Carleton hosts founding director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, Vincent L. Wimbush

April 9, 2016

Carleton College will present leading scholar and founding director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, Vincent L. Wimbush, on Thursday, April 14 at 5:15 p.m. in the Severance Great Hall. Entitled “Signifying On Scriptures: The Black Atlantic Reads the King James Bible," Wimbush’s lecture is free and open to the public.

The Institute for Signifying Scriptures (ISS) is an independent international organization of scholars, researchers, teachers, public intellectuals, artists, community leaders, and social activists—who are committed to constructing and advancing a new mode of critical inquiry into social–discursive formation. ISS 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. More at

Vincent L. Wimbush, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized scholar of religion, intellectual leader, and academic gadfly, with more than thirty years of advanced graduate-level teaching and research experience. 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.

He 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." Recipient of numerous awards and research grants, he is past president of the Society of Biblical Literature.

This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and the Carleton College Department of Religion. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4232. Severance Great Hall is located on College Street on the Carleton campus.