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

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Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group offers a forum for theory and methodology of the visual for those interested in the serious interdisciplinary study of religion, film, and visual culture. There is no single way to study religion and the visual, and we expect scholars to provide new perspectives on the way we understand visual culture and to provide this understanding through traditional and emerging methodologies.

Call for Papers: 

We welcome proposals for individual papers, papers sessions, and roundtables dealing with religion, film, and visual culture, with particular emphasis invited on the following topics:

  1. Humor

  2. Global Cinema

  3. Sacrifice

  4. "Race"

  5. Pedagogy: teaching religion and film with a special focus on either globalizing your content or bridging the gulf between the academy and film studies/the film industry.

  6. In keeping with the theme for the AAR meeting in Atlanta (“valuing the study of religion"), we invite proposals that concern the role and purpose of studies of religion, film, and visual culture. How, why, to whom, and in what ways does this scholarship matter? What is, or should be, the public role of this field?

  7. Muslims, film, and visual culture: from Muslim directors to portrayals of Muslims/Islam in any form of visual culture.

  8. How religion informs filmic aesthetics

  9. We will also cosponsor a session with the Critical Approaches to Religion and Hip-Hop group, and we invite submissions investigating connections between religion and Hip Hop video production/visual culture (including Graffiti art). Submissions might consider a range of topics and approaches including: afrofuturistic elements; transmediated themes and production; and cultural styles, epistemologies, eschatologies, and teleologies within a Southern "Dirty South" context.

• The Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Group will also quint-sponsor a panel on Birgit Meyer's forthcoming book, Sensational Movies: Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015), in collaboration with the World Christianity Group; the Anthropology of Religion Group; the African Religions Group; the Religion, Colonialism and Postcolonialism Group. Selection of panelists will be pre-arranged so that they may read Meyer's book as provided by the press in advance of the meetings in order to comment on it. Prof. Meyer will summarize her book's argument, and at least one panelist will comment on the methodological aspects of Prof. Meyer's book. We are soliciting no papers for this session but encouraging our members and other interested parties to attend for what will be a truly multi-disciplinary discussion focused on religion and Africa.

Important: We strongly encourage the use of visual media in academic presentations, and ask that all proposals indicate whether such media will be employed and in what way(s).

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
ChairSteering Committee