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

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Religion and Politics Section

Statement of Purpose: 

This Section provides a forum for scholars and professionals interested in the relationships between religion, the state, and political life, both in the United States and around the world. Our members focus on the interaction between religious and political values, movements, and commitments, and the role of religious individuals and communities in bodies politic. This focus includes attention to the ways in which religion and religious actors participate in public discourse, contribute to debates over public values and social policy, and affect — and are affected by — activity in the political sphere. We welcome members doing both normative and descriptive work from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including religious studies, political science, philosophy, social ethics, law (including church–state studies), history (as it relates to contemporary understandings), and theology. We seek to advance scholarly inquiry on religion and politics and we seek also to speak to broad and diverse publics about areas falling under the Section’s purview.

We also maintain a lively, year-round Religion and Politics Google group, which is open to all AAR members here:!forum/aar-religionandpolitics

Call for Papers: 

In addition to receiving proposals on topics generally in the purview of the Section (which encompasses both domestic and global interconnections of religion and politics, in practice and theory), we especially welcome proposals that address the following:

• The conference theme of "Valuing the Study of Religion:" i.e., How is religion scholarship used for political purposes? Conversely, how do normative assumptions structure the study of religion and politics?
• The role of religion in protests and new conversations about racial injustice, both within the U.S. and transnationally, following the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, MO, and New York City.
• The shifting conceptions and use of religious liberty in the U.S. and abroad, particularly as it being used to carve out exemptions for religious groups in complying with generally applicable laws on reproductive issues and LGBTQI rights.
• The changing religion and politics landscape (e.g. new atheism, nones, the “Pope Francis effect” ahead of the papal visit to Philadelphia, shifting coalitions ahead of the 2016 elections, etc.).
• How religion and digital media play a role in shaping discourse on narratives about local, national and transnational controversies.
• Religion and politics in the context of Atlanta and the South (e.g., role of civil and human rights institutions past and present, 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, etc.).

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