Conference Date: December 4-5, 2017
Location: Queens College, Flushing, New York
- To the extent that we acknowledge the divisive and exclusionary impulses within the Abrahamic religions, what new approaches to the study and interpretation of the Abrahamic Scriptures might help us counteract those impulses?
- How is hospitality towards the stranger essential to and not merely a contingent byproduct of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim faiths?
- What hermeneutic or analytic resources can we mine from the Abrahamic Scriptures that can help us examine and address racism and racial prejudice?
- How can we come to a renewed understanding of the significance/role of women in the three Abrahamic scriptures?
- How might the Jewish, Christian, or Muslim scriptures provide new approaches to probing or addressing the challenges posed by LGBTQ individuals to religious communities?
- How can we read the stance towards the infidel/unbeliever/heretic in the Jewish, Christian, or Muslim scriptures in more nuanced ways?
- What might a stranger-friendly hermeneutical approach look like and how might it be argued for?
- How can the challenge of welcoming the other qua other inform or transform our pedagogies, or the ways in which we engage one another as scholars?
- How can acknowledging and inhabiting our own status as strangers (e.g., as Biblical scholars in secular institutions) help us better understand the ethical challenge posed by the stranger?