Society of Asian Biblical Studies
Theme: Biblical Hermeneutics in Indigenous Perspectives
Call for papers
SABS 2024 affirms that Indigenous matters in biblical studies and invites reflections on, and engagements around, two critical questions: What does the Bible have to do with Indigenous matters, in Asia and beyond? What could the Indigenous—peoples, cultures, civilizations, wisdoms, arts, concerns, struggles, prides, and other matters—in Asia and beyond, contribute to biblical studies? Proposals/papers that reflect on one or both of those questions are invited. Proposals/papers in other areas of biblical studies are also welcomed, with special attention to Asia and the Asian diaspora.
(1) Indigenous matters. Papers in one of the following sub-themes are welcomed.
(a) Indigenous subjects in biblical texts
Papers that reflect on the “indigenous subjects” (peoples, concerns, agendas, etc.) in biblical texts—both the obvious ones and the hidden, disguised, or erased ones—are invited. How are indigenous subjects (mis/re)presented, (mis)treated, and related to in biblical texts? In whose interests? Do their class, gender, and race matter?
(b) Indigenous reading of biblical texts
Papers that offer an “indigenous reading” of a biblical text(s) are invited. What does an indigenous reading look like? What are the questions asked in, and the characteristics of, so-called indigenous reading? How does indigenous reading work with a biblical text(s)?
(c) Indigenous criticisms and biblical studies
Papers that introduce and engage with indigenous studies outside of religious, theological, and biblical studies are invited. What are benefits or burdens of locating those innovations in the shadows of postcolonial or decolonial studies? How might biblical studies benefit from engaging those innovations? What might engaging those innovations look like, in application to biblical texts?
(d) Indigenous sacred texts and civilizations
Papers that present indigenous sacred texts and civilizations from Asia, and beyond, are invited. Have those indigenous texts and civilizations been adopted by established religions, and what are the benefits and burdens? How might those indigenous sacred texts and civilizations intersect and/or unravel biblical texts and traditions?
(e) other Indigenous matters
Papers that reflect on other Indigenous matters (outside of the four above) are also invited.
(2) General call
You may also propose papers in any of the areas of biblical studies but with attention to the Asian and Asian diaspora contexts (see table below).
Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Social Scientific Criticism
Pauline/Deutero Pauline Epistles
Disability Studies and the Bible
Receptions of the Bible
Pedagogical issues within biblical studies
Title of paper
Preferred stream / sub-theme
Oct 31, 2023: Deadline for receiving proposal
Dec 01, 2023: Notification of decision on proposal
Jan 05, 2024: First draft of program
Jan 16, 2024: Registration opens
April 30, 2024: Registration closes
July 10–15: SABS conference at Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary, Taiwan