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

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Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group has consistently provided programmatic space for a wide variety of feminist theories, including feminist theology, queer theory, continental feminist theory, feminist political theory, etc., as these intersect with a broad understanding of “religious reflection,” including institutional religious settings, or intersections of religion and culture, religion and aesthetics, religion and the body, and religion and nature. As the 21 century commences, FTRR will plan to invigorate feminist analyses of religious discourse within a global setting. Urgent concerns include forms of religious violence and climate crises, among others.

Call for Papers: 

Theme: Loving and Embodying Ourselves as Cultural Workers: Feminist Theories on Life/Work/Sexuality/Love

In appreciating and honoring iconic cultural workers of our past (e.g., Anna Julia Cooper, Emmeline Pinkhurst, and Adrienne Rich) and contemporary alliances such as that which catalyzed the Idle No More movement, we ask how feminist critics and activists might generate new modes of praxis that foster compassionate forms of self-love and love of others. What possibilities exist for creative co-existence in “a world of many worlds,” as Chela Sandoval has suggested? Which crafts -- past, present, and future -- may lead to our flourishing, all while producing habitats of radical relationality? What forms of thinking and which societal forces perpetuate, support, or challenge the very notion of the work/life equation for cultural workers who begin with compassion for self and others? In raising these questions, we seek papers that address three general foci.

First, in conjunction with the initiative led by The Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession of the American Academy of Religion (SWP), we are interested in feminist explorations of the work/life balance and the structures that sustain the academic industrial complex; heteronormativity; managing expectations amid diverse cultural and institutional contexts; perfectionism; power in the academy; competition and solidarity between senior and junior scholars; negotiating our current economic climate and job strain; further clarity on what “balance” means; critical reflections on paid and unpaid labor.

Within the context of feminist theory and religious reflection, we specifically solicit papers that address the following themes:

• Labor of love; labor of sorrow
• The superwoman myth: What religious ideals are driving the work ethic and the expectation that women have to do it all?
• How to theorize and open up spaces that reject the either/or conundrums that truncate our imaginations as cultural workers?
• Expenditures in the academy and cultivating refusals: feminist praxis as resistance, sustenance, and flourishing
• Ethics of care and contingency (adjunct positions within the academy)
Our second focus is the intersection of feminist theory and religion as they relate to sexual education broadly construed. Relying on our past success in securing publication of panel papers, Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection hopes to collect selected papers with this focus for possible publication that has a global representation. Paper topics could include:

• Virginity/Abstinence/Chastity/Sexual purity
• Que(e)rying sexual identities
• Sexual Ethics
• Sexual Rights
• Curricular Issues

Our third focus comes from a quad-sponsored proposal with the Lesbian-Feminist Issues in Religion Group, the Queer Studies and Religion Group, and the Theology and Continental Philosophy Group. With this focus, we are especially interested in papers that discuss Lynne Huffer’s books Mad for Foucault (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009) and Are the Lips a Grave? (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013) for an “author-meets-critics” panel.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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