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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

Writing/Reading Jeremiah


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Writing/Reading Jeremiah group serves as a space for new readings and constructions of meaning with the book of Jeremiah "this side" of historicist paradigms and postmodernism. We welcome all strategies of reading Jeremiah that seek to reconfigure, redeploy, and move beyond conventional readings of Jeremiah. Our manifesto: not by compositional history alone, nor biographical portrayal alone, nor their accompanying theological superstructures; rather, we seek interpretation from new spaces opened for reading Jeremiah by the postmodern turn. In 2021, the Writing/Reading Jeremiah section will have three sessions. These sessions will consist of a combination of invited papers as well as papers selected in response to the Call to Papers. In the first session, we invite papers that explore the Jeremianic triad of “sword, famine, and pestilence” in the context of current of contemporary dislocations produced by social unrest and the pandemic. How have these texts been interpreted in these times? How do these times interpret these texts? What histories of interpretation of these texts shed new light upon current receptions of these texts? Papers that engage the threats and realities of disasters as represented in the book are particularly encouraged. The second session will focus on "Rage and Resilience.” Through an invited panel, papers will explore anger as a survival strategy in the book of Jeremiah. Papers will include reflection on the various representations of divine and human anger throughout Jeremiah, considering notions such as the harmful effects of pent-up anger, the therapeutic or cathartic nature of anger, the relationship of anger to justice in a context of injustice, and finally, the association of anger with the hope for a better future. For the third session, “Jeremiah in Conversation with Ezekiel,” we will, together with the Theological Perspectives on the Book of Ezekiel section, co-sponsor an open session that reflects on the literary rela

Program Unit Chairs

Juliana L. Claassens
Steed Vernyl Davidson

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