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

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Liberal Theologies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

Liberal theology in all its varieties has been a robust intellectual and religious presence from the early modern period to the present. The theologians involved with this Group, who come from many different universities and religious schools in North America and from abroad, are committed to continuing this tradition. Our focus is plural — we look across religious traditions. It is interdisciplinary — we welcome the participation, among others, of historians, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and philosophers engaged with questions of vital moment to liberal theologies. Our gaze is to the future — we are determined to develop new perspectives, new ways of speaking, and new combinations of ideas that will better address the intellectual and social circumstances in which we find ourselves.

Call for Papers: 

We seek paper or panel proposals that utilize liberal theologies to address the concrete challenges of climate change, economic inequality, and/or mass incarceration. As always, we welcome both normative and descriptive scholarship, both spirited defenses and polemical critiques of liberal theologies, and studies of both classical western liberalism and its analogues in other cultural traditions.

In addition, for possible cosponsored sessions, we also seek proposals that address 1) new prospects for liberal Catholicism in the age of Pope Francis, 2) online pedagogies and interfaith curricula in liberal seminaries, or 3) emerging liberal and liberationist currents within Islamic theology.

All proposals will be evaluated according the following criteria: 1) clarity of thesis and argument; 2) explicit and creative engagement with liberal theologies, broadly understood; 3) relevance to the pressing concerns of both the academy and the world; 4) fit with the call for papers, and with other proposals received. Selected presenters will be asked to provide a full manuscript for precirculation by October 15, 2015.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee