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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

Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship section will hold four sessions at the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Two of these will be open sessions and will actively solicit essays from scholars regardless of rank or disciplinary background. A third will be an invited panel addressing the topic of race, racism, and the reproduction of inequality within the guild. Panelists will be invited to discuss how intellectual work within biblical studies sustains white supremacy, and will be asked to consider how scholarly and professional labor can disrupt and disclose the operation of racial categories and racial injustice. A fourth panel, jointly co-sponsored with the Philology in Hebrew Studies unit will address the place of philology within the discipline of biblical studies, addressing the relationship between methodology and subject position. Our first open session will treat the topic of migration and refugees, both as a topos within the Bible and as a topic of contemporary political and ethical concern. We invite papers that explore how biblical scholars use the Bible to support or reject contemporary refugee policies. We also invite metacritical perspectives on contemporary actors' use of the Bible, and their use or omission of biblical scholarship in justifying or polemicizing against those various policies. Finally, we invite essays for a session on the topic of donors, funding, and the scholarly agenda of the guild. Essays may address the impact of activist institutions like the Templeton Foundation, the Nida Institute, or the Museum of the Bible on the operations of the Society. Or they may reflect critically on the relationship between institutional sponsorship and the training of biblical scholars. We invite theoretically informed studies of how resources and power work to shape fields of inquiry and knowledge production, as well as more practical essays on the influence of particular institutions over the direction of our guild.

Program Unit Chairs

Edward Silver
Jill Hicks-Keeton

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