Sofia 2024 Call for Papers
A workshop, ‘Intersectional Criticism: Gender, Class, Race, Sexuality, and Disability’ will be hosting a session at the Conference Sofia 2024. This workshop builds on the successful work of “Minority and Postcolonial Criticism: Exegetical Explorations & Decolonial Approaches to Biblical Interpretation” workshop, which was held last year. Throughout the process of establishing biblical studies as a field, a field has been dominated by white, western, heterosexual, Christian men. This historic hegemony has meant that scholars who inhabit the aforementioned social location are upheld as normative and therefore are not required to interrogate or state their positionality. In light of this context, this symposium earnestly poses the critical query, what about the rest of us?
We encourage scholars to work on a wide range of hermeneutical approaches and angles but centring on the question of what it means to intersect: for example,
1. Biblical interpretations interested in ‘queering’ or challenging traditional readings of the text.
2. Exegesis focusing on intersectional hermeneutical lenses.
3. Papers using interdisciplinary methodologies; for example cognitive linguistics or sociological approaches such as social trauma theory.