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

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Religion and Science Fiction Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group connects the study of religion to the limitless possibilities for world-making, soul-saving, god-imagining, community-forming, and human-being posed by science fiction (and broadly, “speculative” fictions). Science Fiction (SF) is a literary and visual medium addressing the most basic existential and teleological questions human beings can pose. As the genre of infinite possible worlds, and human and superhuman becoming, SF has a unique ability to ask, examine, and suggest answers to the most profound questions and to envision transcendence beyond traditional realist literature or religious interpretations of the world.

Call for Papers: 

Religion and Science Fiction (SF) invites proposals exploring the intersections of religion and SF in ways that illuminate theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues in the study of religion. We are especially interested in proposals that invite audience conversation, make use of new media, and imagine presentations coincident with SF techniques for presenting alternative "sciences" and worlds. We seek proposals on the following topics:

Alterities: sexual, gender, species, minds, being, time
SF fandom as ritual, devotion, religious/spiritual communities
Cthulhu
Esotericism/Occultism in/and/as Science Fiction

For a possible quad-Sponsored session with the Gay Men and Religion Group, the Lesbian-Feminist Issues and Religion Group, and the Queer Studies in Religion Group, we invite proposals that examine LGBTIQ sexualities, communities, and cultures in the vast universe of science/speculative fiction; push beyond heteronormative species relationships; reflect on how Science fiction mirrors, comments on, or can advocate for LGBTIQ sexualities and spiritualities. We are especially interested in presentations that put LGBTIQ theories in fruitful dialogue with Science Fiction theory and themes (U-/Dystopias, species evolution, cyberworlds, alternate histories, space opera, technorapture, AI transcendence, etc.).

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