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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

Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year, Islanders will sponsor two sessions. The first will be devoted to Caribbean pedagogies: Colonial heritage, Rastafarian Groundings, and Other Explorations in Community Lore. Papers are invited to discuss any of the residual colonial challenges and/or formal and informal island ways of learning and of sharing wisdom between generations and within communities as anti-colonial strategic and conceptual and possibilities for theological and biblical teachers and learners within and outside of the Caribbean. The third session ("Talk with the President”) is an invited panel, held in collaboration with Asian & Asian-American Hermeneutics, Postcolonial Colonial Studies & Biblical Studies, Contextual Biblical Interpretation and Minoritized Criticism & Biblical Interpretation. In response to the SBL tradition of not allowing questions and comments after an SBL President delivers her/his address, and by what are often lengthy pauses before the society substantially and formally engages with these important lectures, this session invites Gale Yee, along with a panel of biblical scholars and theologians to reflect on and respond to the 2019 presidential address. The panel will explore both helpful and challenging moments in Yee’s address, seeking to engage her in conversation and further reflection. Attendees are encouraged to read the lecture, published in the first issue of JBL (2020).

Program Unit Chairs

Fiona C Black
Nasili Vaka’uta

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