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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

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Women in the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Call for papers: Women in the Biblical World invites proposals for papers in three sessions: 1). Proponents of so-called "traditional" family values often appeal to biblical texts to implicitly or explicitly exclude families (or certain family members) that don't conform to a certain model. Yet, biblical texts often prove to be notoriously tricky analogues or preludes for such claims. This panel invites papers that consider strategies that build upon such disconnections or non-correspondences, as an opening onto critical, creative, or constructive uses of the context, content, or interpretation of the Hebrew Bible or New Testament. [Co-sponsored with Children in the Biblical World and LGBT/Queer Hermeneutics]; 2). Hypermasculinity, Biblical Interpretation and “A New Pharaoh”: Religious political rhetoric, ostensibly fueled by biblical interpretation, continues to inform the political landscape in the United States. When that rhetoric is laced with (hyper)masculinity, sexism, and misogyny, as it was in the 2016 presidential election, women pay the cost in attacks over the control of their bodies and lives. This panel invites papers that investigate the intersection of (hyper)masculinity, biblical texts, and political-religious discourse, especially with concern for women and girls, in light of the 2016 presidential election outcome; 3). “You have stept out of your place”: Reading the Bible in honor of Anne Hutchinson is a panel focused on the interpretative work of New England religious leader Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) within a larger contextual continuum on women reading the Bible in the American colonial era. Papers are appreciated that explore the intersection of political, theological, and gender issues that influenced her trial and banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Program Unit Chairs

Kimberly D. Russaw
Vanessa Lovelace

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