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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

Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We seek proposals for two panels. One is an open call for which we invite proposals dealing with any topic related to the interests and goals of the program unit. The second is a themed session on the Bible and Critical Race Theory, co-sponsored with the Racism, Pedagogy, and Biblical Studies unit. Critical Race Theory (CRT) continues to be under fire in the public square. Opponents claim that university students are being indoctrinated under the banner of CRT and fed a distorted version of American history. How should the critical Bible scholar respond? We invite proposals for papers that address how, and why, biblical scholars should take the debate over CRT seriously in their research and pedagogy. Topics may include: competing definitions of Critical Race Theory; historical concepts of race in philosophical and religious scholarship; the role of racialized ideas, language, and methods in biblical scholarship; the construct of Whiteness in contemporary institutional settings for the study of the Bible; and how racism inflects biblical scholarship offered to different audiences (the public, students, colleagues).

Program Unit Chairs

Jill Hicks-Keeton
Mark Leuchter

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