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Meeting Program Units

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

Biblical Literature and the Hermeneutics of Trauma


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This consultation will receive paper proposals for two sessions, each with its own topic. Proposals should indicate which of the two topics they are intended to address. In keeping with the aims of the consultation, all papers must define how “trauma” is understood, and explain why that understanding is helpful for interpreting the biblical text. We encourage papers that address New Testament texts as well as those that address Old Testament texts. We welcome papers that employ a range of methods, and include critical reflection on the implications of both the method utilized and the particular understanding of trauma adopted. The two topics are: (1) In a session co-sponsored by the Exile (Forced Migration) Section, papers are invited to read a particular biblical text in light of present situations of forced migration around the world. The aim of this session is to explore the application of trauma theory at the nexus of the biblical text and current situations reflecting a range of experiences of forced migration, including displacement within the boundaries of a particular country. (2) Papers are invited to explore methodological issues raised by employing psychological or sociological categories in employing a lens of trauma through which to interpret biblical texts functioning within ancient contexts. Given that much of contemporary social scientific theory relies on research conducted in the modern West, the question arises as to which aspects of these theories may be considered applicable across cultures, both in the contemporary world and in history. We invite papers that explore the nexus between particular contemporary theories or approaches to trauma and their application to particular biblical texts.

Program Unit Chairs

Christopher Frechette
Elizabeth Boase

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