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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

Womanist Interpretation

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: 1.INVITED REVIEW PANEL:Review of Love L. Sechrest's Race and Rhyme: Rereading the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2022) and Mitzi J. Smith's Chloe and Her People: A Womanist Critical Dialogue with First Corinthians (Cascade 2023). 2.OPEN CALL:While this is an open call for womanist interpretation papers, we are particularly interested in proposals that address womanist pedagogy in biblical studies and/or the pedagogical use of womanist biblical interpretation in other disciplines (e.g., liturgy, theology, Christian education, ethics). What does it mean and/or look like to teach as a womanist biblical scholar or to teach womanist biblical scholarship? What pedagogical decisions do you make regarding textbooks, course objectives, assignments, and so on, when teaching a course. What has been your pedagogical journey? What have you learned, retained, or changed? What motivates you or why do you teach using womanist interpretation? What course and/or student learning outcomes are specific to a womanist pedagogy? What are the non-negotiables? What are the challenges? 3.INVITED PANEL: Autobiographical Biblical Criticism or Critical Personal Narrative of Womanist and BIPOC biblical scholars. Most of us do not think about, read, or engage Scripture or construct theology in the same ways we did before we entered or graduated from seminary or PhD programs, after reading certain books or authors, and/or producing certain scholarship. We have changed in ways yet to be articulated. We invite BIPOC biblical scholars to discuss segments of their transformative journeys or critical progressive trajectories regarding their views of Scripture(s), interpretation, theology, etc. What Black women and women of color (i.e., mother, grandmother, other mothers, pastor, scholars, literary figure) informed your journey and how? What has changed? What remains the same? What were/are the hermeneutical/theological struggles? What are you still figuring out? What complexities remain?

Program Unit Chairs

Renita Weems
Mitzi J. Smith

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