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

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Black Theology Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group seeks to further develop black theology as an academic enterprise. In part, this is accomplished by providing opportunities for exchanges related to basic issues of black theology’s content and form. In addition, the Group seeks to broaden conversation by bringing black theology into dialogue with other disciplines and perspectives on various aspects of African diasporan religious thought and life.

Call for Papers: 

The Black Theology Group invites papers on the topics identified below as well as other topics that advance the discipline of black theology. Proposals for individual papers will be given due consideration and we also encourage proposals for prearranged sessions on these or other topics of interest to black theology.

BLACK THEOLOGY AND REVOLUTIONARY LOVE
We invite proposals that help black theology think about the meaning of love in its manifold expressions as self-love, love of blackness, love of God, neighborly love, interpersonal intimacy and love of creation. Black Theology began as a critique of the prevailing Civil Rights consensus that defined Christianity through themes of love, forgiveness and reconciliation. Love as the moral requirement for Christian life concealed asymmetrical power relations and priority was granted to liberation, just and power. The discourse on love as a theological virtue was undertheorized. How then does love function within the fabric of our cultural, socio-political, economic and ecological relations as a revolutionary drive for transformation? What does love tear down, exclude or reject? How do we undomesticate love? What are its aims, imperatives, forms and priorities? What thinkers, historical moments or movements ought black theology be in dialogue with to deepen or reconceive its reflections on love as praxis?

WHAT IS THE “BLACK” IN BLACK THEOLOGY?
We invite proposals that address questions about the meaning of “blackness” in black theology. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of when Stokely Carmichael and other black radical activist used the term “black power.” Despite denunciations, the legacy of the black power movement gave black theology its “blackness.” What new, modified or revised constructions of blackness should drive black theology and what are their theological significance? How may we rethink the social purpose of black theology in the contemporary context? What are the new black sources that can be harnessed by black theological interpreters for emancipatory projects, sources such as post Ferguson movements, black popular cultural sources, black body as theological source, black aesthetics, African religious and cultural sources, black denominational sources, readings of blackness from postcolonial, postmodern, queer, womanist/feminist, disability studies, and critical race theoretical perspective.

HISTORY OF THE BLACK SOCIAL GOSPEL
For a session on the History of the Black Social Gospel to be co-sponsored with the Nineteenth-Century Theology Group, we invite proposals for papers that engage in some way with Gary Dorrien’s recent book, The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel (Yale University Press, 2015).

Method: 
PAPERS
Other: 
Proposals have a much greater chance of acceptance if they make very clear the central thesis and main line(s) of argument of the proposed paper.
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee