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Meeting Program Units

2019 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/23/2019
Meeting Ends11/26/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2019

Requirements for Participation

Women in the Biblical World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Women in the Biblical World Program Unit plans to offer four sessions in 2019: 1) “Cultivating Womanist, Feminist and Queer Relationships in this Neoliberal-Authoritarian Age.” During the two anniversary panels of the 2018 SBL Annual Meeting in Denver, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza emphasized that progressive movements will only succeed in the neoliberal-authoritarian age if progressive groups and organizations build strong coalitions among themselves. Taking her advice seriously, this panel aims to cultivate conversation, dialog, and even contestation among womanist, feminist, and queer bible scholars with the goal of ongoing and substantive collaboration while not ignoring our differences. This session is co-sponsored with the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible Unit and organized by Susanne Scholz, Professor of Old Testament, SMU Perkins School of Theology. 2) "Review of Cynthia R. Chapman’s The House of the Mother: The Social Roles of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry (Yale University Press 2016).” This session is an invited panel. Panelists will review and discuss the implications of Chapman’s groundbreaking work for their own scholarship. 3) “Race, Gender, and the Politics of ‘Sass’: Reading Biblical Women through the Lens of Womanist Resistance.” This session is an invited panel. Panelists will draw on Mitzi Smith’s book, Womanist Sass and Talk Back: Social (In)Justice, Intersectionality, and Biblical Interpretation (Wipf and Stock 2017) and consider how this work supports, challenges, or supplements their own hermeneutics. Mitzi Smith is the respondent. 4) Open call for papers on women in the biblical world.

Program Unit Chairs

Kimberly D. Russaw
Vanessa Lovelace

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