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

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Class, Religion, and Theology Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This unit seeks to study class as a relational concept that needs to be explored in its complex manifestations, which will yield more complex understandings of religion and theology in turn. Avoiding reductionistic definitions that occur when studying each class in itself or viewing class only according to stratified income levels or particular historical and sociological markers, this unit will investigate how classes shape up in relation and tension with each other and with religion and theology. This unit’s investigations of class, religion, and theology also include intersections with gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and ecology.

Call for Papers: 

For a quad-sponsored session with the Liberation Theologies Group, the Religion and Cities Group, and the Theology and Religious Reflection Section, we are inviting papers that address the relevance of issues of class, religion, and theology to the academy and academics, including issues of academic labor and how class affects academic production more broadly conceived (in particular teaching and writing). In these papers we also encourage reflections on place. How do issues of class, religion, and theology shape up in the academy in relation to the various locations of academic production in large cities, towns, and rural areas?

The following announcements are a notice of our intentions for 2015 rather than a Call for Papers. The names may change, but this is an indication of our likely presenters.

Pre-Arranged Session for Class, Religion and Theology: Due to the widespread lack of clarity on class issues, we are planning to do this prearranged session for our solo session, addressing the fundamental issues one more time, focusing on the difference of class viewed as stratification versus class viewed in relational terms and how this plays out theologically and religiously. Ken Estey, Santiago Slabodsky, and Jung Mo Sung are willing to be part of this group, and we are in the process of inviting one more person.

Pre-Arranged Session for co-sponsorship with the SBL on Class, Religion, and the Bible: Participants may include Richard Horsley and Roland Boer from the SBL and Joerg Rieger and Keri Day from the AAR.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
The visibility to chairs makes it possible to ensure diversity among the presenters; that is, chairs can make adjustments while still accounting for the steering committee feedback.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee