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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

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Reading, Theory, and the Bible

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Reading, Theory and the Bible sponsors innovative, experimental work on Bible (“Bible” being interpreted in the broadest sense to include all commentaries and intertexts). We foreground, but do not solely concentrate upon, biblical criticism that engages continental philosophy, critical theory, and reception; we exist to accommodate work that pushes the boundaries of scholarship and augments conventional hermeneutics, and we work on the assumption that traditional questions of provenance, philology, and history are amply accommodated by other groups in the SBL. We also encourage innovative presentation. For 2020, we are planning four sessions. The first is an “open call” session for general work that engages some aspect of critical theory but does not fit neatly into our other themed calls or those of other groups. Second, we are inviting papers that explore the work of Luce Irigaray and her influence (actual and potential) upon the discipline of biblical studies, broadly conceived. Third, for our third session, RTB is partnering with the Sacred Texts, Theory and Theological Construction section of the AAR for a panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of Deleuze and Guattari’s 1000 Plateaus, and we invite papers exploring the intersection of 1000 Plateaus and biblical studies. Finally, RTB will partner with the SBL sections Islands, Islanders, and Scripture and Ideological Criticism; the session will facilitate collaborative readings between indigenous and settler-aware readers of scripture on specific texts. It provides a forum for indigenous readers to share and collaborate with settler scholars and allies, and encourages the latter to learn about the challenges and freedoms of bringing indigenous ways of knowing into the field of biblical studies.

Program Unit Chairs

Jay Twomey
Robert Paul Seesengood

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