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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
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2014 International Meeting

Vienna, Austria

Meeting Begins: 7/6/2014
Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 10/28/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2014
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Postcolonial Studies

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Postcolonial Diversity

Instead of treating postcolonialism as a limited set of conceptual tools brought to the interpretation of biblical texts, this session invites papers that reflect on the diversity of postcolonial theories, practices and contexts.

Transnational comparisons may show how biblical topics relate in diverse ways, for example, to the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the formation of the state of Israel, the post-colonial politics of Burma or Hong Kong, land rights in Aotearoa/New Zealand, or religious practices in Samoa. Analysis may identify key historical problems, or suggest how postcolonial studies might inform political and economic initiatives, such as reconciliation or the negotiation of land rights.

Our session at the International SBL meeting in Argentina (2015) will be devoted to postcolonial studies in the context of the Americas.

Program Unit Chairs

 Mark G. Brett
 Philip Chia
 Monica J. Melanchthon

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SBL membership is required to participate in the meeting. In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, SBL offers reduced membership rates to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Individuals in these countries may pay the reduced fees of $15 for full membership and $10 for student membership. If you are a not a member of SBL but live or work in an ICI country and are interested in participating in the meeting, please consider becoming an ICI member.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

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