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Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit

Call for Proposals

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

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

● Recent entanglements of constructive theology and biblical texts.

● Theorists engaging constructive theological or textual thought.

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

● Political theology: its recent trends, uses of sacred texts, conversation partners

● Papers or panels that think constructively or textually about Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, entering its 40th anniversary in 2020. We at least plan that one session will be a pre-arranged panel on DandG’s book and its themes. This session will be co-sponsored by the Reading, Theory and the Bible Unit of SBL and potentially the Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit of AAR.

● We seek papers/presentations that are reflections in response to the newly revised New Revised Standard Version of the Bible as an act of translation, production of an Academic Guild, or theological construction. Specifically, we seek theoretical reflections on the art of translation with respect to questions of culture, race, and community. Distant or recent histories of translations of biblical texts as they might shed light on translation in this cultural and political moment, ethnographically-grounded reflections on translations of biblical texts, and theories of translation as they negotiate, answer, or absent questions of culture, race, and community especially welcome.

● Papers or panels that wrestle with the Presidential Theme, “AAR as Academic Guild.”

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.