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

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Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group seeks to explore the historical and contemporary interface between theology and public life within the context of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s legacy in theology. Together with professional societies affiliated in the study of Bonhoeffer’s life and thought, the Group has explored a variety of topics from medical ethics to political life in a global context.

Call for Papers: 

We invite global readings of Bonhoeffer that place attention to race, gender, sexuality, and/or pluralism in conversation with core themes in Bonhoeffer’s work, such as Christology, ecclesiology, and discipleship. We also invite papers that explore the place of the aesthetic in Bonhoeffer’s life and thought or the generative power of Bonhoeffer’s life and thought for artistic expression.

In addition, together with the Theological Interpretation of Scripture unit of the SBL, we invite papers investigating aspects of Bonhoeffer as a theological interpreter of Christian scripture. Submissions may explore Bonhoeffer’s own exegetical practice and its application in particular cases, examine the role of exegesis in the construction of his own distinctive theological positions, or perhaps consider Bonhoeffer’s understanding of scripture and its consequences for contemporary debates about theological exegesis.

We will participate in a prearranged quad-sponsored author-meets-critic session on Reggie Williams’s Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (Waco: Baylor, 2014). Critics: Jennifer McBride, J. Kameron Carter, Keri Day, Clifford Green. The session is quad-sponsored with the Black Theology Group; the Theology and Religious Reflection Section; the Christian Theological Research Fellowship. This panel will be prearranged, proposals will not be considered. Advance inquiries, however, are welcome via email to the group chairs.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee