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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.
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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

Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies Section will offer three sessions at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Two of the sessions will be co-sponsored with other program units. Proposals are welcome for these two sessions. (1) For an open session co-sponsored with the Joshua-Judges Section, we are looking for papers that examine Joshua-Judges through the lens of postcolonial theory, broadly conceived. We are especially interested in papers that explore (a) the ancient imperial/colonial context of these books, with possible reference to the question of nationhood and law, or (b) the use of Joshua-Judges within the modern colonial enterprise. Papers should include engagement with specific texts from the books themselves. (2) For a partially open session co-sponsored with the AAR's Bible, Theology, and Postmodernity group, we invite proposals that explore the relationship between postcoloniality and disability studies, as this intersection has been recently emerging within literature (e.g., Salman Rushdie) and in theory (e.g., Ato Quayson) as well as in transhumanist figuration. We are looking for papers that express the significance of this relationship for biblical and theological studies. (3) For our third session, which will focus on the influence of Fernando Segovia's application of postcolonial studies to biblical studies, all of the speakers will be invited.

Program Unit Chairs

 Christopher D. Stanley
 Yak-Hwee Tan

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