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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

Bible and Cultural Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year Bible and Cultural Theory seeks papers that deal specifically with globalization and globalization theory as reading strategies for biblical texts—both Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Three main categories emerge from the broad field of globalization: economic, cultural, and technological globalization. How can biblical texts refract under such a lens (or lenses)? The intersection between globalization and postcolonial theory or the transition from postcolonial theory to globalization in biblical studies is of particular interest. We are also collaborating with Contextual Biblical Interpretation, Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics, and Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures on an open call for papers for a session on “Contextual Biblical Methodologies” (either methods shaped by a given context or theory-framed methods). Finally, we will jointly sponsor, 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.

Program Unit Chairs

K. Jason Coker
Lynne St. Clair Darden

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