Bible, Empire, and Reception History conference – Live Streaming November 18-19, 2015


Columbia Theological Seminary announced that it will livestream its upcoming conference on Bible, Empire, and Reception History during November 18-19. The Bible, Empire, and Reception History conference will explore the production and use of the Bible in various historical and geographic contexts of empire. It will consider the use of postcolonial criticism in interpreting biblical texts and its implications in modern contexts.
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The live stream will be available on LiveStream. Columbia Theological Seminary (Georgia, Atlanta) is in the U.S. Eastern Standard Time zone (UTC/GMT -5 hours). The conference schedule is as follows:

8:30-9:00, Wednesday, November 18
Welcome, Introductions and Key Issues

9:00-12:30, Wednesday, November 18
Session # 1. The Bible and Ancient Empires
Keynote Speakers: Carol A. Newsom and Richard Horsley
Respondents: Warren Carter and Esther Menn
Panelists: Christine Yoder (Presider), Stephen Moore, Brent Strawn, Eric Barreto

2:00-5:30, Wednesday, November 18
Session # 2. The Bible, Empire, and the Americas
Keynote Speakers: Yvonne Sherwood and Jaime Lara
Respondents: Fernando Segovia and Rhondda Robinson Thomas
Panelists: Brennan Breed (Presider), Ana T. Valdez, Dianne Stewart, Gregory Cuéllar

9:00-12:30, Thursday, November 19
Session # 3. The Bible, Empire, and Asia
Keynote Speakers: Kwok Pui-Lan and Mitri Raheb
Respondents: Tat-Siong Benny Liew and Mrinalini Sebastian
Panelists: Raj Nadella (Presider), Jin Young Choi, Uriah Kim, Haruko Ward

2:00-5:30, Thursday, November 19
Session # 4. The Bible, Empire, and Africa
Keynote Speakers: Musa Dube and Hendrik Bosman
Respondents: Dora Mbuwayesango and Sarojini Nadar
Panelists: Emmanuel Lartey (Presider), Temba Mafico, Safwat Marzouk, Madipoane Masenya

Columbia have also made available videos of the conference presentations.


Tat-siong Benny Liew on Race and Academia

Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew delivers a lecture entitled “Guess Who’s Coming to Discourse? Thoughts on a More Hospitable Theological Education”, on the issue of race and academia. The lecture was delivered at the inauguration of Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan as the seventh President of Claremont School of Theology, on October 23, 2013.

Dr. Liew’s lecture begins at 11:30 in the video.

A close friend of President Kuan, Dr. Liew is currently the Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies at the Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA). Before teaching at Holy Cross, Liew taught at Chicago Theological Seminary and Pacific School of Religion/Graduate Theological Union. He is the author of Politics of Parousia: Reading Mark Inter(Con)textually (1999) and What is Asian American Biblical Interpretation? Reading the New Testament (2008). Liew has also edited The Bible in Asian America (with Gale Yee, 2002), Postcolonial Interventions (2009), They Were All Together in One Place? (with Randall Bailey and Fernando Segovia, 2009), Reading Ideologies (2011). He is also currently serving as the series editor of the Phoenix Guides to the New Testament and executive editor of the journal Biblical Interpretation (Brill). Born and raised in Hong Kong, Professor Liew is most interested and invested in reading and studying the New Testament across various academic disciplines.

Roundtable discussion of White Men’s Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery

Claremont Graduate Univerity’s Institute for Signifying Scriptures held a roundtable discussion of Vincent L. Wimbush’s White Men’s Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery (OUP, 2012), on October 11, 2012. The book examines The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789), the processes of scripturalization, and the production of discourse and counter-discourse, against the backdrop of slavery.

A roundtable book review of Vincent L. Wimbush’s “White Men’s Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery,” at Claremont Graduate University’s Institute for Signifying Scriptures. Moderator is Karen L. Yonemoto of Claremont McKenna College. Panelists are Ronne Hartfield, Robert Hill, Tat-siong Benny Liew, Charles H. Long, and Valorie Thomas.