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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit works with the unique intersection of sacred texts, contemporary theory, and theological construction. We call for papers engaged in contemporary constructive theology that think in innovative ways with sacred texts and contemporary biblical studies. We encourage dialogue between constructive theologians and biblical scholars from AAR and SBL, dealing with themes of interest to both academic disciplines in the wake of postmodernity. Topics range from theological hermeneutics to the value of theology, interrogations of our new theoretical contexts to constructive theological proposals, and from the use of sacred texts by contemporary theorists to the use of those contemporary theorists in constructive theology. This unit encourages and is receptive to creative proposals that work at the intersection of biblical studies, contemporary philosophy, theory, and theology.

Call for Papers: 

This Unit firstly welcomes paper and panel proposals in an open call by constructive theologians, biblical scholars and other scholars of sacred texts. We welcome proposals from scholars working on a range of themes from decolonial, feminist, critical race, queer, and ecocritical perspectives on theory, theological construction, and sacred texts. Contemporary or emerging themes in constructive theology are especially sought after. For 2019 in San Diego, we also seek proposals on the following themes:

● OPEN CALL: We especially welcome and privilege panel proposals of every topic.

● Unexamined Contexts and Public Entanglements (Co-Sponsored with the Contextual Biblical Studies Unit of SBL) -
We invite papers for an open session that focuses on the multiple overlaying, unexamined, hidden forces and conditions of biblical and theological scholarship, particularly in its more public instantiations. What is still taken for granted even when scholars attempt to make explicit their contexts and assumptions? What remains unsaid when scholars speak about their own location and cultural/subjective positioning? How do scholars continue to interrogate those intersectional contexts (e.g., geographical, academic, gender, sexuality, race, ability, materiality of the bible, education, class) particularly in the tensions, possibilities, and unromantic realities of public scholarship? What theories and experiences might help us complicate the question of where we come from, what forces affect our work,and who our imagined audiences are? What are the pitfalls and possibilities in writing contextual scholarship in biblical studies and constructive theology for constituencies other than those in our immediate academic circles? How do we interrogate unexamined contexts?

Planetary Promise in Global Lutheran Traditions: Reading Sacred and Scarred Texts (Co-Sponsored with Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit) -
We invite papers for an open call that wrestle with the complex interaction of studies of Global Lutheran Traditions, Sacred Texts, and our planetary crises. Biblical texts and theologies doing violence to these have been used for planetary destruction as well as planetary liberation and healing. And land itself serves as text bearing witness to those histories. Land is sacred and scarred in the wake of Christian colonialisms, ecological violence, and exploitation. Co-sponsored by the Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit and the Sacred Texts, Theory and Theological Unit, this open papers session queries into eco-theological voices as sources for exploring the complex legacy of sacred and scarred texts that Global Lutheran Traditions carry with them. We extend a special invitation to scholars of sacred texts, biblical scholars, Indigenous scholars, and theologians working in the environmental humanities. Such papers might wrestle with contemporary themes in the environmental humanities: petrocultures, Indigenous studies, environmental racism and colonialism, eco-hermeneutics, critical animal and plant studies, Anthropocene studies, queer ecology, affect theory, etc. These papers may also take a historical view, asking into the environmental history of Martin Luther and other Lutheran reformers or Global Lutheran Traditions.

● We've also planned for a book review panel on John Thatamanil's forthcoming book on constructive theology and interreligious learning.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee