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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

Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: 1. (ISLANDER) NOMADISM AND IDENTITY. Islanders' nomadism, various colonial histories, and dispersions arguably can generate ongoing demands on identity formation in new locations. For Islanders, relocation often involves movement from smaller to larger places, resulting in the transformation/re-formation of identity cohesion as cultural acclimation occurs. Here, too, is an ancestral reverberation of the nomadism of Israel's matriarchs and patriarchs, Jesus' Galilee, Paul's journeys, John’s exile and other moments in which peoples commingle in various imperial contexts. We invite papers that meaningfully engage with the idea of islander nomadism, given (a) the impact of our colonial histories and neo-colonial present and/or (b) our experiences as diasporic or displaced islanders. We also invite presentations that utilize multi-sensuous modalities that engage these incipient theorizings for their hermeneutical, translation, and/or exegetical possibilities. 2. INDIGENOUS/SETTLER READINGS: STORY, RELATION, LAND. This unique session is co-convened between Islanders and Ideological Criticism. Part of a year-long collaboration, this session is an opportunity for settler scholars and allies to share and collaborate with Indigenous writers and scholars. Learning from Indigenous emphases and exploring indigenous ways of knowing, our focus is on scripture as Story, rooted in Land, and expressed in Relation. Together, we will explore Indigenous and settler-colonial receptions of scripture and facilitate the creation of new, collective readings. We will explore and reinforce ongoing scholarly responsibilities to Indigenous peoples and places and consider the implications of this work for the field of biblical studies, broadly conceived. Story, Relation and Land are not a final goal, but are conceived as entry points into a deeper conversation around ideologies of identity, economy, ecology and appropriation. Some invited panelists; expressions of interest are welcome.

Program Unit Chairs

Fiona C Black
Nasili Vaka’uta

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