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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

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Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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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: 

Formerly known as The Bible, Theology, and Postmodernity Group, this unit now works within the exciting and more capacious intersection of sacred texts, contemporary theory, and theological construction.

• Firstly, our call is an open call for papers. We welcome paper and panel proposals by theologians and biblical scholars and other scholars of sacred texts. We welcome proposals from scholars working on a range of themes from postcolonial, critical race, queer, and ecocritical perspectives on theory, theological construction, and sacred texts. Contemporary or emerging themes in constructive theology are especially sought after.

• The Liberation Theologies Unit and Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit call for paper or panel proposals for a co-sponsored session specifically working with sacred texts, theory, and theology in contemporary liberation and social justice movements. We especially welcome proposals that think about the role of sacred texts informing water protectors at Standing Rock (resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline), contemporary use of theology and sacred texts in #BlackLivesMatter, or other global liberation movements. We mean "texts" in broad definition to mean anything from biblical studies to anything that can be "read" or "interpreted" visually, orally, literarily, etc. We also welcome theological construction that thinks from, alongside, or in the wake of these social justice movements. What texts motivate liberation? What creative theological transformation happens in the textual space of social justice movements? How are new texts created and what are some new "sacred texts" emerging from these movements?

• Finally, in addition to these calls, the STTTC unit will host an invited book review panel on Shelly Rambo's forthcoming book Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma (Baylor University Press, 2017). We encourage you to keep an eye out for announcements of our panel on this exciting work. According to Resurrecting Wounds, "The doubting Thomas story is often told as a story about the veracity and triumph of Christian faith. And yet it is a wound story. Interpretations of this gospel account reflect Christianity’s unease with wounds that remain on the body of the risen Jesus. By returning readers to this familiar passage in the Gospel of John, this book expands the scope of the Upper Room. The powerful biblical images of resurrection—encounters with wounds, the invitation to touch, and the formation of a community—present visions of truth-telling and of healing that meet the pressing questions of wounds surfacing in the midst of life. While traditional accounts of resurrection in Christian theology have focused on the afterlife, this book forges a theology of resurrection wounds in the 'afterliving.'"

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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