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Meeting Program Units

2012 Annual Meeting

Chicago, IL

Meeting Begins: 11/16/2012
Meeting Ends: 11/20/2012

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.


Call For Papers Opens: 2/8/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2012
Requirements for Participation

African-American Biblical Hermeneutics


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The specific purpose of the African American Biblical Hermeneutics Section (AABHS) is to engage in the interdisciplinary and holistic study of the Bible and its place in a multi-faceted and complex African-American cultural Weltanschauung. AABHS will offer three sessions for the 2012 Annual Meeting. We will offer one session that will be an open call for paper proposals that address any aspect of African American biblical research. In this session, authors can choose to respond to an optional theme addressing the intersection of power, hierarchy, and sexuality. Authors who choose to respond to this theme might address the specific ways in which biblical authority is articulated and manipulated to support frequently all-male church hierarchies, which may exhibit abusive patterns with reference to money, lack of transparency in governing, or physical and sexual abuse. A second session entitled “Grace and Ethnicity in Paul” will be offered in partnership with the Pauline Soteriology group and will review the book A Former Jew: Paul and the Dialectics of Race by Love Sechrest. A third and final session is also a joint session, this one co-hosted in partnership with the Consultation on Freedom and Resistance. This joint session solicits papers that explore the personhood of the enslaved, attending to forms of resistance, agency, gender, kinship, and family. 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. 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

Rodney Sadler
Love L. Sechrest

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