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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

Reading, Theory, and the Bible

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Reading, Theory and the Bible sponsors innovative, experimental work on Bible (“Bible” being interpreted in the broadest sense to include all commentaries and intertexts). We foreground, but do not solely concentrate upon, biblical criticism that engages continental philosophy, critical theory, and reception; we exist to accommodate work that pushes the boundaries of scholarship and augments conventional hermeneutics, and we work on the assumption that traditional questions of provenance, philology, and history are amply accommodated by other groups in the SBL. We also encourage innovative presentation. For 2021, we are planning three sessions. The FIRST is an “open call” session for general work that engages some aspect of critical theory but does not fit neatly into our other themed calls or those of other groups. SECOND, we are inviting papers that explore the work of Luce Irigaray and her influence (actual and potential) upon the discipline of biblical studies, broadly conceived. This panel was originally planned for the 2020 annual meeting, but we are interested in reviewing new proposals for it, as well. Finally, THIRD, we are interested in papers that explore the intersections of race, police violence, surveillance, and biblical text.

Program Unit Chairs

Peter Sabo
Rhiannon Graybill

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