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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This interdisciplinary Unit emphasizes traditions of reading and interpreting the Bible in racial, ethnic minority, and indigenous communities. We welcome perspectives utilizing such diverse methodologies as the history of religion, ethnography, literary studies, cultural or social criticism, and postcolonial studies in investigating how the Bible has been used in preaching, storytelling, religious education, transmission of values, and social movements in various historical periods.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers for the following session:

• The Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities (BREIC) Unit and the Afro-American Religious History Unit will co-sponsor one session with the Mormon Studies Unit. The units are collectively interested in papers that connect to the fortieth anniversary of the 1978 “Official Declaration 2,” when Spencer W. Kimball extended the priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy male members of the LDS Church. Topics might include African American religious history, post-colonialism and globalization, Black or womanist theology, scriptural interpretation of race, or responses to the Declaration by non-LDS communities. We also especially seek papers that address the role and history of Latter-day Saint movements in Native communities; the LDS theology of Native peoples and responses within Native communities to the same; and historical opposition to the Indian Child Welfare Act. BREIC also solicits papers for an open session focusing on biblical engagement by individuals and / or institutions within racial, ethnic, or indigenous communities. Of particular interest are essays and presentations exploring water and land rights; religious identity; migration; social settings, both marginal and mainstream; texts; and hermeneutical strategies, particularly those of an esoteric nature. In addition, we are looking to develop an experimental session that might go beyond the standard “read aloud paper” session.

Method: 
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