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NAASR and the “Metacriticism of Biblical Studies” Program Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature are calling for proposals for a joint session at the 2015 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia; the call focuses on the generally inclusive nature of religious studies as a whole:
When Is the Big Tent Too Big? We seek papers that critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the “big tent” philosophy that governs professional organizations, publishing, and departments in religious studies and biblical studies. This “big tent” mixes etic and methodological naturalist perspectives with emic, confessional, and theological approaches to religion along with opportunities for interfaith dialogue. Contributors to this session identify the impact the Big Tent has on the secular study of religion and sacred texts and its status within the large world of secular disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.
For more information or to submit a proposal, please see the SBL webiste.