Frauke Uhlenbruch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This group invites papers which engage with the possibilities of discussing biblical literature informed by Science Fiction (SF). Proposals for papers are invited that apply specific works, tropes, or theories from SF to consider whether new insights can be derived from applying concepts of SF to biblical concepts or passages.
Using the concept of SF is a multidisciplinary approach. We encourage proposals from Bible scholars with an interest in SF, but also particularly from scholars in disciplines such as cultural studies, literature, sociology, film/media studies or even engineering and physics. In 2014 we expand our scope to also include considerations about religion and ethics, which may not be directly linked to a specific biblical passage or concept.
Call for Papers — 2015 Cordoba
In 2015 there will be one themed session and one open session. In addition, there is a collaboration with the Archaeology of the Levant group.
The themed session invites papers on contemporary dystopian apocalypses and biblical literatures. Many different approaches are possible to the contemporary phenomenon of dystopias, which often describe apocalyptic scenarios and their aftermath – the Zombie apocalypse, environmental collapse, cultural amnesia due to a data-loss event or misinformation, or the rise of destructive Artificial Intelligences. Papers are invited which engage with the themes of dystopia, destruction, forgetting, downfall – in short, the end of the world as we know it and the worlds that are imagined to appear afterwards. Papers might, for example, bring case studies from contemporary culture (fiction and non-fiction) and ancient cultures into a dialogue.
For our 2015 open session strongly interdisciplinary and/or explorative proposals are especially encouraged, but any proposal in line with the group’s programme is welcome.
Special session: Visualisations of temples
The “Archaeology of the Levant” research group invites papers about archaeology of religion, temple architecture, and its functions. This session invites cross-over papers, touching on subjects like, for example, the visualisation of sacred space, the use and design of rituals and ritual objects in science fiction film, literature, and also in visual arts in general. Those interested in proposing a paper on this topic should contact the chairs of the “Archaeology of the Levant” research group, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently working on a small edited collection of articles about Science Fiction and specific case studies from the Hebrew Bible.
The SF&B group met for the first time as a research group (and the second time overall) at EABS/ISBL in Vienna in July 2014.
Harold Vedeler: “Science Fiction, the Bible, and the Narrative Method”
Collin Cornell: “Making Strange the Bible: Historical Criticism and Science Fiction”
Frauke Uhlenbruch: “Genesis 22 with Rushkoff and Auerbach: Rebelling with the Bible, Rebelling against the Bible”
Francis Landy: “Seers, Fictions, and Other Worlds”
Steven Schweitzer: “Teaching Science Fiction and Theology: Reflections and Possibilities”
Rebecca Raphael: “Shining Like Stars: Bodies of Light in Second Temple Literature and Science Fiction”
Eva Miller: “Invasion of the Body Defiler: Impurity and Contagion in Leviticus and Science Fiction”
Paraskevi Arapoglou: “‘Blind but Seeing’? Illusioned Sight or Disillusioned Blindness in Biblical Narratives and Saramago’s ‘Blindness'”
Call for papers 2014
For our meeting in Vienna in 2014 (July 6th-10th), we accept proposals for papers which look at a specific passage or concept in biblical literature informed by SF (theory or a specific work or genre within SF). In addition to this, we expand our scope to invite considerations about religion and ethics (in conjunction with SF), which may not be directly linked to a specific biblical passage.
Ian D. Wilson (University of Alberta): “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to rule by the sense of smell! Superhuman kingship in the prophetic books”
Tom Hull (Monash University): “Anamnesis and intercession in 3 Enoch and Philip K. Dick’s The Divine Invasion”
Raymond Edward Morehouse (University of St. Andrews): “Pauline Theology and Ice-Nine: How Kurt Vonnegut Jr. helps us articulate the importance of theological anthropology”
Ryan Higgins (Jewish Theological Seminary): “Of gods and monsters: supernatural beings in the Uncanny Valley”
Paraskevi Arapoglou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): “Apocalyps(e)ing Apocalypto: reception of eschatological hope on the verge of environmental degradation”
(Trailer for 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsU5dfACAYM)