PAPERS Resources

AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

AAR Sessions (PDF)

Additional Meeting Sessions (PDF)

Session Index (PDF)

Participant Index (PDF)

Session Locations (PDF)

Exhibitor Index and Exhibit Hall Maps (PDF)

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Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This interdisciplinary Group 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.

Call for Papers: 

In 2015, the Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Group anticipates organizing three sessions.

The first will feature a colloquy by invited panelists to celebrate the life and work of Randall Bailey (Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA), jointly sponsored by three program units: the African American Biblical Hermeneutics Section (SBL), the Queer Studies and the Bible Section (SBL), and the Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Group (AAR).

The second, for which there is an open call for papers, will have as its theme, "Gospel Music of the American South." We invite proposals that explore the distinctive forms of gospel music that have developed in the American South and how they have shaped or been shaped by traditions of spirituality, biblical interpretation, theological reflection, or socio-political perspectives within the black church. Proposals featuring performed music especially welcome. (For a possible quad-sponsorship with the Christian Spirituality Group; the Music and Religion Group; the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements Group).

For the third session, proposals are solicited for papers exploring any of the following themes: (1) localized interrogations of identity using biblical books, themes, and tropes; (2) the deployment of the Bible in the generation of naming traditions and taxonomies within racial, ethnic, and indigenous communities; (3) the search for meaning and the engagement of biblical material through the lived experiences of subaltern and marginalized populations; (4) the Bible as interlocutor in the construction of ideas about public space, personal adornment, and food; and (5) the role of the Bible both in the inscription of racial, ethnic, and indigenous boundaries and in the reification of ideas about "otherness."

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