CFP: Sacred Troubling Topics in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an

CFP: Sacred Troubling Topics in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an

AAR-SW Friends,

Dr. Roberta Sabbath is seeking panelists to participate in the upcoming American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting on Mar 7-10 at Georgetown University. The proposed seminar topic focuses on the Sacred Troubling Topics in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an. Potential participants are advised to contact Dr. Sabbath at Formal paper proposals may be submitted via the ACLA Website ( fromn Aug 30-Sep 20, 2018. Below is the full CFP:


ANNUAL CONFERENCE LOCATION, DATE: March 7-10, 2019, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

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 three 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, textual satire, and the arts may be brought into play. Views from global perspectives are enthusiastically invited so as to better contribute to the diversity and freshness of the dialogue. One or more texts may serve as focus. 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: Gender & Sexuality, Body & Appearance, Women & Feminism, Death & Mourning, Life & Humor, Crime & Disobedience, and Intersectionality. This seminar continues an exploratory tradition begun with Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture (Brill 2009). Contact Roberta Sabbath with questions, musings, and your proposal ideas at


July 2018 seminar cfp posted on the ACLA website (ACLA.ORG)

AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, each panelist submits a paper proposal through the ACLA (ACLA.ORG) website dedicated to the Sacred Troubling Topics in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an Seminar.

END OF SEPTEMBER 2018 seminar chair submits panels populated by panelists to ACLA.

EARLY NOVEMBER ACLA notifies seminar chair and panelists regarding acceptance.

Contact Info:

Roberta Sabbath, Ph.D.

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