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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

Latino/a/e and Latin American Biblical Interpretation

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For 2023, we invite proposals for papers that address the coloniality of knowledge within biblical studies at large, or in relationship to the production, circulation, reception, and/or rejection of particular biblical texts and traditions. This call for proposals reflects the SBL’s return to Texas, a territory that has been colonized by multiple historical imperial powers. To some extent, this session will also continue last year’s reflection on Fernando F. Segovia’s 2014 SBL presidential address, and so we also invite proposals that seek to engage in global systemic criticism for our critical times from the perspective of biblical studies. We particularly welcome papers that draw from and reflect upon the reality of Latino/a/e and Latin American sociopolitical contexts, as well as papers that employ hermeneutical and epistemological approaches from the Global South, papers that consider the role of biblical interpretation in physical and symbolic borders of tragedy, violence, war, nationalism, racism, and ecological devastation, and papers that construct alternative ideas of what it means to be Latino/a/e in these critical times. We are also collaborating with Deuteronomistic History on a call (see their call), and we are organizing an invited panel around Vena and Guardiola-Sáenz’s edited collection, Latinx Perspectives on the New Testament (Lexington/Fortress 2022).

Program Unit Chairs

Gilberto A. Ruiz
Jacqueline Hidalgo

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