Tuesday, 13 December 2016

SBL Annual Meeting 2017 Pseudepigrapha CfP

One day early and as a special service to the readers of this blog, the SBL Annual Meeting 2017 Pseudepigrapha Section Call for Papers:

The Pseudepigrapha Section will organize four sessions at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston. The first session in an open session. We invite any paper proposal relevant to the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.

The second session is entitled “Pseudepigrapha and Gender”. We invite papers that explore gendered language, motifs and discourses broadly conceived. We particularly encourage paper proposals that either discuss gendered framing and formatting of key figures in the Pseudepigrapha, or explore the ways in which increased attention to gender may change and add to current debates on pseudonymous attribution to figures.

The Pseudepigrapha Section will organize two sessions entitled “The Impact of Digital Humanities on the Study of Non-Canonical Texts”, co-sponsored with the Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies Consultation and the Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity (AAR). We invite papers that discuss how the Digital Humanities in general, and the ongoing digitization of manuscripts in particular, are influencing the study of non-canonical texts. These texts must fall into the broad category of Pseudepigrapha, or stem from or have been influential in Eastern Late Antiquity, but need not fall into both categories. Important questions to explore include: what new opportunities does digitization provide for the study of non-canonical texts/texts from Eastern Late Antiquity, and does digitization and online availability confirm or challenge canonical divides and academic assessment schemes? Are canonical texts privileged or treated differently than non-canonical texts? Are earlier Western texts prioritized over Eastern Late Antique texts? How does digitization affect the imaginations of literary categories?


  1. Liv, thanks for posting the plans for next year's sessions in Boston. These are all interesting (and important) areas. I will be keen to attend as much of this as possible.

    1. Thank you, Loren. Feel free to propose a paper! I would for instance love to hear more about this palimpsest and the process of recovering the text! http://www.nt2.evtheol.uni-muenchen.de/forschung/henoch/new-text/index.html