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Meeting Program Units

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

Bible and Film


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We invite papers for one or two open sessions on any subject pertaining to Bible and Film (both broadly construed). In addition, we especially encourage papers that engage one of the following topics: (1)Horror and the Bible. How do horror films help us better understand the “dark corners” of the bible and vice versa? How might contemporary monster theory facilitate a mutual conversation between the Bible and horror films? How might Derrida’s hauntology elucidate persistent ghosts in the Bible and horror? Proposals should include substantial engagement with film theory and biblical studies. (2)Suffering and the Human Condition. How have films, television and other audio-visual media engaged biblical themes while responding to the multiple crises of 2020 and early 2021? How has audio-visual media played in theologizing suffering and the human condition in light of these world-changing events? Proposals might consider the changes in media consumption as a result of quarantine or the ways in which the media world responded to apocalyptic and social justice issues. (3)Pedagogy of Bible in/and Film. We invite proposals reflecting on the question: What are we teaching when we teach Bible in/and Film? Film is frequently used in the biblical studies classroom either as the main focus of a course or as a teaching tool, but the pedagogy of Bible in/and Film is underdeveloped. How is the relationship between Bible and Film theorized and what concrete pedagogical choices does this motivate? What is the role of nonbiblical films in the biblical studies classroom? What theoretical approaches and pedagogical strategies avoid privileging Bible over Film? Proposals should include substantial engagement with theory and practical suggestions for teaching. All proposals should make clear how the presenter will establish a dialogue between a given film and biblical text as well as how this dialogue enriches our interpretation of each. Please note that we expect presenters

Program Unit Chairs

Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch

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