• Activism in the Queer Biblical Studies Classroom

    Author(s):
    Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (view group) , Chris Greenough
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Religious Studies, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
    Subject(s):
    Queer and gender studies, Pedagogy, Activism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/qtjg-sd74
    Abstract:
    This article serves as an injunction for queer biblical studies to be reclaimed and mobilised as activist practice. First, I discuss the application and activist potential of queer theory – in and beyond the academy. To address concerns around queer elitism, I argue how rupturing the binary between theory and practice recharges the accessibility and the activist potential of queer. In my discussion of queer pedagogy in the biblical studies classroom, I offer practical strategies based on queer commentaries in teaching and learning. I explore the notions of risk, experimentation and failure, as well as of tackling specific issues relating to resistance to queer biblical criticism based on religious faith. Moreover, I consider how flipped learning theory can offer a personalised and holistic approach to queer studies. In emphasising the value of queer biblical studies as activist practice, I stress inclusion, intersectionality and student-educator parity as important elements in this project. In detailing my commitment to activism, I conclude that true commitment to social justice means that researchers aspire for their work to be irrelevant to future audiences: When the work of activist academics becomes irrelevant, it means scholarship has effected change, with social justice becoming realised rather than wish-ideology.
    Notes:
    Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies 2.1 (2020), pp. 107-126.
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