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

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Childhood Studies and Religion Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group’s overall aim is to investigate the complex and multifaceted relation between religion and childhood. The specific goals of the Group are as follows:

Provide a forum for focused interdisciplinary and interreligious dialogue about the diverse relations of children and religion

Heighten academic interest in this topic in all fields represented in the AAR

Prepare scholars in religious studies to contribute to wider academic discussions about children and childhoods

Lend the voice of the academy to current questions of public policy and child advocacy
The focus of the Group is both timely and significant given the present concern for children across the globe and the rising interdisciplinary academic interest in childhood studies. The Group functions as a forum at the AAR for advancing childhood studies as a new line of scholarly inquiry.

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Call for Papers: 

1) "Religion and Children's Rights": The First Twenty-five Years of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. What’s changed? What needs fixing? What would be different if the U.S. were a signatory?
2) Children and the Embodiment of Religion. We are particularly interested in papers focusing on the physical reshaping of children’s bodies to meet religious prescriptions (body modifications, how children’s bodies are sexed, etc.).
3) Families in Migration. We invite proposals that examine the intersection between migration, women and children in any region of the world, including their religious practices and beliefs, reconstructions of religious identity, responses of religious organizations, and causes and contexts of their voluntary or forced migration (violence, economics, etc.) (For a co-sponsored session with the Women and Religion Group and the Religion and Migration Group).
4) “Child Theologies: Rethinking Doctrines and Practices with Attention to Childhood.” We welcome papers from systematic or contextual theologians from all denominations and parts of the world who are interested in rethinking particular Christian doctrines and practices in the light of attention to children and childhood.
5) Children's Material Culture and Religion. How do children use toys, games, film, and other artifacts in building their religious worlds?
6) Religion and Education. We encourage proposals that explore the role of schools and religious education curricula in shaping children's ideas about religion and religious traditions.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
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