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

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Queer Studies in Religion Group

Statement of Purpose: 

The core goals of this Group are as follows:

Foster the application of queer theory and gender theory to the study of religion

Encourage comparative study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* issues in religion

Support the growth of bisexual studies and trans* studies in the field

Explore connections between queer theory in religion and complementary or overlapping fields of inquiry, such as postcolonial theory, critical race theory, disability theory, feminist theory, and cultural studies, among others.

Call for Papers: 

This Group welcomes proposals for individual papers, papers sessions, and roundtables on all topics related to queer theory and LGBT studies in religion, especially those focused on bisexual and/or transgender studies, those that foreground race as an analytical framework, and those that consider contexts beyond the United States and that engage religions other than Christianity.

For the 2016 annual meeting, we are particularly interested in

Papers for a possible Author-meets-Critics panel on Linn Tonstad’s God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitiude (Routledge, 2015) to be co-sponsored with the Christian Systematic Theology Section and the Theology and Religious Reflection Group

Papers that will explore the question “What Does Queer Theory Teach Us about Religion?” This panel will examine the distinct contributions, unique insights, specific critical principles and special character of a queer theoretical approach to religion, particularly in the turn to a “subjectless mode” that focuses on “normalizing logics” (of homonormativity, race, settler colonialism, imperialism, etc.) over discrete identity categories—gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, intersex—that might comprise “queerness” in some contexts.

Papers related to the 2016 Presidential Theme—“Revolutionary Love,” and its potential queer analogue, “Strange Eros,” particularly as these themes relate to critical race concerns

Papers that examine and explore borders, borderlands, bridges, crossings, trans*migrations, and limits, especially in relation to the location of the 2016 Annual Meeting: San Antonio, Texas.

Papers that explore queer studies contributions to questions of values and ethics, especially as they relate to, challenge, transform “traditional” religious values and ethics.

Papers that explore queer versions of intimacy, relation, and kinship, with particular attention to how such new forms of relationality can be made more visible and sustainable.

Papers that explore queer (especially trans*) religious contributions—queer canons, queer practices of canon-making, queer ritual practices.

Papers on trauma and negative affect, particularly those that engage the work of Ann Cvetkovich, for a potential co-sponsored session with the Bible, Theology and Postmodernity Group.

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