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November 21-24, 2015

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Nineteenth Century Theology Group

Statement of Purpose: 

Our Group focuses on major themes, thinkers, and movements in nineteenth century religious thought and theology — from the French Revolution to World War I — and on the relation of religious thought to its historical, political, and cultural contexts. Each year the Group selects two or three focused topics and predistributes papers before the AAR sessions.

Call for Papers: 

This Group invites proposals for papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

1) For a session on Neo-Kantianism and Religious Thought, we invite proposals for papers that examine the intersection and mutual influence of Neo-Kantian philosophy, Christian theology, and Jewish religious thought in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

2) For a session on Aesthetics and the Religious Imagination in the Nineteenth Century, we invite proposals for papers that examine the interrelation of aesthetic theory and art criticism, on the one hand, and religious thought and theological discourse, on the other, in the nineteenth century.

3) For a session on Schleiermacher and Mediating Theology to be co-sponsored with the Schleiermacher Group, we welcome proposals for papers that analyze strategies employed by Schleiermacher and subsequent representatives of Mediating Theology, broadly conceived, to reconcile the classical claims of the Christian faith with the epistemological and ethical demands of modernity.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
All paper proposals that we receive through the PAPERS system are ranked by steering committee members according to their merits in relation to the wording of our call for papers, and without the authors being identified. These rankings constitute one of several factors taken into consideration in determining the composition of our sessions. Others include thematic compatibility and potential for illuminating discussion of the papers selected, as well as diversity with respect both to ethnicity and gender, and to the career stages of scholars presenting at our sessions. This is a genuine working group with a long tradition of pre-distributing papers presented at our sessions to allow for the highest possible quality of discussion. In recent years, more often than not, those presenting at our sessions have done so for the first time. We actively seek the participation of scholars committed to the collaborative ethos of academic excellence that our group has historically sought to cultivate, and who are likely to keep the focus of our group attuned to cutting-edge research in the study of religion.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee