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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

Bible and Popular Culture


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Bible and Popular Culture Unit will host four sessions in 2020. Our first session is a joint session with the AAR’s Religion and Popular Culture Unit exploring the influence, artistry, and cultural impact of Kanye West. We invite analyses of West (through, for instance, his lyrics/music/albums, videos, religious services, and branding) and his international cultural impact through a range of methodologies, including textual criticism; biblical reception studies; ethnography; ritual and media studies; and other approaches that critically examine West’s use of Bible and biblical/religious imagery and the impact of his oeuvre on contemporary religion and popular culture. Our second session is co-sponsored with the Biblical Literature and the Hermeneutics of Trauma Program Unit, and is an open session on the intersection between biblical texts, popular culture, and trauma. Topics could include, but are not limited to, embodied trauma in biblical and popular texts, the reception history of biblical texts of trauma in popular culture, or the inter-generational imprint of trauma in biblical and popular texts. 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 Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible Program Unit. Our fourth session is an open session, and we invite proposals for papers focusing on any aspect of the reciprocal relationship between the Bible and popular culture.

Program Unit Chairs

Dan W. Clanton Jr.

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