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Please plan to attend
the Women's Caucus meetings
at the AAR/SBL convention
November 19-22, 2016, in San Antonio, TX.

This fall issue includes:
1. Convention Details
2. News
3. Resources and Reviews
Access more resources and information at our website.


1. 2016 SESSIONS - Crossing Boundaries: The Transformation of Feminist Scholarship

As the field of Gender and Religion continues to become more complex, the 2016 Women’s Caucus will be focusing on the intersectionality of categories and areas of study that now contribute to the field. In addition to the sessions below, the 2016 Women’s Caucus will continue its work to preserve the archives of this historic organization, as well as support efforts to film and record leading figureheads of feminist theologies. Each of the following Women’s Caucus sessions will be convened by one of the Women’s Caucus co-chairs, either Elizabeth Ursic or Marcelle Williams, and at least one other member from the Women’s Caucus leadership team.

Complete session information here. Unless otherwise noted, at Convention Center-221A (2nd Level - East) 

SCHEDULE: welcome to attend as many as you can!

A18-204  Friday - 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Theme: Blurring Boundaries: Women’s Caucus Gathering and Workshop on the Transformation of Feminist Scholarship - also introducing the film project Forging Voice

A19-105  Saturday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Theme: Agitating Boundaries: Intersectionality and Political Action - global perspectives and agendas

A19-143  Saturday - 11:45 AM-12:45 PM                   
Theme: Brown Bag Lunch Workshop Supporting Regional Leadership - discuss enhancing existing resources, identifying needs, and future strategies for inclusion and full spectrum participation in the regional AAR meetings

A19-206  Saturday - 1:00 PM-3:30 PM                   
Theme: Melting Boundaries: Sacred Stories from Non-Sacred Sources - a lively conversation about the nature of divinity from feminist perspectives

A19-315  Saturday - 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Joint Session: Women and Religion Section and Women's Caucus
Theme: Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow, Goddess and God in the World (Fortress Press, 2016): An Embodied Theological Conversation
NOTE: Convention Center-Stars at Night 4 (3rd Level)

A20-152  Sunday - 11:45 AM-12:45 PM       
Theme: The Parliament of World Religions Women’s Task Force – A Brown Bag Discussion with leadership of the Parliament of World Religions on women’s programming for the next Parliament of World Religions.

A20-202  Sunday - 1:00 PM-2:30 PM                   
Theme: Emerging Scholars Crossing, Trans/gressing, and B(l)ending Gender: Who Do You Say I Am? - feminist theology and religion that contributes to the troubling of binaries especially as related to gender and sexuality.

A20-256  Sunday - 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Theme: Pushing Boundaries: Publishing New Books on Gender and Religion - presenting authors on Gender and Religion in 2015-2016 

A21-149  Monday - 11:45 AM-12:45 PM       
Theme: Women's Caucus Business Meeting - reviewing this year’s panels, discussing ongoing projects / the 2017 conference, and presenting the leadership team for 2017

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2. News:
*Elizabeth Ursic, co-chair of the Women's Caucus, has been appointed chair of the Women's Task Force at the Parliament of World Religions. Congratulations to Elizabeth on her work on behalf of women. 

*The AAR/SBL Women's Caucus has endorsed a statement for the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of WomenJulia Berger, PHD Candidate in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Kent writes:
The statement that the Working Group on Faith and Feminism will be submitted to the UN for the 2017 Commission on the Status of Women. (See the Faith and Feminism Facebook page.) The document will become part of the official UN record of the Commission on the Status of Women and will receive a UN document number in the 61st session of the Commission, New York, 13-24 March 2017.

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3. She Reads: a blog and some new books among many on gender, feminism, Bible, and religion

*Read our blog by clicking here.

Bible Trouble*Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship Teresa J. Hornsby and Ken Stone, editors (ISBN 9781589835528)
This collection of essays engages queer theories for purposes of biblical interpretation. The title phrase “Bible Trouble” plays on Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, gesturing toward a primary text for contemporary queer theory. The essays consider, among others, the Lazarus story, the Ethiopian eunuch, “gender trouble” in Judges 4 and 5, the Song of Songs, and a coupling of the books of Samuel and the film Paris Is Burning . This volume “troubles” not only the boundaries between biblical scholarship and queer theory but also the boundaries between different frameworks currently used in the analysis of biblical literature, including sexuality, gender, race, class, history, and literature. The contributors are Ellen T. Armour, Michael Joseph Brown, Sean D. Burke, Heidi Epstein, Deryn Guest, Jione Havea, Teresa J. Hornsby, Lynn R. Huber, S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Joseph A. Marchal, Jeremy Punt, Erin Runions, Ken Stone, Gillian Townsley, Jay Twomey, and Manuel Villalobos.

Transgender*Transgender, Intersex, and Biblical Interpretation: Teresa J. Hornsby and Deryn Guest (ISBN 9781628371352)
Hornsby and Guest introduce readers to terms for the various identities of trans people and how the Bible can be an affirmation of those deemed sexually other by communities. This book offers readings of well-known (e.g., Genesis 1; Revelation) and not so well known (2 Samuel 6; Jeremiah 38) narratives to illustrate that the Bible has been translated and interpreted with a bias that makes heterosexuality and a two-sex, two-gender system natural and thus divinely ordained. The authors present examples that show gender was never a binary, and in the Bible gender and sex are always dynamic categories that do, and must, transition.

Mother Goose*Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan and Tina Pippin, editors (ISBN 9781589834415)
Who are the mothers in the biblical text? What do they do? What kinds of power do they have? Issues of identity, authority, violence, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, sexual exploitation and rape-marriage, murder, and relation to God have haunted the characters and representations of motherhood from Eve to Mary and beyond. For better or for worse, these images speak potent messages even today. To explore biblical mothers and their relationships with their daughters and sons, the contributors to this volume participate in a comparative analysis between biblical mothers and mothers in popular media, history, literature, and the arts. The diversity of methods they employ prompts a rich discussion on the deconstruction of motherhood, offering new ways of envisioning both biblical and contemporary motherhood.

Revelation*Untold Tales from the Book of Revelation: Sex and Gender, Empire and Ecology by Stephen D. Moore (ISBN 9781589839908)
The book of Revelation is at once the New Testament’s most notable example of anti-imperial resistance literature, its most sex-preoccupied text, and its most ecologically pertinent text. As such, Revelation has been a magnet for empire-critical and postcolonial, feminist and queer, and ecotheological and ecocritical interpretations. Untold Tales from the Book of Revelation is a collection of previously published critical and postcritical essays that brings these and other contemporary critical lenses to bear on Revelation’s apocalyptic opacities and ethical conundrums. 

*" Gender Equality " for Women in the Global North at the Expense of Women in the Global South? The Case of Filipino Au pairs in Norway by Zubia Willmann Robleda
The numbers of au pair from the Philippines in Norway have been rising exponentially since the turn of the century and with this the debate in the media and academia has also escalated. This essay aims at exploring the reasons behind such phenomenon in relation to the feminisation of migration mainly due to the demand of domestic and care workers from the Global South in the Global North.

*Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues by Kathryn D. Blanchard and Jane S. Webster, eds.
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9089

*Sacrifice and Gender in Biblical Law by Nicole J. Ruane 
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9481

*Envisioning the Book of Judith: How Art Illuminates Minor Characters by Andrea M. Sheaffer
https://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10224 

*Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide by Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi, editors
Did you know that Eve appears in the New Testament? Linda Schearing delves into the history of interpretation for the "first woman."

*Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide by Marion Ann Taylor, ed.; Agnes Choi, associate ed.
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8637

Eve in the New Testament by Linda S. Schearing
The "first woman" of Genesis 2-4 has a history of interpretation matched by few biblical characters. Yet for such a well-known biblical character, Eve is mentioned remarkably infrequently in the New Testament. 

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