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2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins11/17/2018
Meeting Ends11/21/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2018

Requirements for Participation

African Biblical Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: 1) African Biblical Hermeneutics: Multi-, Inter- and Trans-disciplinary Approaches (MIT’s): Research in the fields of African studies, cultural studies, gender studies, anthropology, psychology, political science, cognitive science, trauma, and economics among others, provide entry points to innovative methods in African biblical hermeneutics. In this session, papers are invited that will explore innovative methodological approaches to African Biblical Studies in the context of multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches (MIT’s). 2)Biblical Responses to “The Strong Man Syndrome” in Africa: This session invites papers that reflect on biblical responses to the emergence of "strong men" governing philosophies in post independence Africa. Papers should address any of the following: (a) the ideology and phenomenon of strongmen rulership and fascism in postcolonial Africa; (b) African strongmen phenomenon in the context of global politics; and (c) new futures for nationalized, internationalized, and Diasporized African populations. 3).Scripturalization and Orality in/as African Spirituality: A Preface to African Hermeneutics: The African Biblical Hermeneutics and the African Association for the Study of Religion invite papers that theorize on scripturalization, orature, and orality as a cultural way of life in African and African Diasporic cultures. Papers should address any of the following: biblical, epistemological, philosophical, socio-cultural, genre, linguistic and performative aspects of Africana orality, and their relation to forms and practices of African spirituality. 4). Bible and gender-Based Violence in Africa and the African Diaspora: The African Biblical Hermeneutics and Feminist Hermeneutics sections invite papers that engage the theme of gender- based violence in specific biblical texts and/or in varying contexts of (female) reception in the quest for justice and transformation within present day Africana communities and cultures.

Program Unit Chairs

Kenneth Ngwa
Madipoane J. Masenya

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