Who's Reading Who? Interpretation and Ethics
Welcome back to the second and final expert panel on reading and interpreting authoritative texts, cosponsored by Virginia Tech Department of Religion and Culture and the BRANE Collective. In this webinar, we will be asking the question, Who's Reading Who? i.e., whose forms of reading and interpreting texts read (meaning see and analyze) and critique the dominant forms of reading and interpretation we discussed in our first webinar. We will also be taking a look at forms of engaging authoritative texts in a wide array of cultural contexts. Panelists include Lynn Huber (Elon), M Adryael Tong (ITC), Ericka Dunbar (Spelman), Charlotte Eubanks (Penn State), and Lauren Osborne (Whitman).
In the first part of the webinar, our experts will deliver short presentations on forms of engaging with authoritative texts that critique and provide alternatives dominant, so-called objective forms of reading. Speakers will analyze community based practices of textual interpretation in multiple contexts and discuss what ethical reading looks like in these communities of accountability. They will also engage the question of reading in general: What can practices like chanting or singing tell us about how different people approach authoritative texts? The latter half of the webinar is dedicated to audience engagement and cross panel discussion.
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