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Meeting Program Units

2020 International Meeting

Adelaide, Australia

Meeting Begins7/5/2020
Meeting Ends7/9/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 10/23/2019
Call for Papers Closes: 1/29/2020

Requirements for Participation

Bible and Empire


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2020 International Meeting in Australia, the Bible and Empire group will convene a thematic and an open session. The thematic session will explore the subjects of the forced migration of indigenous peoples in the 15th to 21st centuries, as well as resistance to migration by indigenous peoples. Presenters are encouraged, for example, to examine how the Bible was used by modern empires to justify or facilitate the migration of indigenous peoples, or to inquire how indigenous people interpreted their experiences in light of the biblical texts or used the biblical texts to foster resistance to imperial or neo-imperial forces that sought to displace them. The location of the conference in Adelaide suggests attention especially to the displacement of aboriginal people in Australia, but proposals will also be welcomed which explore the use of sacred scriptures in the forced migration of indigenous peoples elsewhere, such as native groups in the Americas, or the Rohingya people in Myanmar. 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.

Program Unit Chairs

Ana T. Valdez
Christopher M. Hays

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