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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

Ecological Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2018, there will be a two joint sessions and an open session. One joint session will be on Trauma and Ecology in conjunction with the Biblical Literature and the Hermeneutics of Trauma Section: How might the discussion of trauma be extended beyond the human to include the land, trees, animals, and other non-human members of creation in dialogue with the biblical material? What does it mean to talk of “traumatization of the land (or oceans, etc)?” How does the non-human manifest and communicate trauma? What principles are helpful? (See, further, the Call in Hermeneutics of Trauma.) The second joint section will be on Ecology, Economy and Bible Translation in conjunction with The Bible Translator journal, which is planning a special edition in 2019 this topic. Proposals are invited that explore this topic, for instance: how do translation choices foster anthropocentrism, promote an awareness of the non-human other in the text, or give the non-human voice? How is the natural world portrayed in translation of specific passages and how might this impact the ways readers treat it? In what ways might translation choices alert readers to the ecological implications of the text? How might new translations (in either majority or minority languages) respond ethically to the critical moment at which we stand, while remaining faithful to their sources? What can (English) translations learn from the idioms of other languages? Proposals on any biblical text are also invited for inclusion in an open session. All proposals are encouraged to engage with the principles of ecological hermeneutics - e.g., suspicion, identification, retrieval (Habel and Trudinger, Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics, SBL 2008) or the methodology of the Exeter project (Horrell, Hunt and Southgate, Greening Paul, Baylor 2010).

Program Unit Chairs

Barbara Rossing

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