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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

LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics Section invites proposals for several potential sessions in the 2020 annual meeting. At least ONE session will be an open session welcoming papers on any topics related to LGBTI/Queer biblical hermeneutics. We are also organizing at least two special sessions on the following topics. FIRST, in collaboration with several SBL and AAR program units, we welcome papers on any aspect of Hortense Spillers’ work. Proposals, for instance, can focus on how Spillers’ work on slavery and its many lingering racialized, sexualized, and gendered legacies could or should alter LGBTI/Queer biblical hermeneutics (though this suggestion hardly exhausts the possibilities). SECOND, we welcome proposals for creative presentations and demonstrations of queer biblical pedagogies. Is there a queer way to teach that? This session will be dedicated to demonstrations, reflections, and discussions of LGBTI/Queer pedagogical practices. At least some presenters will lead session attendees in an activity that models a queer pedagogical practice they employ in a biblical studies classroom. Proposals, then, should briefly describe the activity you could lead and how it embodies a LGBTI/Queer pedagogy. Questions or further inquiries about these sessions can be directed to the chair, Joseph Marchal, at

Program Unit Chairs

Jimmy Hoke
Joseph A. Marchal
Laurel W. Koepf

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