Conference Announcement

Ethnicity/Race/Religion: Identities, Ideologies, and Intersections in Biblical Texts and Interpretation
9-11th August 2016, Centre for Biblical Studies, University of Exeter, UK

The deadline for the call for papers for the Ethnicity/Race/Religion Conference is now only a few days away. To propose a paper, please submit your abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief indication of your current position and institutional affiliation to k.m.hockey@exeter.ac.uk by 5pm on Sunday 20th March 2016 (GMT). The open paper sessions will consist of 25 minutes for papers with additional time for questions and discussion.

We invite papers which are in line with the key questions of the conference:

How do ethnicity and race feature in constructions of identity in biblical text?
How have ideologies of race shaped biblical interpretation past and present?
How has the Bible and its interpretation contributed to racial ideologies and racist practices?
To what extent are the dominant models of biblical scholarship ‘Western’ in their assumptions? What might breaking out of these assumptions entail?

We welcome a range of approaches, whether (for example) focusing on a particular (or group of) biblical text(s); using a reception-historical or ideology-critical lens to explore the impact of biblical texts on ideologies of race; or relating biblical texts and their interpretation to historical or contemporary contexts in ways pertinent to the above questions. Abstracts will be preferred that both outline the paper’s proposed content and show a clear and relevant thesis.

Decisions on which papers can be accepted will be communicated by 30th April 2016.

Conference Website: http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/theology/research/conferences/identitiesideologiesandintersections/
Twitter: E/R/R Project @ERR_Conf2016