AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
In 2017, the Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Unit will sponsor an invited panel on the role of critical biblical engagement by minoritized and subaltern peoples within both the discipline of Religious Studies and professional societies such as the American Academy of Religion. The panel will also consider the intersectional dimensions of Biblical research; the contested space such work occupies within the disciplinary landscape of the humanities and social sciences; and the at times fraught conditions under which both biblical studies and the Liberal Arts compete for resources and recognition in the modern academy.