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Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit

Call for Proposals

● OPEN CALL: We especially welcome panel proposals of every topic related to the themes of this Unit. As a commitment of this Unit, successful pre-arranged session or panel proposals must be attentive to gender and racial diversity.

● Recent trends, books, or themes in constructive theology.

● Theorists engaging constructive theological or textual thought.

● Papers working on intersectionality, critical race theory, ecocriticism, decolonial studies, disability or gender or sexuality studies.

● We welcome proposals that think with recent entanglements of constructive theology and biblical texts, for a potential panel or papers session. Papers might engage books such as Marc Redfield's Shibboleth: Judges, Derrida, Celan (Fordham University Press, 2020), or other recent texts in affect, ecology, or migration studies.

● Papers or panels that wrestle with the Presidential Theme: Religion, Poverty and Inequality: Contemplating Our Collective Futures, particular focused on the "Collective Futures" theme. Papers engaging futurity, queer futurity, utopianism, pessimism, Afropessimism, and other critical intersectional and temporal perspectives will be considered.

● We plan for a pre-arranged Book Review Panel on Catherine Keller's forthcoming Facing Apocalypse: Climate, Democracy and Other Last Chances (Orbis 2021).

● A roundtable session scheduled on the NRSV-Updated Edition for last year and postponed is tentatively scheduled for 2021.

● We also plan for a possible pre-arranged co-sponsorship with the Class, Religion and Theology 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.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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

Review Process Comments

This practice has served us well in the past, a combination of invited panels and reviewed panels and paper sessions. The final visibility allows for a second check on program diversity and intervention if need be.