Television shows, news articles, and social media sites are currently crammed with conflicting discourses about transgender (trans) and genderqueer identities. Some of these discourses affirm the authenticity of trans and genderqueer people, while many others attempt to undermine or deny this authenticity. Biblical scholars have begun to explore these conversations, asking how Bible traditions might be read and interpreted in light of trans and genderqueer lives. In this special issue of JIBS, we invite contributors to join this important conversation, focusing specifically on the Bible and biblical scholarship as potential sites of resistance against transphobia and genderqueer intolerance. Topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • Trans and/or genderqueer hermeneutics: interpreting
    the Bible through a transgender and/or genderqueer reading lens;
  • Transfeminism and biblical interpretation;
  • Biblical interpretation as a source of (or
    source of resistance against) transphobia and genderqueer intolerance;
  • Biblical interpretation at the intersection: how
    biblical traditions can speak to trans and genderqueer identities alongside class,
    race, ability, and sexuality.
  • Biblical engagements with indigenous trans and
    genderqueer identities, including takatāpui, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, fakafifine,
    akava’ine, vakasalewalewa, palopa, aikāne, faafatama, fakaleiti, māhū,
    palopa, tangata ira tāne, whakawahine, hijra, and Two-Spirit.

Submissions should be between 4000 and 10,000 words. All submissions will be subject to the usual blind peer review process.

Send proposals to Guest Editor Caroline Blyth (c.blyth@auckland.ac.nz) by 28 February 2019. Completed submissions are expected by 30 June 2019.

We will not accept submissions that are complicit in any form of transphobia or genderqueer intolerance. The senior editorial team of JIBS strongly affirm the full authenticity and humanity of all trans and genderqueer people.

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