This workshop seeks to explore contemporary decolonial approaches to biblical interpretation. Coloniality refers to the long-standing patterns that emerged as a result of colonialism and that validate the production of knowledge through Western paradigms in an exclusive manner, which is still unfortunately still the case in Biblical studies.
Consequently, “decolonising biblical studies” entails identifying and deconstructing such patterns and paradigms while bringing to the fore hermeneutics nurtured by those who have been historically colonised. To illustrate how this process is currently developing in the biblical field, and also to help further it, this workshop invites various researchers in biblical studies to present papers in the following three areas:
1) Discussions of current approaches of decolonising biblical studies.
2) Reflections on the challenges “minority” scholars face in the field of biblical studies.
3) Exegetical explorations that integrate decolonial hermeneutical approaches of the Bible.
It is expected that the contributions and the ensuing dialogue will pinpoint the challenges and complexities of decolonising biblical studies in a way that fosters plurality of approaches and strategies.
Decolonisation, Postcolonial and Minority Criticisms, Biblical Interpretation, Exegesis, Global South, Reception of the Bible