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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

African-American Biblical Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The African American Biblical Hermeneutics Section (AABHS) plans four sessions. Session One is an exploration of trends and approaches to African American biblical hermeneutics. This session welcomes proposals for papers whose content intersects with any of the following questions: 1) What is scripture and how is it understood? This question invites papers that explore the diverse ideological, signifying, and scriptural practices that inform current or past articulations of African American biblical hermeneutics and its approaches to scripture; 2) What does diversity look like within African American biblical hermeneutics? This question welcomes proposals that explore the presence, significance, and/or consequences of theological, ideological, political, and/or methodological diversity and difference within the traditions and practices of African American biblical interpretations and scholarship; 3) What do freedom, justice, liberation, peace, and/or salvation look like through the prisms of African American biblical hermeneutics? This question invites papers that explore the varied ways that African American biblical hermeneutics re-contextualizes these motifs through the prisms of African American life, history, struggle, resilience, and/or scholarship. Session Two is an open call for paper proposals taking up interdisciplinary discussions that advance the study of African American biblical hermeneutics. Session Three is an invited book review panel of Shively T. J. Smith’s Interpreting 2 Peter through African American Women's Moral Writings (SBL Press, Mar 2023). Session Four is an invited panel on the future of Doctoral Programs in Biblical Studies co-hosted with Asian and Asian American, Latino/a/e and Latin American, Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation, and the Racism, Pedagogy, and Biblical Studies.

Program Unit Chairs

A. Francis Carter, Jr.

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