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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Afro-American Religious History Group

Statement of Purpose: 

The purpose of this Group is to recover the sources and histories related to the African-American religious experience, to create a forum to explore critically and creatively the history of African-American religions, and to infuse that knowledge into the study of religion within North America. The Group is committed to the investigation of the diversity of African-American faith traditions and religious experiences.

Call for Papers: 

The Afro-American Religious History Group invites proposals that explore the relationship between religious identity and racial identity in the Americas. For our 2015 meeting, we are especially interested in proposals that address the following:
• The South (as a geographical region and conceptual category), including papers that focus on Atlanta in particular.
• The implications of new media (e.g. digital humanities, visual ethnography, virtual archives, etc.) for historical research methods
• Women and Queer/LGBT subjects as makers of religious history, and gender and sexuality, more generally.
• Histories of black “megachurches”
• The transnational and diasporic horizons of African American religious history
• Humanist and secularist traditions in black life
• Incidents and histories of violence against marginalized bodies—including, but not limited to, police brutality, incarceration, religious violence, hate crimes, sexualized violence, and/or militarized, state-sanctioned violence. This might also include analysis of commemoration, social rituals, justice work, artistic practices, and peacemaking efforts that respond to violence. We are particularly interested in intersectional approaches to queer/gender/sexuality studies and African American religious history (for a potential quad-sponsored session with the Religion, Social Conflict and Peace, Religion and Sexuality, and Queer Studies in Religion Groups).
• Religion and social activism, as well as the relationship between the scholar of religious history (and scholarship on the past, more generally) and social movements in the present (e.g. Vincent Harding, the Institute for the Black World)
• The Civil Rights movement and new iterations of public protest, with special attention to reconsiderations of the Montgomery Bus Boycott on the occasion of its 60th anniversary (for a possible co-sponsored session with the Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. Group).
Successful proposals will clearly identify where the project fits within the call for papers and speak to its broader implications on African American religious history.

Method: 
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Process: 
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