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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

Latino/a/e and Latin American Biblical Interpretation

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Given the current political, social, and religious environment, texts (however one defines these) and their transmission, particularly through the instant use of social media, have begun to be “elastic” in their meaning. As such, their veracity and value have begun to be questioned in new ways. The terminology of “fake news”—begun as a self-serving means to justify illicit behavior—has now entered the popular lexicon and led to the need to discern the veracity of heretofore unquestionable, or at the very least, valued source material. As we approach religious material and especially biblical texts, how do we as biblical and theological scholars provide the hermeneutical and scholarly basis for readings and transmissions of Scripture that is truly evangelion (good news) in a world faced with fake news of intolerance, hate, and violence? We invite proposals that engage with these issues from a Latinx religious perspective such as but not limited to: • The legitimacy of applying ancient religious texts (such as OT or NT) to understanding popular culture, or political debates on immigration, etc. • Ideological criticism, patriarchy and liberative ethics • The nature of “truth” in light of postcolonial/decolonial hermeneutics vs. traditional propositional approaches to Scripture • The use of technology for the transmission of textual readings and the legitimacy of (non)peer-reviewed scholarly interactions (through social media) This will be a joint session with La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion and Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation.

Program Unit Chairs

Ahida Calderon Pilarski
Efrain Agosto

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