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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

African Biblical Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: (1) African Biblical Hermeneutics and the MIT’s: Research in the fields of Africana studies, cultural studies, gender studies, anthropology, economics, cognitive science, and political science among others, provide opportunities for new methods in African biblical hermeneutics. We invite papers that explore innovative methodological approaches to Biblical studies in Africa, approaches that are multi-disciplinary and/or inter-disciplinary and/or trans-disciplinary (MIT). (2) The Bible and Violence in Africa: Africa continues to be “divided by the same God.” The sacred texts which basically remain authoritative in Africa have been used to perpetuate violence through colonialism, wars, genocide, terrorism, gender-based violence, and environmental degradation among others. This session invites papers, particularly those that explore the intersections between the Bible and various forms of violence and those that engage possible non-violent approaches to biblical interpretation in Africa (3) Panel on Book Reviews: To showcase on-going and exciting scholarship in African biblical hermeneutics, this session will be constituted by a panel of invited scholars. The panellists will review the books by D. BEA Akoto, Proverbs and the African Tree of Life: Grafting Proverbs 25-29 on the Ghanaian Ewe Folk Proverbs (2014) and Robert Wafula, Biblical Representations of Moab: A Kenyan Postcolonial Reading (2014). The authors will respond to the reviews. (4) JOINT SESSION: ABH, POCO and AASR: The African Biblical Hermeneutics Section is co-sponsoring a session with the Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies section and the African Association for the Study of Religion that will address the theoretical and practical intersections between postcolonial theory, religion, and biblical studies in Africa. The session will consist of both invited papers and open submissions. Proposals are welcome on any aspect of the question especially in contemporary African contexts

Program Unit Chairs

Kenneth Ngwa
Madipoane J. Masenya
Madipoane J. Masenya

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