Activism in the classroom: a case study on de-patriarchalising Biblical Studies for future generations

Nicholson, S. and Domoney-Lyttle, Z. (2020) Activism in the classroom: a case study on de-patriarchalising Biblical Studies for future generations. Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, 2(1), pp. 248-265. (doi: 10.17613/n0a2-e260)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Feminism, Bible, language, community, activism.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nicholson, Dr Sarah and Domoney-Lyttle, Dr Zanne
Authors: Nicholson, S., and Domoney-Lyttle, Z.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
Journal Abbr.:JIBS
Publisher:Sheffield Phoenix Press
ISSN:2633-0695
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 University of Sheffield
First Published:First published in Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies 2(1):248-265
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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