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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

Syriac Studies

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2023 Annual Meeting we invite proposals for three thematic sessions and one general session. (1) For our session on “Crisis, Calamity, and Community Response” we invite papers that explore how Syriac sources represent the responses of communities to situations of disaster (such as earthquakes, famine, plagues, and war) that afflicted entire cities or regions. (2) A second thematic session, “Contending with Scholarly Legacies: Orientalism in the Study of the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean” (co-sponsored with the AAR program unit on Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity) welcomes presentations that critically assess the ways in which our fields (broadly defined) have been shaped by agendas and assumptions of significant orientalist scholars of previous centuries. (3) A session on “The Use of Apocryphal Traditions in Syriac Literature” (co-sponsored with the program unit on Christian Apocrypha) solicits contributions that examine the impact of apocryphal texts on Syriac literature. (4) Our general session welcomes proposals on any aspect of Syriac Studies that pertains to biblical or parabiblical traditions and their reception in Syriac-speaking communities.

Program Unit Chairs

Kristian Heal
Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Ute Possekel

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