identify new trends and ideas, giving them space to interact and grow into the field. Our second panel is a riff on a retrospective book review. Hindy Najman's Seconding Sinai was published twenty years ago. We are interested in the ways that this book has inspired, shaped, and changed the field, both in traditional and completely unexpected directions (and disciplines). We invite abstracts for papers that put Seconding Sinai into conversation with another book (published before or since), revealing new insights about old texts, ideas, methods, and tools, or suggesting promising avenues for future study. Finally, an invited panel on the topic “The Critical Edition as Infrastructure” will build on a generative session at the previous annual meeting, charging panelists with the task of analyzing the genesis and reception of specific critical editions of ancient texts within their social and cultural contexts.

Program Unit Chairs

Matthew D. C. Larsen
Daniel Picus

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