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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

Womanist Interpretation

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: SESSION NO.1: Remembering and Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Womanist Interpretation moderated/presided by Ericka Dunbar. Invited panelists are: Valerie Bridgeman, Jennifer Kaalund, Raquel Lettsome, Clarice Martin, Yolanda Norton, Mitzi Smith, Renita Weems. SESSION NO. 2: Centering Black Girls: Womanist interpretation and Social Justice Activism. Central to womanist interpretation is intersectionality as a tool of analysis and as a means of consciousness raising about the intersectional impact of racism, sexism, class, heterosexism, ageism, and nationalism on the lives of poor black women and our communities and the change we deserve and need. We cannot lose sight of the social justice and transformational goals of intersectionality. We invite interpretations of texts and readers of texts through a womanist intersectional framework that addresses (in)justice and black children, especially black girls. We welcome papers that read sacred texts (i.e., biblical and apocryphal texts and/or readers of those texts) through the lens of or in dialogue with inequities in pandemic education with post pandemic consequences, missing black girls, police brutality, sexualization or criminalization of black girls and other injustices. SESSION NO. 3: Dissenting Opinions. Since SBL will be in San Antonio in 2021, we could like to situate our emphasis on justice and voice in Texas. The state of Texas attempted to sue other states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia in hopes of convincing the Court to render the votes of black and brown peoples as fraudulent and void in order to overturn the will of the people and democracy. The Supreme Court refused to hear the frivolous petition; Justices Alito and Thomas dissented. We invite submissions of dissent in response to the Texas lawsuit or around judicial opinions, proceedings, decisions and so on impacting votes, voices, and lives of black women and children in Texas, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and beyond.

Program Unit Chairs

Mitzi J. Smith

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