Wuppertal 2020 Call for Papers
For the 2020 Annual Conference in Wuppertal, the Emotions and the Biblical World research group will focus on the study of emotions in rabbinic literature. Having a very strong legalistic component, this literature and its culture do not philosophise or theorise emotions per se. In view of this, the intention is to explore how emotions are represented in these texts and perceived in the larger culture. Methodology is thus crucial, since it determines how we unearth the emotionality where it is not always explicitly discussed.
Furthermore, rabbinic literature evolves in constant interaction between legal matters and biblical and other narratives. We are therefore also interested in papers that explore how emotions of biblical protagonists are adapted, reworked, and interpreted in rabbinic culture.
We welcome paper proposals on any aspect of emotions and rabbinic literature/culture, taking into account the above considerations. In addition, we plan to hold an invited session which will discuss methods and approaches to rabbinic emotions.
And finally, we will feature an open session, for which we invite submissions on a range of themes in keeping with the goals of this unit.