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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

Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Asian and Asian-American Seminary is planning 5 sessions at the 2021 Annual Meeting. The first open-session invites papers on the theme "Pandemic, the Bible, and Anti-Asian Racism." Among the many crises left in the wake of the global pandemic of COVID-19, the problem of systemic racism has presented itself anew. 2020-21 has witnessed two concrete expressions of centuries-old xenophobia: anti-Black and anti-Asian racism. While the former has been widely covered, and rightly so, the latter has received far less attention. We welcome proposals to address the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the problem of anti-Asian racism in ancient, modern, and global contexts of biblical interpretation on texts from the Hebrew Bible and/or the New Testament. Proposals should include attention to Asian and Asian American contexts, close reading of a biblical text, and demonstrated engagement with Asian and Asian American biblical scholarship. Please note your interest in publishing your paper in an edited volume at the end of your proposal. First-time presenters at the SBL Annual Meeting are welcome and encouraged to apply. The second open session will focus more broadly on “Reading Biblical Texts from Asian, Asian American, and Aesthetic Perspectives.” The third invited panel will review Reading Ecclesiastes from Asia and Pasifika, eds. Jione Havea and Peter H. W. Lau (SBL Press, 2020). The last two invited sessions will be co-sponsored: “Reading with the 'Etceteras' of the Gospels” (with Latino/a an Latin American Biblical Interpretation) and “Talk with the President,” which discusses Adele Reinhartz’s 2020 SBL presidential address, “The Hermeneutics of Chutzpah: A Disquisition on the Value/s of ‘Critical Investigation of the Bible’ (with Latino/a an Latin American Biblical Interpretation, Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures, Contextual Biblical Interpretation).

Program Unit Chairs

Janette H. Ok
Sharon Jacob

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