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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

Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies Section is seeking papers for two open sessions at the 2017 Annual Meeting. (1) For the first session, we seek proposals on the theme of "Postcolonial Approaches to Biblical and Cultural (Mis)appropriation." What resources might postcolonial optics offer to the pervasive practices around dominant culture's adoption and adaptation of elements from minority cultures? How does appropriation of minority cultures intersect with understandings and interpretations of biblical narratives and religious phenomena, across time and cultures? Examples might be drawn from popular culture and media, online and social-media trends, body-modification practices (e.g. tattooing, branding, piercing), and so on. (2) For the second session, we seek proposals on the theme of "Postcoloniality, Gender Identity, and Sexuality in Theory, Praxis and Biblical Interpretation." What productive conversations and readings might be possible and desirable from thinking complexly about the intersection of nation/state, colonialism, race/ethnicity, gender identity, and sexuality? What resources from postcolonial queer and trans encounters might be significant for biblical interpretation? How does the politics of bodily policing and management affect and shape our understandings and interpretation of biblical bodies and cultures, and vice versa?

Program Unit Chairs

Hemchand Gossai

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