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2015 International Meeting

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Meeting Begins7/20/2015
Meeting Ends7/24/2015

Call for Papers Opens: 10/29/2014
Call for Papers Closes: 2/25/2015

Requirements for Participation

Bible and Empire


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Bible and Empire group will take advantage of this first meeting of the SBL in South America in order to focus on Latin American and post-colonial issues. To that end, two of our three sessions will be oriented towards the reception and use of the Bible in colonial and postcolonial imperial contexts. Proposals and papers in Spanish are welcomed.Our first session is entitled “Postcolonial perspectives on the use of the Bible by and against modern empires.” This session will include four plenary addresses by invited speakers representing different demographics that have been especially impacted by colonial and postcolonial imperialism. Speakers will address the impact and utilization of the Bible by and against these various empires. An invited respondent will comment on the insights of the plenary presenters, and an hour will be allotted to discussion between the audience and the panel. An open call is not being issued for this session. The second session will be held as a joint session with ISBL's "Bible and its Influence" section, in conjunction with the EABS' "The Bible in the Iberian World" group. It is entitled “Reception of the Bible in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Empires”. This too will be an occasion for focus on reception history. We invite proposals that explore the ways in which the Bible has been received and utilized in the empires of the Iberian Peninsula (i.e. Spain and Portugal), in Central and South America (whether with reference to conquistadors, indigenous empires, or contemporary post-colonial empires), and also in the Latino population in the USA (whether with reference to Latino gangs or to address cultural/political/economic imperialism). The third session will be an open session focusing on empires and imperialism in the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, and the New Testament. Analyses of the ancient texts from any number of critical and interpretive perspectives are welcomed and encouraged.

Program Unit Chairs

Christopher M. Hays
Matthew J.M. Coomber

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