Southwest Commission on Religious Studies
Southwest Regional Meeting Preliminary Program of Events
March 6, 2021

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9:00AM – 10:20AM: Concurrent Sessions I

AAR-SW: “Academy in Crisis”

In these current times, universities are facing an unprecedented crisis that has led to budget cuts, institutional restructuring, and other changes. In this roundtable, we’ll discuss how these material conditions have affected the discipline of religious studies. What do they mean for our guild? Our scholarship? Our teaching? Our students? Where do we go from here?

The panelists are:
Rebecca Huskey, University of Oklahoma
Gayle Pagnoni, Boniuk Institute, Rice University
Donna Bowman, University of Central Arkansas
Josafrayn Sanchez- Perry, University of Texas at Austin
Moderator: Chad J. Pevateaux, Texas Wesleyan University

ASSR: Baptists and the Holy Spirit

Theme: Roundtable Discussion of C. Douglas Weaver’s Baptists and the Holy Spirit: The Contested History with Holiness-Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements

Presiding: Darren J. N. Middleton, Texas Christian University
Cheryl Bridges Johns, Pentecostal Theological Seminary: 9:00am-9:15am
João Chaves, Hispanic Theological Initiative: 9:15am-9:30am
Leah Payne, Portland Seminary, George Fox University: 9:30am-9:45am
Carol Holcomb, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor: 9:45am-10:00am
Douglas Weaver, Baylor University: 10:00am-10:15am
Open conversation from 10:15am-10:30am

SBL-SW: Women and the Society of Biblical Literature 

The SBL Hebrew Bible and New Testament sections of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies have joined to host a virtual session that reviews the recently published (2019) Women and the Society of Biblical Literature (Biblical Scholarship in North America; edited by Nicole Tilford). Several of the contributors to this volume will participate, as well as others. The volume traces the history of female members of the SBL from the earliest members, whose careers were largely tied to the careers of their fathers or spouses and to institutions concerned with the education of young women, to the latest members, who now serve on editorial boards, present papers, publish books/articles, and mentor students. Over 30 leading female biblical scholars contributed to the volume.

Presiding: Rebecca Poe Hays, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Stephen B. Reid, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Baylor University
Nicole L. Tilford, Society of Biblical Literature Press
Kimberly Bauser McBrien, Trinity University

10:20AM – 10:30AM: Break

Be sure to visit this year’s book vendor to take advantage of the SWCRS Conference discounts.

10:30AM – 11:50AM: Concurrent Sessions II

KBC (KOREAN BIBLICAL COLLOQUIUM) SW: “Generational Consciousness in Biblical Studies: A Korean/Korean American Perspective”

Presider: Sung Soo Hong, University of Texas at Austin

Paper 1: Jerry Park, Baylor University: “On a Sociology of Generations”
Paper 2: John Ahn, Howard University: “Jacob and Joseph as Third and Fourth Generations”
Paper 3: Jin Young Kim, Oklahoma State University: “Generational Tensions and Resolutions in Luke-Acts”
Response 1: Stephen Reid, George W. Truett Seminary
Response 2: Mitzi Smith, Columbia Seminary
Discussion: 15 mins


AAR-SW: “Equity in the Pandemic”

The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenges that have not been distributed equitably across our society. It has also brought to light long-standing issues of inequality for marginalized groups in this country. In this roundtable, we’ll consider how the inequities of the pandemic have affected and been addressed by religious communities. We’ll also consider how the pandemic has disproportionately burdened women and scholars of color in religious studies and other disciplines. What new opportunities for equity are arising?

Moderator: Antoinette DeNapoli, Texas Christian University

Nathan Eric Dickman, University of the Ozarks
Michael D. Royster, Prairie View A&M University
Lora J. Walsh, University of Arkansas
Malcolm Foley, Baylor University

SBL-SW: “Second Temple/Hellenistic Judaism Panel”

Invited panel discussing Caryn Tamber-Rosenau’s Women in Drag: Gender and Performance in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Literature (Gorgias, 2018).  Following the panelists’ reviews and the author’s formal response, there will be time for open discussion.

Presider: Joseph McDonald, Brite Divinity School/TCU

Caryn Tamber-Rosenau, University of Houston
Susanne Scholz, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
David Schones, Austin College
Meredith Stone, Executive Director of Baptist Women in Ministry

12:00PM – 12:30PM: Annual Awards Ceremony and Concluding Session