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

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Religion, Sport, and Play Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group provides an opportunity for scholars to engage in the emerging research at the intersection of religion and sport, games, and play. We are interested in examining these topics across broad geographical areas, religious traditions, and historical eras. We encourage critical reflection regarding relationships of religious institutions to sport, play, and games; theological and spiritual experiences of participants and spectators invested in these activities; and the cross-cultural applicability of the received categories th

Call for Papers: 

The Religion, Sport, and Play Group invites proposals for participation in a round-table discussion of pedagogical strategies for teaching about sport/play and the pedagogical advantages of including content on sport/play in religious studies classes.

A successful proposal will outline a short presentation and describe how this presentation will contribute to a round-table discussion of pedagogy.

We also welcome proposals that address other related questions and encourage proposals that use historical or contemporary cases and draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives and diverse religious traditions.


Possible quad-sponsored panel with the Religion and Popular Culture 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.

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