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Meeting Program Units

2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/18/2017
Meeting Ends11/21/2017

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2016
Call for Papers Closes: 3/7/2017

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) Protest and Social Justice and Movements in Africa: Protest and Social Justice movements have been a feature of the colonial and postcolonial Africa for years. The movements (cf. the Arab Spring in the North and the #FeesMustFall movement in South Africa, among others) denote an enduring search for justice amidst enormous challenges. This section welcomes papers that engage issues at the intersections between biblical texts, protest movements, identity formation and social justice. 3)Gender and Family: Papers that address the complex dimensions of Gender and Family in the Bible and in Africa and its Diaspora are invited. They can address the deep entrenchment of patriarchy; the enduring power of matriarchy; the dysfunctionality and the resilient creativity of the family structure in the African socio-cultural, religious, economic, and political context. Papers offering a biblically-based liberative treatment of gender roles in addition to the challenges facing marriage, celibacy, family life and the roots of identity formation in relation to constructions of gender and family identities, are encouraged. 4) Migrations and Diasporas: Migration and Diaspora have historically and contemporaneously defined Africa – politically, geographically, culturally, and religiously. This section welcomes papers on the broad theme of biblical studies on the one hand and migration and diaspora on the other, migrations caused by famine, inter-ethnic and inter-racial conflicts, etc

Program Unit Chairs

Kenneth Ngwa
Madipoane J. Masenya
Madipoane J. Masenya

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