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Meeting Program Units

2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins: 11/18/2017
Meeting Ends: 11/21/2017

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: 12/19/2016
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2017
Requirements for Participation

Ecological Hermeneutics


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2017, there will be a special session which will focus on “Ecology and the End.” “The End” (glossed with terms such as eschatology and apocalyptic) looms large in biblical interpretation and biblical literature. What shadows does this cast over an ecological hermeneutics? What response can be given to the simplistic, but pervasive, notion that ecology does not matter, since the Bible tells us that God will wrap up the world in due course? The scope of the term “the End” is deliberately left vague, to allow for a proposals to take an innovative slant in their approach to a biblical passage or motif. / Proposals on any biblical text are also invited for inclusion in an open session. Proposals are encouraged to engage with the principles of ecological hermeneutics - suspicion, identification, retrieval (Habel and Trudinger, Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics, SBL 2008) and/or the methodology of the Exeter project (Horrell, Hunt and Southgate, Greening Paul, Baylor 2010). / There will also be a joint session with the AAR Christian Spirituality Group with contributors to the book Planetary Solidarity: Global Women's Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice (Fortress Press, Spring 2017) reflecting on the intersection of climate and gender injustice and resources for a spirituality that is rooted in and nurtured by a deep planetary solidarity. This is an invited session, however, proposals that develop such themes in relation to biblical material are invited for the open session.

Program Unit Chairs

Barbara Rossing

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