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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

Bible and Cultural Studies

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We are collaborating with other groups on two open calls this year: 1. "Apocalyptic Scripturalization, Ambiveilence, and the Utopian: Pasts and Futures of Minoritized Feminist and Womanist Criticism." The recent publication of minoritized feminist and womanist studies in Revelation—especially Shanell T. Smith’s The Woman Babylon and the Marks of Empire (Fortress, 2014), Lynne St. Clair Darden’s Scripturalizing Revelation (SBL, 2015), and Jacqueline M. Hidalgo’s Revelation in Aztlán (Palgrave, 2016)—point toward significant transformations in the bodies producing scholarship on the Apocalypse, the questions be asked about and around the text, and the interpretive approaches that matter for reading Revelation. We are looking for papers that jump off from these recent studies and ask about what difference minoritized feminist and womanist voices make in reading apocalyptic literature? Are there significant shifts to be charted? What are the questions and approaches that might matter most in the next generation of biblical scholarship on/in relation to the Apocalypse? 2. "Scriptural Colonialism: Rethinking the Conjunction of Missionary Activities, Colonialism, and the Bible." Given our location in San Antonio and the prominent remains of Spanish colonial missions as well as the Alamo, we invite papers that examine scriptures or specific scriptural texts as they have been deployed in, taken up, transformed by, or informative of missionary activities and missionary colonialism. While we are especially interested in papers that rethink scriptures in colonial religious projects around the world but also including Spanish missionary colonialism and U.S. Manifest Destiny, we also welcome papers that use missionary colonial histories and practices to rethink and reinterpret Jewish and Christian biblical texts. We would also welcome papers that attend to colonial legacies in more recent and contemporary practices of scriptural interpretation.

Program Unit Chairs

K. Jason Coker
Lynne St. Clair Darden

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