Call For Papers 2023

General

CALLS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Online, open-access Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology

Website: https://jjar.huji.ac.il/
E-mail Submission: jjar@mail.huji.ac.il

The Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is proud to introduce its new online, open-access journal Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology (https://jjar.huji.ac.il/). Following an early run of three special issues, the journal now invites articles for its first full-fledged volume.

The Journal seeks papers dealing with all aspects of the ancient Near East and Levantine archaeology from the Lower Paleolithic to the present. It particularly welcomes papers that engage in interdisciplinary and experimental thought on themes like cultural evolution, religion, aesthetics, economy, environment, texts, art, geomorphology, etc.

As an online, university-based journal, JJAR strives for rapid, high-quality, and speedy publication. It does not charge processing fees and implements a rigorous double-blind peer-review process.

For more information on the journal and its procedures, please consult our About and Guide for Authors pages. For any questions and queries, please contact us at jjar@mail.huji.ac.il.

January

CALLS FOR hPAPERS: "Ancient Jewish and Christian Apocalypses: Inquiry into Their Prophetic Roots"

Call for Papers Deadline: 5th of January 2023 (23:59 CET).
Workshop Date: The Workshop will take place within the EABS Annual Conference 2023 in Syracuse, Sicily from the 10th to the 13th of July 2023.
E-mails: luc.bulundwe@unige.ch, priscille.marschall@unil.ch, daniel.maier2@uzh.ch

The EABS Workshop “Ancient Jewish and Christian Apocalypses: Inquiry into Their Prophetic Roots” welcomes abstracts for possible papers. The workshop will take place within the EABS Annual Conference 2023 in Syracuse, Sicily from the 10th to the 13th of July 2023.

The conference is planned as a hybrid meeting and presentations can be given virtually or in-person on-site. Please submit your abstract at www.eabs.net until the 5th of January 2023 (23:59 CET).

Program
In the study of Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature, it is often suggested that they are in some way rooted in Jewish prophetic literature. Harold Henry Rowley (The Relevance of Apocalyptic, 1963) goes as far as calling it “the child of prophecy”. This workshop aims at exploring how these two literary genres relate, with emphasis on identifying both continuities and discontinuities. To what extent can Jewish and Christian apocalypses—canonical and non-canonical—be seen as heirs of Jewish prophetic literature? This issue shall be addressed from various angles: what is prophetic and apocalyptic literature? Are there specific apocalyptic and/or prophetic concerns? Do they relate with each other? What about the respective background (social, political, historical, etc.) of these texts? What are the literary characteristics of each of these genres, including the strategies of authority employed? To what extent does the figure of the seer parallel the figure of the (Israelite) prophet? Can one identify prophets in early Christianity? Further, could the study of divination practices in other cultural contexts (e.g., Greek and Roman) help us to grasp the framework of this topic? Can we find examples in which prophetic and apocalyptic genres interplay? As these questions illustrate, the issue of the boundaries between the prophetic and the apocalyptic literary genres guides our workshop. In this respect, we are also interested in asking if we can identify elements that draw a clear line of separation between these two genres. Or, are the boundaries rather vague in practice, meaning that we should better think about this relationship in terms of a continuum?

Call for Papers 2023
For this workshop, we welcome papers that explore the link between prophetic and apocalyptic literature, in terms of continuities and discontinuities. We wish to pay particular attention to the issue of the boundaries between these two literary genres, with the underlying question of how apocalypses (either Jewish or Christian) are rooted, or not, in Jewish prophetic literature. Papers may address any aspect of this link, e.g., social, political and religious contexts of production, comparison between the figure of the seer and that of the prophet, literary strategies of authority, respective concerns and topics that these two literary genres address (such as cosmic and human battles, divine election, conceptions of temporality, eschatology, etc.). Speakers can either focus on a particular text (whether an apocalypse or an apocalyptic passage within a prophetic book) or a small group of texts, or explore the topic more transversally by crossing elements from different texts and traditions.


CALLS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: "Computational Perspectives on Ancient Near Eastern Literature, Art and Material Culture" (Jerusalem, Feb 19-21)

Call for Papers Deadline: January 20, 2023
Conference Date: 21st February 2023
Location: Jerusalem
Abstract Submission: https://forms.gle/QxDQ8xHE55iscM5W9
E-mail Submission: luissaenzs@gmail.com, digpasts@gmail.com

First conference of the Digital Ancient Near Eastern Studies (DANES) network Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ariel University 19th - 21st February 2023

In recent decades, the rich cultural heritage of the Near East is undergoing a digital revolution. Comprehensive online repositories have made the digital publishing of artefacts in 2D images, interactive 3D models, as well as text editions, a more sustainable common practice. Furthermore, computational analyses of ancient Near Eastern artefacts, texts and art, are starting to become more prevalent, applying quantitative analyses, natural language processing (NLP) or machine learning (ML), to answer questions about these complex ancient civilizations.

The conference, “Computational Perspectives on Ancient Near Eastern Literature, Art and Material Culture'', aims to establish a professional network for Digital Ancient Near Eastern Studies (DANES). This will consolidate the successes of recent initiatives led by different research centres, and discuss how best to integrate computational approaches and digital humanities research for ancient Near Eastern texts, art and artefacts. Lastly, we will Incorporate into these discussions a critical perspective on the use of computational methods for text analysis, as well the visual analysis of ancient Near Eastern objects. This conference will include invited long and short talks, an in retrospect section, and poster presentations.

This call invites students and scholars to present their original research as a poster in the conference, either remotely or in person, on the application of one or more of the following methodologies and issues:
Preprocessing ancient Near Eastern texts and artefacts Applying linked open data (LOD) conventions 2D and 3D imaging Machine learning for low resource datasets Computational text analysis and natural language processing (NLP) Computer vision and optical character recognition (OCR) Critical debates on the use of computational methods for ancient sources

We ask you to submit an abstract by the 20th of January 2023, describing your research poster in 750 words (references excluded) at the following link: https://forms.gle/QxDQ8xHE55iscM5W9.
The abstracts will undergo a review process by the organizing committee. Accepted posters will be published on the conference website. The committee will also choose the three best posters by students or early career scholars to receive partial funding for attending the conference.
The poster session will take place on Monday, February 20th at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University.
For any questions please contact Luis Sáenz at luissaenzs@gmail.com or the digital pasts lab at digpasts@gmail.com

February

Call for Papers: The Archaeology of Purity and Impurity ('Atiqot 113)

Call for Papers Deadline: February 1, 2023.
E-mail Submission: atiqot@israntique.org.il.

This Call for Papers is the fourth for the new format of ‘Atiqot. As of March 2023, ‘Atiqot will become a thematic journal, publishing volumes dedicated to specific topics related to the archaeology of Israel from the protohistoric to Ottoman periods. The topics will be chosen by the journal’s Editorial Board based on excavation reports from the IAA database, which will be complemented by articles on special artifacts and research articles. IAA employees and researchers from outside the organization can respond to the Call for Papers and submit articles on selected artifacts and research articles. The articles will be double-blind peer-reviewed and upon approval, will be edited for language in the IAA Publications Department. The journal will be published in English only, both online (Open Access) and in print.

The Editorial Board of ‘Atiqot will consider only original, unpublished articles, which were not submitted for publication elsewhere.

`Atiqot 113 will focus on The Archaeology of Purity and Impurity. The distinction between clean and unclean is a common phenomenon in human societies, with different groups developing different means of separation between these two realms. These are usually rendered in textual sources, providing insights into practices associated with purity and impurity. Archaeological research may aid in our understanding how ancient societies coped with the implications of impurity in daily life, how impurity was contained, and what rituals were practiced to transform the impure to pure. Issues connected to this topic will greatly contribute to our understanding of religious and social histories of societies.

This volume will include final reports of excavations where archaeological finds relating to social practices of purification and observance of purity were unearthed; articles presenting artifacts or installations that are related to practices of purification; and research articles relating to the rituals and reasoning behind the observance of purity.

Papers should be prepared according to `Atiqot guidelines. Please submit your article by email at atiqot@israntique.org.il.. Articles will be accepted until May 1, 2023. Authors will be notified of acceptance via email within a maximum of three months.

For more information concerning the journal requirements or any other questions, please contact the Editorial Board: atiqot@israntique.org.il.

Reminder: We are still accepting papers for `Atiqot 112: Ancient Hoards, Caches and Deposits. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2023.

Please Note: Future issues set to appear in 2024 will include:

`Atiqot 114 (March 2024): Wine and Drinking Habits in Antiquity

`Atiqot 115 (June 2024): Rural Life in the Southern Levant

`Atiqot 116 (September 2024): Cult and Religion

`Atiqot 117 (December 2024): Burials and Burial Practices

July

CRINT Essay Prize in Early Jewish and Christian Studies

Call for Papers Deadline: July 1, 2023
E-mail Submission: crintessay@gmail.com

The Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum (CRINT) Foundation invites submissions for its bi-annual Essay Prize, to be awarded to the best paper on a topic related to the early history of Jews and Christians.

Any essay illuminating how Jews and Christians shared and/or developed their own traditions and identities during the first six centuries CE is eligible. Rabbinic literature and culture have long been areas of special focus of CRINT and submissions that in some way engage or draw on these fields of study are therefore especially welcomed.

The amount of the prize is €1000. (Post-)graduate students and scholars who received their PhD no earlier than 2018 are eligible.

In order to participate, submit an essay not exceeding 10,000 words (including footnotes; a bibliography is not necessary) to Dr. Matthijs den Dulk (crintessay@gmail.com) by July 1, 2023.

The essay must be anonymized, written in English and has not have been previously published. Submissions will be judged with particular attention to originality, significance, persuasiveness of argumentation and clarity of expression.

The 2023 jury consists of Profs. Katell Berthelot, Michal Bar-Asher Siegal and Joshua Schwartz.

The CRINT Foundation supports Open Access, and additional funds may be made available to help cover article processing charges for the prizewinning essay.