Wuppertal 2020 Call for Papers
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.
A second session will be open to all those who address the stylistics of biblical or related ancient Near Eastern texts, as described in the unit’s program. Proposals should include a research question, methodology or broader theoretical framework, and (preliminary) findings.