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

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Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group provides an academic forum to integrate the analysis of the Holocaust with past and ongoing problems of genocide around the globe. It asks critical questions about the implications of these histories and their legacies for the study of religion, building on Jewish and Christian theological, literary, ethical, ritual, and philosophical responses to the Holocaust, and opening conversations with responses to genocide from other communities — such as Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Native American, and LGBT.

Call for Papers: 

We are seeking individual paper or panel proposals on the following topics: 1) Drawing inspiration from the Presidential Theme for 2015, we are particularly interested in work that analyzes valuing “religion” in the analysis of “genocide” and debated definitions of these terms; 2) comparing models of rupture (theology), continuity (history), and conflict (sociology) in the interpretation of genocide; 3) 100 years later, what is the status of the Armenian genocide in religious studies?; 4) co-sponsored with the Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions group: Christian theology and Jewish persecution, critical and constructive responses to the Holocaust, addressing Martin Luther’s writings and the Lutheran tradition; 5) co-sponsored with the Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence group: religion and genocide in the Balkans.

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