SBL/AAR Annual Meeting 2014: Asian North American Study Groups


*We are pleased to announce the full schedule of Asian North American Study Groups for the upcoming SBL/AAR conference in San Diego, CA 2014.


1. SBL

Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics (A)

9:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Room: 206 (Level 2 (Indigo)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: Book Review: How Immigrant Christians Living in Mixed Cultures Interpret Their Religion: Asian-American Diasporic Hybridity and Its Implications for Hermeneutics by Julius-Kei Kato

Jin Young Choi, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Presiding (5 min)
Joseph Cheah, University of Saint Joseph, Panelist (20 min)
Yak-Hwee Tan, Council for World Mission, Panelist (20 min)
Uriah Kim, Hartford Seminary, Panelist (20 min)
Julius-Kei Kato, King’s University College at Western University, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (20 min)


2. SBL

Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation (A)

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: AB (Level 3 (Aqua)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: Reading in These Times: The Critical Task

Abraham Smith, Southern Methodist University, Presiding
Cheryl Anderson, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Panelist (15 min)
Kwok Pui Lan, Episcopal Divinity School, Panelist (15 min)
Tat-siong Benny Liew, College of the Holy Cross, Panelist (15 min)
Ahida Pilarski, Saint Anselm College, Panelist (15 min)
Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Saint John’s University, Panelist (15 min)
Vincent Wimbush, Claremont Graduate University, Panelist (15 min)


3. SBL

Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics (B)

1:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Room: Room 30 E (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Chloe Sun, Logos Evangelical Seminary, Presiding (5 min)
Andrew Giorgetti, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena)
In the Service of the King: Chinese Court Tales, the Book of Daniel, and Presumption of Resistance (25 min)
Lee, Jae-Hee, Brite Divinity School (TCU)
An Asian Feminist Reading of Philippians with the Method of “Continental Self-reference” (25 min)
Ekaputra Tupamahu, Vanderbilt University
Reading Pauline Concept of Hyiothesia in Conversation with the Indonesian Concept of Pela Gandong (25 min)
Baek Hee Kim, Brite Divinity School (TCU)
Habakkuk, Man of Joy? The Reception History of the Book of Habakkuk in the Korean Church (25 min)


4. SBL

Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation (B)

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room 7 A (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Reading in These Times: Migration, Economics, and Militarization

Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz, Seattle University, Presiding
Margaret Aymer, Interdenominational Theological Center, Panelist (15 min)
Jin Young Choi, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Panelist (15 min)
Jacqueline Hidalgo, Williams College, Panelist (15 min)
Safwat Marzouk, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Inc, Panelist (15 min)
Hugh Page, University of Notre Dame, Panelist (15 min)
Federico Roth, Azusa Pacific University, Panelist (15 min)


1. AAR

Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group (A)

Jennifer McWeeny, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Presiding
Theme: Liberating Traditions: Asian Religions and Transnational Feminisms
Saturday – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Convention Center-31A


Ashby Butnor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Saba Fatima, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Chela Sandoval, University of California, Sant Barbara
Ruth L. Smith, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Robin Wang, loyola Marymount University
Sandra A. Wawrytko, San Diego, CA


2. AAR

Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group (B)

Rachel A. R. Bundang, Convent and Stuart Hall, Presiding
Theme: Borders, Resistance, and Theological Imaginings of Home
Tuesday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Convention Center-25C

Henry Kuo, Graduate Theological Union
An Asian American Theological Awakening: Mondialization and the Church

JuneHee Yoon, Drew University
Border Dwellers: Imagining an Ethical Diasporic Community for Korean American Christians

Kayko Driedger Hesslein, Graduate Theological Union
Decolonizing Colonial Resistance: A Religious Perspective on the AAAS and NAAIIS boycotts of Israeli Academic Institutions

Ren Ito, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
Rethinking Borders in Theologies of Migration

Nancy A. Pineda-Madrid, Boston College

Business Meeting:
Devin Singh, Yale University, and Michael Sepidoza Campos, Graduate Theological Union, Presiding

3. AAR

Korean North American Theology Book Reviews (Additional Meeting)

AAR November 23, 2014
Sapphire Room 411B at the Hilton Bayfront
Name Grace Kim (Georgetown University) Presiding

Cosmopolitan Theology by Namsoon Kang/ Spirit, Qi and the Multitude by Hyo-Dong Lee
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Reviews: Cosmopolitan Theology Prof. Krista E. Hughes (Hanover College) 7:00-7:10
Response: Prof. Namsoon Kang (Texas Christian University) 7:10-20

Q & A: 7:20-30

Review: Spirit, Qi and the Multitude Prof. Anselm Min (Claremont Graduate University) 7:30-7:40
Response: Hyo-Dong Lee (Drew University) 7:40-7:50

Q & A: 7:50-8:00 Adjournment

Please do not hesitate to contact Sunggu Yang at for additional information on other events to be announced here.

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