Sacred Troubling Topics in the Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an: ACLA, Utrech, Netherlands, July 6-9, 2017

deadline for submissions: 
September 23, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
American Comparative Literature Association
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE LOCATION, DATE: Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 6-9

Abrahamic sacred texts continue to inspire a diversity of scholarship that seeks to transform the ancient into the contemporary, the remote into the immediate, and the distant into the visceral experience. This seminar of 3 panels takes that process into the examination of troubling topics, often overlooked, yet found in the Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an. Building from foundational texts, other sacred works such as Talmud, Apocrypha, Patristics, and Hadith as well as philosophy and contemporary scholarship can be brought into play. Views from global perspectives are enthusiastically invited so as to better contribute to diversity and freshness of the dialogue. Some presenters may focus on one sacred text and the ancillary works; others may contextualize all three sacred texts. Although the goal is to present a spectrum of insights, the strategy is text-based and ruminations spring from textual pericope. Suggested troubling topics include but are not limited to the following: racism, domestic violence, purity/impurity, polemics, asceticism, atonement, figural readings, suicide, sexuality, unbeliever, LGBTQ, misogyny, trickster, humor, fallible prophet, good vs./and evil, self-denial, spying, deception, change. This panel continues an exploratory tradition begun with Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture (Brill 2009). Submit a 250 word proposal via the ACLA website between 9/1-23/16. Contact Roberta Sabbath for questions, comments, and your proposal ideas.


Early July 2016 seminar cfp's post on the ACLA website. 

September 1-23, 2016, each panelist submits a paper proposal through the ACLA website dedicated to the Sacred Troubling Topics Seminar. 

September 24-30, seminar chairs submit to ACLA paper proposals for the 3 seminars. 

Early November, ACLA notifies seminar and panelists regarding acceptance.