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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

Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics Seminar invites proposals for papers relating to reading/interpreting the Bible and other sacred texts in, from, as well as to Asian and Asian American contexts and communities. We welcome papers that examine issues involved in interpretation and hermeneutics, as well as papers that offer readings of specific texts and passages from Asian or Asian American perspectives. We are especially interested in papers dealing with family, race, nationalism, migration, and sexuality. Both experienced and first-time presenters are encouraged to submit proposals. There will be three further sessions: 1. A review of the forthcoming book, "Reading Ecclesiastes in Asia and Pasifika" edited by Peter Lau and Jione Havea (SBL, 2020) by a panel of invited scholars. 2. "Talk with the President", an invited panel to respond to the 2019 presidential address by Gale Yee (forthcoming in the Journal of Biblical Literature). This will be a joint session with 'Contextual Biblical Interpretation', 'Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures', 'Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation' and 'Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies'. 3. This program unit cosponsors an invited panel reviewing "Minoritized Women Reading Race and Ethnicity: Intersectional Approaches to Constructed Identity and Early Christian Texts," edited by Mitzi Smith and Jin Young Choi. This will be a joint session with 'Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible,' 'Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation,' and 'Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation' program units.

Program Unit Chairs

Janette H. Ok
Monica J. Melanchthon

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