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

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Bible, Theology, and Postmodernity Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group encourages dialogue between constructive theologians and biblical scholars, dealing with themes of interest to both disciplines in the wake of postmodernity. We encourage creative proposals that work at the intersection of biblical studies, contemporary philosophy, and theology.

Call for Papers: 

In keeping with the major theme of “valuing religion” at the 2015 Annual Meeting, the Bible, Theology, and Postmodernity Group welcomes paper and panel proposals that re-examine the value of the term postmodernity. We welcome papers that re-examine genealogies, themes, or possibilities in postmodern theology, and inquire about their continued relevance. We welcome papers that reflect on the turn to biblical themes and writers in postmodern theology and on their continuing importance. Given recent materialist turns toward linguistic constructions of reality and postcolonial critiques of postmodernity as a Eurocentric phenomenon, is the postmodern moment in theology already past? Are we “post-“postmodern? And if so, what’s on the horizon?

We also invite papers that think constructively on biblical stories and themes in contemporary cinema. How might we consider contemporary (postmodern) film as a resource for thinking about biblical texts, constructing theology, or cinema as a modes of postmodern theology?

We also invite papers to discuss Mayra Rivera's forthcoming book Poetics of the Flesh.

Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire: A Discussion of Carl Hughes' Book on Rhetoric and Performance in a Theology of Eros
In conjunction with the Kierkegaard, Religion and Culture Group, we are hosting a pr-arranged panel discussion on Carl Hughes' Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire (Fordham University Press, 2014). In this book, Hughes argues that for Kierkegaard, theology is desire for Kierkegaard, and that Kierkegaard uses rhetorical language and a sense of place and performance to "stage" desire for God, particularly in discourses in which the Christian liturgy is central. In doing so, Hughes' study raises questions about the meaning of said desire and its object for Kierkegaard, and about the significance that Kierkegaard places upon the dramatic or theatrical in communicating desire for God. Hughes' study, however, also has implications for the constructive theologian and religious thinker today, who might easily ask what it means to desire God against the backdrop of modernity and postmodernity; why the Bible is significant for articulating such desire; and what it means to perform that desire in a modern and postmodern context in which the ones doing the desiring or affected by the desiring are not homogeneous.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership: 
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