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2020 Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Begins11/29/2020
Meeting Ends12/11/2020

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

Requirements for Participation

Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We are planning three sessions for 2020. Our FIRST SESSION is an open session. We invite papers on all aspects of gender and sexuality as they relate to the Bible and other closely related ancient texts. We are especially interested in submissions that engage unconventional or unexpected biblical texts and those that attend to un- or underexplored aspects of gender and sexuality. In particular, we encourage innovative explorations of gender identity and sexuality, including transgender, agender, and non-binary identities and approaches, as well as asexuality and graysexuality. Our SECOND SESSION is on Critical Intersectionality. While some presenters will be invited, we also seek submissions reflecting on intersectionality as a method, practice, and intellectual category in biblical studies. Papers may be theoretical in nature or have practical application to a specific text. In addition to gender and sexuality, we encourage engagements with ethnicity, race, disability, and class, along with "intersectionality" itself as a category. Our THIRD SESSION is an invited session on rape culture and the Bible entitled "The Bible and the Violent Weight of Whiteness," organized with the Shiloh Project and co-sponsored by the Bible and Popular Culture program unit.

Program Unit Chairs

Katy E. Valentine
Rhiannon Graybill

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