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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

Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: There are two calls for papers. First, there is an open call that seeks to bring together critics from such groups not only within the United States but also globally, in order to work together as critics on the problematic of minoritization-dominantization at all levels of the discipline as conceived and practiced today. Its scope is thus quite broad: (1) the ancient texts as such, canonical as well as extracanonical; (2) readings and readers of these texts in modern and postmodern contexts. Second, the unit is co-sponsoring a joint session with Latino/an and Latin American Biblical Interpretation. 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. 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 co-sponsoring an invited book review session with CUREMP to celebrate the publication of Remapping Biblical Studies and an invited panel with Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics entitled “Envisioning the Future of Doctoral Programs in Biblical Studies.”

Program Unit Chairs

Stacy Davis
Yii-Jan Lin

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