Vincent L. Wimbush gives Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

14 April 2016

Signifying on Scriptures: The Black Atlantic Reads the King James Bible

Vincent L. Wimbush is a scholar of religion and founding director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, an independent international trans-disciplinary organization that engages “scriptures” and “scripturalizing” as cultural phenomena and as analytical wedges for critical comparative inquiry in discourse and power and social formation, thereby modeling and advancing a new field of critical research.

His current research interests and projects involve theorizing scriptures as window onto the formation of African diasporas, and the formation of African diasporas as window onto the phenomenon of scripturalizing as modern formation.

Wimbush is the author of scores of essays and articles and is author or editor of more than 12 books, including White Men’s Magic:  Scripturalization as Slavery; Scripturalizing the Human: The Written as the Political; MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference; Theorizing Scriptures; and African Americans and the Bible. He is also executive producer of a documentary film, Finding God in the City of Angels.

Professor Wimbush’s talk takes place Thursday, April 14th from 5:15–6:30 pm in Severance Great Hall.

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