Dr. Thomas Hanks encourages Biblicists to submit proposals on queer studies “and related scandals”

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SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) International Meeting to be held in Buenos Aires, July 2015

BRONX, NY.  by REV. STEPHEN PARELLI.  FEBRUARY 13, 2015.

Just today, Rev. Dr. Thomas Hanks, Other Sheep theologian and director of missions, informs that “for the first time the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) will not be held in Europe but here in Buenos Aires, Microcentro, 12 blocks from my apartment, July 20-24.”

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February 25 is the cut off for paper proposals.  Dr. Hanks encourages papers to be proposed on the topic of queer studies “and related scandals” the kind that often appear at the USA SBL annual meeting held yearly in the month of November.  Hanks forwarded the following email, dated February 9, 2015:

Dear Thomas D. Hanks,

The 2015 International Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, marks an exciting and historic opportunity for the Society, its members, and our mission to foster biblical scholarship.

This is the first time the SBL International Meeting will be held in Latin America—the first of many to come. There is still time to submit a paper proposal (click here), which I encourage you to do, but I write also to inform you of the finer details of this meeting.

Through partnerships with a variety of networks across Latin America, several special sessions are being developed. Topics of such sessions include colonialism and indigenous resistance in biblical interpretation; New Testament Apocrypha and popular religions in Latin America; popular readings of the Bible; and ecotheology in the Southern Hemisphere. Fifty-four program units have issued calls for papers on topics as diverse as ancient Near Eastern iconography; the Bible in Syriac studies; Gospels, healthcare and disability; and ancient diaspora Judaism in the Roman Empire. These sessions will run from Tuesday morning (July 21) through Friday midday (July 24). The opening session will be held on Monday (July 20) in the late afternoon. Further information about the location, schedule, registration and housing, and travel is provided here.

For a long time, the International Meeting remained almost exclusively in Europe, and SBL has made continuous efforts to change this for many, many reasons: members in other regions do not benefit from hosting the meeting and the opportunities it provides and produces; meetings in Europe every year force our colleagues from other locations to bear the greatest burden of cost and travel in order to benefit; and SBL does not benefit from the scholarship, perspectives, and experience of those from other parts of the world. This year’s meeting provides new, unique, and exciting opportunities to make connections, expand our scholarly perspectives, and support the work of colleagues across the world. We look forward to your contribution and participation.

Our mission to foster biblical scholarship is one we all advance.

Yours,
John F. Kutsko
Executive Director

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Hanks 24This blog was written in, and published to the Internet from, the Bronx, New York, on February 13, 2015.  The content of this blog was provided by Rev. Dr. Thomas Hanks in an email from him dated February 13, 2015.

Photo at right:  Tom Hanks presenting a paper at the at the Baltimore, Maryland, LGBT/Queer Hermeneutics Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, on November 25, 2013.

 

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1 comment for “Dr. Thomas Hanks encourages Biblicists to submit proposals on queer studies “and related scandals”

  1. Ken Knowlton
    May 17, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Tom Hanks – You may remember Mary and me from our contact in the UCC in Buenos Aires and the time we met you in Houston when you were leading a weekend seminar there. The last time we were together was briefly in a by-chance-meeting on Florida in 1998 the last night our last visit to Argentina. After Mary and I returned to Houston in 1992 we had resumed leadership in Stephen Ministry, a support group for people going through difficult times. About 10 years ago a small group in our UMC put on a panel discussion on supporting the families and friends of GLBT persons, a group that we immediately allied with. We have been allies in the group, Open Heart, ever since then. Mary and I thank you for the relationship we enjoyed with you over those years and for helping to open our eyes and hearts to the movement of the Spirit. Blessings on your work and mission. – Ken and Mary Knowlton

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