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

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Arts, Literature, and Religion Section

Statement of Purpose: 

This Section seeks to engage the critical issues at the intersection of religion, literature, and the arts. We are concerned with both the aesthetic dimensions of religion and the religious dimensions of literature and the arts, including the visual, performative, written, and verbal arts. Approaches to these two avenues of concern are interdisciplinary and varied, including both traditional methodologies — theological, hermeneutical, and comparative approaches associated with the history of religions — and emerging methodologies, those that emerge from poststructuralism, studies in material culture, and cultural studies.

Call for Papers: 

The Arts, Literature, and Religion Section seeks proposals that address a range of interconnections between religious and creative practice and understanding, with a preference for the topics below. We are especially interested in panel proposals and in modes of presentation that go beyond paper reading. Successful proposals will clearly articulate the primary thesis of the presentation and its contribution to the field. Proposals will integrate creative praxis and religion in meaningful ways. Throughout this call, “the South” refers both to the American South and the Global South. The Section especially seeks proposals on New Religion(s) of the South; The Gothic; the work of David Morgan (celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Sacred Gaze); The Dirrrrrty South; Religion and the Globalized World: Spatialities and Temporalities; Southern Senses/Sensing the South; arts, literature, and religion and their responses to climate change; local artists/authors; religious praxis as art (with special attention to local practitioners); explorations of the indigenous (with local residents); re-readings of Gone with the Wind; popular images of the South in popular imagination; religion & art in everyday life; critical approaches to religion in Southern Hip Hop.

We would also be interested in papers that examine illness narratives or other aspects of the interrelationship between disability, religiosity, literature, and art for a possible joint session with the Bioethics and Religion Group and the Disability Studies Group.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee