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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2016
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2016

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: 12/16/2015
Call For Papers Closes: 3/2/2016
Requirements for Participation

African-American Biblical Hermeneutics


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: AABH 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 four sessions for the 2016 Annual Meeting. We will offer one session that will be an open call for paper proposals engaging any aspect of African American biblical research. A second session will explore the state of the discipline by inviting panelists to present papers that discuss a particular strategy in African American Biblical Hermeneutics, including, for instance (1) African Americans as interpreters of the Bible; (2) analysis of biblical themes in African American cultural expression; (3) Womanist interpretation and other intersectional analysis; (4) the Bible, race and racism; and (5) cross-disciplinary work that interrogates the Bible and African Americans in US society. In yet a third session we are collaborating with the Committee on Under-Represented Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) and others to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of CUREMP. Finally, we are offering a fourth extended session that will be divided in half for purposes of reviewing two important recent works in AABH: Nyasha Junior’s Introduction to Womanist Interpretation (Westminster/John Knox) and Herbert R. Marbury’s Pillars of Cloud and Fire: The Politics of Exodus in African American Biblical Interpretation (New York University). Please consult the call for proposals in January to learn if there will be opportunities to propose a paper for one of these four sessions.

Program Unit Chairs

Herbert R. Marbury
Love L. Sechrest

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