Bible and Cultural Studies
Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes
Call For Papers: In conjunction with a number of program units, Bible and Cultural Studies will host four shorter sessions on "Memory, Forgetting, and Orality." Papers and workshops will consider how the study of memory, forgetting, and orality have impacted biblical studies, both theoretically and practically. These sessions will explore how particular approaches to memory, forgetting, and orality have been employed within scriptures and as practices surrounding scriptures, and we will be especially attentive to how communities negotiate memory, forgetting, and orality across dynamics of power (e.g. historical, linguistic, racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual, differently-abled, human/non-human dynamics). We will examine how memory, forgetting, and orality have framed and been understood, contextualized, theorized, and practiced in the Bible, in its interpretation, and in its political and religious uses. The sessions will comprise a panel on memory, forgetting, and orality, a "study together" session that will be open to everyone, a pedagogy session, and a mentoring session.
For our second session, we invite papers that address the theme of “(Fair) Trade in and of Scriptures.” Trade is a pervasive theme in many biblical texts, and trade has shaped biblical texts and scriptural traditions. We are requesting papers that examine the relationship between scriptures and trade, and especially papers that attend to relationships between scriptural texts and contemporary debates and discussions about fair trade. How have trade and practices of trade shaped biblical texts and the practices that surround them? In what ways have biblical texts and other scriptural traditions and practices been shaped by trade? How have biblical texts and other scriptural traditions shaped trade? What are the connections between trade and scriptures? What is “fair trade,” and what relationships exist between contemporary conceptualizations of fair trade and the bible?
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