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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

Requirements for Participation

Paul and Politics

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The FIRST SESSION, co-sponsored with Womanist Biblical Interpretation, Contextual Interpretation of the Bible, and the AAR Committee of Racial and Ethnic Minorities is a panel in honor of the life and work of Delores Williams as we discuss the issues of surrogacy, whether sexual, political, or theological, in any aspect of the study of communities in the biblical text related to Hebrew Bible, New Testament, or Pauline communities in particular. In the papers, special attention will be given to contemporary communities. Recognizing that reproductive justice is an issue in today’s society, this session invites papers that interrogate biblical texts, surrogacy, sexuality, and reproductive justice in ancient and contemporary politics. We welcome proposals for papers that engage exploration of the biblical mothering figures and the inherent ideas of survival and defiance that may (or may not) have resided in biblical communities while imaging theological constructions for contemporary communities. The SECOND SESSION is a call for papers on Paul and the Politics of Imprisoned Bodies. The papers will explore the hermeneutical resources and/or challenges that Pauline texts offer to conversations on ancient and contemporary embodied experiences of being in the prison system. The THIRD SESSION will be an open call inviting proposals for papers on any element of research related to the relationship(s) between "Paul" and "politics" (in the broadest sense of both of these terms)

Program Unit Chairs

Anna Miller
Angela Parker

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