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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

Women in the Biblical World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Women in the Biblical World Program Unit plans to offer four sessions in 2020: 1) In recognition of the 100th anniversary (1920-2020) of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting U.S. women the right to vote, this is a call for papers that address issues of laws relating to women and girls in the biblical world. In particular, we are interested in papers that engage Cheryl Anderson's work around inclusive/exclusive laws in the Book of the Covenant and the Deuteronomic Law - laws that make no distinction between women and men and those that treat women differently, respectively, and work such as Clarice J. Martin’s on the Haustafeln (household codes) in the New Testament. 2) Invited panel that is a follow-up to "Cultivating Womanist, Feminist, and Queer Relationships in this Neo-liberal-Authoritarian Age" session at the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego. This session is organized by Susanne Scholz, SMU Perkins School of Theology and Ashley Bacchi, Starr King School for the Ministry. Last year’s panelists discussed how they integrate intersectional and other collaborative perspectives into their research and writing. This year’s discussion will focus on pedagogical approaches to cultivating students' awareness of intersectionality and empowering students in dialogic practices that foster relationships across perceived difference. This year's session will again be cosponsored with the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible Unit. 3) The year 2020 will be the 25th anniversary of the publication of Mayer Gruber’s Women in the Biblical World: A Study Guide, a resource for scholars, clergy, seminarians, undergraduates and others interested in studying biblical women. This invited panel will address pedagogical approaches for teaching the subject of women in the biblical world to the variously addressed constituents. 4) Open call for papers on women in the biblical world.

Program Unit Chairs

Beatrice Lawrence
Vanessa Lovelace

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