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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

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

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: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
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Reading, Theory, and the Bible

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Reading, Theory, and the Bible invites proposals for two sessions this year. One session will focus on Borges and the Bible. Jorge Luis Borges has long been a familiar presence in critical theory. Perhaps most famously Foucault notes in his preface to The Order of Things that he was inspired by “the laughter that shattered, as I read [a passage from Borges], all the familiar landmarks of my thought.” Proposals are welcome for papers that read Borges in (similarly destabilizing) conversation with biblical studies, theory, and/or Bible. Papers concerning the Bible in Borges’ work will be considered too, especially those emphasizing such Borgesian tropes and concepts as: heterodoxy, translation, textuality, undecidability, and (in Zizek’s terms) the "counter-story." The second session is open and proposals are welcome for papers that engage contemporary theory for purposes of biblical interpretation. Reading, Theory and the Bible sponsors innovative, experimental work on Bible (Bible being interpreted in the broadest sense to include all commentaries and intertexts). We exist to accommodate work that pushes the boundaries of scholarship, and we work on the assumption that questions of provenance, philology, and history are amply accommodated by other groups in the SBL. We also encourage innovative presentation.

Program Unit Chairs

Jennifer L. Koosed

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