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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Meeting Program Units

2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
Requirements for Participation

African-American Biblical Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Inasmuch as 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we will offer sessions for the Annual Meeting that will commemorate this milestone in various ways. One session will be a panel discussion co-sponsored with the Slavery Resistance and Freedom consultation devoted to a critical discussion of the subject of slavery and its ramifications the U.S. social context. Proposals may address biblical, early Christian, or rabbinic literature, or interpretations by enslaved or formerly enslaved persons, by their allies or descendants, or by their opponents, in any period of history. A second session will be an open call for papers that addresses any aspect of African American biblical research. In this session, authors can choose to respond to an optional theme that interrogates the prison-industrial complex, a social construct that arguably functions as a contemporary analogue of American slavery, through mass incarceration and control of black and brown bodies. Authors who choose to respond to this theme might address the specific ways in which biblical authority and values are articulated and manipulated to silence or mute protest against over-regulation of African Americans and others in the criminal justice system. In addition, we will offer a third student-run session that features the work of emerging African American biblical scholars wherein selected students will receive feedback on their papers from the AABH steering committee in preparation for the annual meeting. Please consult the call for proposals in January to learn if there will be opportunities to propose a paper for one of these panels.

Program Unit Chairs

 Love L. Sechrest
 Herbert R. Marbury

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