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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

Ideological Criticism

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: OUR FIRST SESSION is an open session. We welcome proposals on any dimension related to critical philosophical approaches to texts and the political implications of texts in their contexts, reception and influences. OUR SECOND SESSION is an open session discussing the 25th anniversary of the Postmodern Bible (Yale University Press, 1995). We welcome proposals related to the status, impact, and legacy of this volume, and of “postmodern” approaches to biblical interpretation more broadly. OUR THIRD SESSION is an open session on the “hidden contexts” of biblical interpretation. We welcome proposals related to the critical assessment of contexts that continue to be taken for granted in biblical interpretation even while readers attempt to make their contexts and assumptions explicit. Potential examples include the West, the academy, masculinity, material aspects of the Bible (medium, divisions of chapters and verses, printed headings, translations), ableism, cisgenderism, educational background, “liberal” assumptions, etc. How do we interrogate uncontextualized contexts? This session is co-sponsored with the Contextual Biblical Interpretation Program Unit. If you have any questions, please email Elaine James ( or Christopher Zeichmann (

Program Unit Chairs

Elaine James
Christopher B. Zeichmann

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