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2021 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/20/2021
Meeting Ends11/23/2021

Call for Papers Opens: 1/20/2021
Call for Papers Closes: 3/24/2021

Requirements for Participation

Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Our FIRST SESSION is an open session. We invite papers on all aspects of gender and sexuality as they relate to the Bible and other closely related ancient texts. We are especially interested in submissions that engage unconventional or unexpected biblical texts and those that attend to un- or underexplored aspects of gender and sexuality. We encourage innovative explorations of gender identity and sexuality, including queer, transgender, agender, and non-binary identities and approaches, as well as asexuality and graysexuality. For the 2021 meeting, topics related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic how it shapes new readings of ancient texts, contemporary interpreters, and health care with intersections of gender and sexuality are welcome. Our SECOND SESSION is on Critical Intersectionality. While some presenters will be invited, we also seek submissions reflecting on intersectionality as a method, practice, and intellectual category in biblical studies. Papers may be theoretical in nature or have practical application to a specific text. In addition to gender and sexuality, we encourage engagements with ethnicity, race, disability, and class, along with "intersectionality" itself as a category. Our THIRD SESSION is an open session; however, we especially invite papers that engage questions of gender, sexuality, white Supremacy, and the Bible.

Program Unit Chairs

Katy E. Valentine
Rhiannon Graybill

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