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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

Requirements for Participation

LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The LGBTI/Queer Biblical Hermeneutics program unit invites papers for sessions on the three following topics: The FIRST SESSION is co-sponsored with Children in the Biblical World and Women in the Biblical World on the theme of “family values.” 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. The SECOND SESSION is co-sponsored with Queer Studies in Religion (AAR), and we seek papers for a possible panel on the relevance of Lee Edelman’s work for the study of religion, theology, and sacred texts. For the THIRD SESSION, we welcome papers on any other topics related to LGBTI/Queer biblical hermeneutics. Aside from these open calls, we will also be jointly sponsoring, with several other SBL program units, two sessions on the topic, “The Present and the Future of Biblical Studies” to mark and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the journal Biblical Interpretation (Brill). Speakers/panelists for both sessions have been invited. Questions or further inquiries about these sessions can be directed to the chair, Joseph Marchal, at

Program Unit Chairs

Joseph A. Marchal

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