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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

Ideological Criticism

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: OUR FIRST SESSION (a combination of invited papers and open call), and in co-sponsorship with include Islands, Islanders and the Bible and Reading, Theory and the Bible, will facilitate collaborative readings between indigenous and settler-aware readers of scripture on specific texts. The session provides a forum for indigenous readers to share and collaborate with settler scholars and allies, and encourages the latter to learn about the challenges and freedoms of bringing indigenous ways of knowing into the field of biblical studies. OUR SECOND SESSION is an open session discussing ideological criticism of the book of Psalms. While ideological perspectives have been fruitfully employed the interpretation of biblical texts, such approaches have not been as prevalent in Psalms scholarship. We welcome proposals related to the examination of ideological perspectives in the texts or in interpretive communities, especially with respect to race, class, gender, ability, and global location. OUR THIRD SESSION is an invited session exploring the incorporation of ideological concerns with socio-rhetorical interpretation of the Bible, attending to questions of hermeneutical positionality in the study of biblical rhetoric. This session is co-sponsored with the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity seminar, and will operate as part of that seminar’s “New Horizons in Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation” track. IF you have any questions, please email Elaine James ( or Christopher Zeichmann (

Program Unit Chairs

Elaine James
Christopher B. Zeichmann

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