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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

Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Metacriticism Section seeks proposals in a number of areas. 1) Alternative Realities and Thinking Inside Out of the Biblical Studies Box This open session offers a venue for constructive and playful (and perhaps a bit mischievous) criticism of how biblical scholars construct and relate to the object of their interest, the limits of accepted methods, theories, and categorizations of academic research, and the nature of the guild of biblical studies itself. The session has various influences. Virtual History and the Bible (ed. J. Cheryl Exum, 2000) explored the contingency of ancient events and how historians reconstruct them by thinking through creative “what if” scenarios. In “Myth of Washington” (Sacred Narrative, ed. A. Dundes, 1984) Dorothea Wender pokes some fun at various well-known theories of folklore by showing how they support the view that Washington could not have been a real person. Science fiction and fantasy literature and film, of course, has offered telling commentary on human nature and politics in which, for example, an individual’s good and bad natures manifest in two versions of the person, or characters are thrust into an alternative reality. We welcome imaginative proposals that engage in theoretical play, hyperbole, counterfactuals, alternative realities, and inversions to tease out truths about the nature of our guild and the results of our scholarship. While we fully expect some contributors to play the role of the trickster, gadfly, or even satirist, we will not accept proposals that appear to bear grudges, or are otherwise mean-spirited towards any particular person or group. (2) Feminism and/as metacriticism. This sessions seeks papers that reflect on metacriticism and feminism. In what ways has feminism functioned as a metacritical discourse? When does a professed feminism abandon a metacritical role and instead lend support to traditional structures? How might feminist biblical studies undergo metacritical analysis? Sites of

Program Unit Chairs

James Linville
Rebecca Raphael

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