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Meeting Program Units

2019 International Meeting

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

Meeting Begins7/1/2019
Meeting Ends7/5/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 10/31/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 1/30/2019

Requirements for Participation

Bible and Empire


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2019 International Meeting, the Bible and Empire group will convene three distinct sessions, two of which will be thematic. First, given the conference’s location in Rome, we invite papers for a thematic session focused on the use of the Bible in and in response to the various empires rooted in the Italian peninsula, from Ancient Rome up to the present. Second, in recognition of this meeting’s originally scheduled location in Bangalore, India, we will also hold a thematic session on the use of the Bible in British and Portuguese imperialism in Asia (not exclusively to be focused on India, but also including surrounding nations, just as Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, et cetera). Presenters are encouraged to examine both how the Bible was used by the British and Portuguese empires, and how Asian people in the colonial and post-colonial periods engaged and continue to engage with the Bible as part of their response to colonialism. Presenters are also encouraged to consider the possibility of a comparative examination of how Catholic (Portuguese) and Protestant (British) empires engaged with the Bible in the processes of colonization and decolonization. Additionally, papers are invited for an open session on empires and imperialism in the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the New Testament, and in subsequent reception history. Analyses of from any number of critical and interpretive perspectives are welcome. In particular, proposals are encouraged which consider how ancient empires provide models or cautionary tales for the modern imperialism, post-colonialism, and pluralism in modern nations.

Program Unit Chairs

Ana T. Valdez
Christopher M. Hays

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