Warsaw 2019 Call for Papers
At the 2019 conference in Warsaw, we will focus on practices, rules, and conventions. We invite papers that investigate scribal and argumentative techniques and rules of interpretation, and by extension, how the status of canonical material is negotiated in commentary or fan fiction culture. We welcome papers that deal with questions such as: What conventions govern the use and reuse of motifs, characters, genres and so on in the process of rewriting? And seeing as the rewriting and reception of texts is also a question of power dynamics, who has the “right” to establish and maintain these conventions? How do explicit rules of interpretation as, e.g., formulated in rabbinic literature, compare and contrast with unwritten rules among fans? Papers may investigate the processes of reception and rewriting in an ancient context or focus on modern case studies. We would like presenters to focus on concrete text examples and case studies. We encourage participants to make their contributions in an interdisciplinary environment and to engage with canonical and fan material from a variety of cultures.