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CALL. 20.02.2020: [PANEL 10] Literary Features - Fact or Fiction (EABS) - Wuppertal (Germany)




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The EABS research group 'Literary Features - Fact or Fiction' invites papers for the EABS 2020 meeting in Wuppertal (3-6 August 2020). Deadline for submission is 20th February 2020. Session one: Navigating Overlapping Conceptual Spaces Understanding a text starts with understanding how reading as a process works. One of the issues in this process is the assessment of overlapping conceptual spaces. As an example, one can think of the temple as a material (textual?) anchor for complex projections. There is the actual temple in Jerusalem (a geographical space), the temple service (profane to holy), and the mental sacred space (where both are blended and stored for later use). For a first session, we invite proposals that assess how to navigate overlapping conceptual spaces, such as the aforementioned temple, in the biblical text. Spaces can be but are not limited to sacred space, domestic space, urban space, and landmarks. How do these conceptual construals affect the reading process? Which features in the text may assist the reader in identifying and understanding the overlaps? What is the role of these conceptual spaces in terms of meaning making, both for an ancient and a contemporary audience? Approaches can include cognitive studies, literary studies, spatial studies, as well as any other approach that sheds light on how readers make sense of overlapping conceptual spaces. Session 2: Open call This session is open to all those who address the stylistics of biblical or related ancient Near Eastern texts, as described in the unit' program. All proposals should include a research question, methodology or broader theoretical framework, and (preliminary) findings. More information can be found on or by contacting the chairs of the group: Elizabeth Hayes ( and Karolien Vermeulen ( General information about the conference and how to submit an abstract, see

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