A new program unit, the "Bible and Syriac Studies in Context" Section has been established and approved for a first round of six years. It contributes to the work of the International Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. The Section's goal is to "offer a forum for scholars of Syriac and related languages and literatures (including Arabic) to explore the intimate connections between Syriac biblical interpretation, historiography, hagiography, and culture in Oriental Christianity, Judaism, Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam."
For our first meeting at the 2013 International Meeting, St. Andrews, Scotland (July, 7-11, 2013) we invite proposals for "contributions for a panel discussion about the status of Syriac studies, particularly in relation to Biblical studies. Syriac studies has been a vastly expanding field and this panel will offer the opportunity to take stock and see where we are and where we, as a field, are hoping to go. It will also allow us to assess critically and constructively what opportunities there are for cooperation with adjacent fields, and where Syriac studies can spearhead new research initiatives.
We also invite papers from those who wish to address the topics:
a) Syriac manuscripts and Biblical/Scriptural interpretation;
b) history through the lens of Syriac sources;
c) intertextuality in Syriac and Arabic (sacred) texts; and
d) comparative perspectives on the recitation of (sacred) texts.
Papers on topics in the areas of hagiography, monasticism, women, and art/architecture are likewise very welcome.
In addition, we plan to have at least one open-topic session for which we invite papers from anyone interested to contribute."
The "call for papers" has just opened and will remain open until 2/1/2013.
For further information, please see http://www.sbl-site.org/Meetings/Congresses_CallForPapers.aspx?MeetingId=22 and follow the link "Bible and Syriac Studies in Context."
We look forward to your active participation and contribution!
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