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

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Religion and Popular Culture Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group is dedicated to the scholarly exploration of religious expression in a variety of cultural settings. We encourage a multidisciplinary display of scholarship in our sessions and are committed to taking popular culture seriously as an arena of religious and theological reflection and practice.

Call for Papers: 

This Group invites both organized sessions and individual paper proposals that explore the intersections of religion and popular culture. We strongly encourage presentation formats that foster interactive environments and provide creative alternatives to the conventional reading of papers. This year, we encourage presentations that examine the following areas:

• Reality Television and Religion
• Teaching Popular Religion
• Minority Popular Cultures
• Social Media and Ferguson
• Popular Southern Cultures
• Emotional Labor
• Popular Cultures of Atlanta
• Possible co-sponsorship with Death, Dying, and Beyond Group
• Possible co-sponsorship with Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion Group
• Possible quad-sponsored panel with the Religion, Sport, and Play Group; the Men, Masculinities and Religion Group; the Gay Men and Religion Group; we invite explorations of the gym-built body as the masculine ideal for gay/hetero/bi men (for example, Internet subcultures that praise bodybuilders as “muscle gods”). What might this form of virtual/actual veneration say about gay/hetero/bi men and masculine ideals? How might we theorize approaches to the muscular male body? We welcome proposals that employ case studies whether historical or contemporary and/or draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives and diverse religious traditions. A successful proposal will include a thesis statement and a clear statement of both evidence and methodology.

Finally, we offer an open call for any other topics dealing with religion and popular culture, especially proposals that address the relevance of popular culture studies for larger theoretical and methodical issues in the field of religious studies

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