• Activism in the Classroom: A Case Study on De-Patriarchalising Biblical Studies for Future Generations

    Author(s):
    Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (view group) , Zanne Domoney-Lyttle, Sarah Nicholson
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Religious Studies, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
    Subject(s):
    Bible, Feminism, Political participation, Teaching
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Activism, Pedagogy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/n0a2-e260
    Abstract:
    Efficient activism in the classroom and beyond is contingent upon the ability to identify and understand ideological principles, to express opposition to injustice, to challenge and de-centre authority and privilege, and to redistribute power to those without. Moreover, it requires collective and collaborative action. This article is a case study of an Honours course titled Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World, which was delivered to students at the University of Glasgow in Spring 2019. The course itself was a form of feminist activism against oppressive patriarchal structures in biblical studies, and in academia more generally. Instructors made use of pedagogical tools that are not traditionally associated with the study of the Bible, and encouraged the development of community, both in the classroom and at the associated conference, to enable and empower student activism in a collaborative environment. This article charts the successes and failures of the course and conference and turns attention to the shape of feminist approaches to the Bible more generally.
    Notes:
    Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies 2.1 (2020), pp. 248-265.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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