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CALL. 07.03.2018: [Panel 8 at SBL 2018] Meals in HB/OT: Sensing Food and Royal Feasts - Helsinki (Fi




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: (Helsinki, Finland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott ; Dorothea Erbele-Kuester

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The first will be a joint session on “Sensing Food” with the Senses and Culture in the Biblical World unit. This joint panel focuses on sensory aspects of the consumption and preparation of meals in the cultures of the ANE, Hebrew Bible, and Second Temple Judaism. Taste and smell may feature most prominently, but other sensory modalities are also implicated by the visuals, textures, sounds, and the like, that comprise meal experiences. Meals really are multisensory affairs.

We welcome papers that use various approaches (anthropological, philological, archaeological, etc.) to investigate the role of the senses in meal practices. How are the senses and food practices in these cultures mutually influential and constitutive? The abstract should state the paper's thesis, outline the approach that will be taken, and identify the primary sources and examples to be discussed. The second session is an open session that will focus on “Royal Feasts”. We especially welcome investigations that engage with material culture or interpretations of specific biblical and comparative ancient texts. This session will conclude with a respondent; therefore, drafts of accepted papers need to be sent to the section chairs one month prior to the meeting.

The deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time on 3/7/2018. Instructions and submissions can be found at: For questions: please contact co-chairs: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott <> or Dorothea Erbele-Kuester <>.

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