Politization of Bibles and Biblization of Politics in the Twenty-First Century


Biblical Interpretation today is characterized by a variety of different concerns and approaches. The focus of this programme unit is on the use and misuse of biblical texts in past and present politics, in the broadest sense; and conversely, on the use and misuse of politics in biblical interpretation and transmission. The scope may include analysis of the biblical and related texts and contexts, questions of method and theory, and especially attention to interpretations- interpreters and their contexts. Papers are welcome from such perspectives as psychology and psychoanalysis, philosophy, postcolonial studies, gender studies, social studies, economic studies, racial-ethnic studies, and queer studies.


Contemporary Biblical Interpretation, Political Interests and Impacts, Interpretive Communities, Bibles and Politics


Jeremy Punt
Stellenbosch University

Steffi Fabricius
University of Siegen

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Toulouse 2022 Call for Papers

Bibles and Populism: Issues of Identiti(es)?

In recent years we have focused on various ways and means used by communities for adapting “their” bibles for political ends – in the widest signification of “political” – the past as well as the present. Continuing our project of investigating how bibles are conceived today and how they are defined and enlisted for shaping societies and for remembering the future, be those societies religious or secular, in 2022 the focus falls again on the interplay between politics, populism and bibles, but with special attention to issues infracting human identity and biblical hermeneutics in the popular arena. The dynamics that are involved and invoked when populists appropriate biblical texts as much as the hermeneutics of the Bible’s presence in the politics of populism are often informed by or interact with race, gender and sex, age, ableness, citizenship and a range of other aspects of identity. Papers are invited that explicitly explore the intersection of bibles and populism and the hermeneutics at work from a variety of methods (e.g. discourse analysis, conceptual metaphors and metonymy as well as other cognitive and linguistic theories) and approaches (particularly critical race theory, gender studies, queer and crip theory).