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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.
Meeting Program Units

2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/22/2014
Meeting Ends: 11/25/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 3/5/2014
Requirements for Participation

Paul and Politics


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We are planning three sessions for the San Diego meetings, two of which include calls for papers.   The FIRST SESSION is an open session inviting proposals for papers on any element of research related to the relationship(s) between "Paul" and "politics" (in the broadest sense of both of these terms).   The SECOND SESSION is an open call for papers, combined with one or more invited papers, on the theme of "Pauls" and politics. "Paul" has lived many political lives, from his own mission and letters to ancient Deutero-Pauline, Pastoral, and Theclan instantiations to robust (and tensive) iterations in the present and near past--in U.S. slavery and abolition discourses, in current U.S. cultural and political debates (around poverty, for example), and in Latin American politics and the theology of liberation, to name a few. We welcome proposals for papers on the lives of "Paul" as he has been presented in the politics of a given time and place, with particular attention paid to presenters' theories of reading for "Paul in politics."   The THIRD SESSION will be a joint session with Reading, Theory, and the Bible on a forthcoming edition of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Saint Paul. The only English version of Pasolini's unfilmed screenplay, Saint Paul, with a preface by Alain Badiou, is translated by Elizabeth Castelli and introduced by Ward Blanton. This session will include invited participants only. 

Program Unit Chairs

 Diana Swancutt
 Joseph A. Marchal

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