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Meeting Program Units

2020 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/21/2020
Meeting Ends11/24/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

Requirements for Participation

Paul and Politics


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Paul and Politics Section proposes four sessions at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Boston. All four sessions are open for paper proposals. The FIRST SESSION is call on “Public” Paul Specifically, as we think about the ramifications of the elections of 2020, how has an understanding of Pauline politics surfaced in the recent 2020 Presidential elections. Some overlapping lines of investigation may engage interpretation of the apostle Paul, his mission, his letters, and his longer-range impact on today’s electoral politics. The SECOND SESSION, co-sponsored with Ecological Hermeneutics Unit, “Paul and Ecology,” will engage questions of ecology and politics in any aspect of the study of communities to which Paul wrote, Paul’s letters, the Pauline legacy, and/or contemporary communities using these texts. The papers should explore the resources and/or challenges Pauline texts offer for ecological conversations. Papers that engage the intersections of gender, race, and economics in these conversations are particularly sought. The THIRD SESSION, in collaboration with several SBL and AAR program units, welcomes papers on any aspect of Hortense Spillers’ work and its relationships to Paul and politics. Proposals, for instance, can focus on how Spillers’ work on slavery and its many lingering racialized, sexualized, and gendered legacies intersect with conversations around Paul and politics found in Pauline communities. The FOURTH SESSION will be an open call inviting proposals for papers on any element of research related to the relationship(s) between "Paul" and "politics" (in the broadest sense of both of these terms)

Program Unit Chairs

Angela Parker
Katherine A. Shaner

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