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2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/19/2016
Meeting Ends11/22/2016

Call for Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call for Papers Closes: 3/1/2016

Requirements for Participation

Paul and Politics

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We are planning three sessions for the San Antonio meeting. We are seeking submissions only for the FIRST SESSION. For this session we invite proposals for papers on any element of research related to the relationship(s) between "Paul" and "politics" (in the broadest sense of both of these terms). We are currently organizing two other sessions. The SECOND SESSION, “Paul in Diaspora: Reading Paul with Migration, Postcolonial, and Diaspora Studies” focuses on the relevance of migration and diasporic realities (including forced migration and its epiphenomena, e.g., trauma and enslavement, under the Roman Empire) for interpreting Paul, the letters, and the communities he founded. It is co-sponsored with Poverty in the Biblical World. The THIRD SESSION, “Theorizing Borderlands with the Politics of Reading Paul,” examines contemporary “borderland” conversations (encompassing themes like migration, immigration, race and class relations, labor ethics, political status, etc.), posing a series of critical questions about the theoretical frameworks and political positions from which “Paul” has and might be brought into these conversations. The third session is co-sponsored with Bible and Cultural Studies, Space Place and Lived Experience, and Poverty in the Biblical World. Questions or further inquiries about these sessions can be directed to the co-chairs, Joseph Marchal, at, and Diana Swancutt at

Program Unit Chairs

Diana M. Swancutt
Joseph A. Marchal

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