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

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Roman Catholic Studies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group provides a scholarly forum to study the global Roman Catholic community. Consequently, we welcome critical studies, cultural, ethical, historical, and theological perspectives. We seek to mirror the subject community’s diversity in pursuing equally diverse methods to study that community.

Call for Papers: 

The Roman Catholic Studies Group invites submissions on the following topics:

“The Family” This theme has been the focus of recent Roman Catholic high profile events (e.g. The Synods of Bishops on the Family). We seek papers pursuing the question of what Catholic discourse on the family is not discussing. What are the realities and relationships (e.g. violence, single parenthood, family networks impacted by HIV/AIDS, families in poverty) or the methodologies (of material culture, ethnography) that might complicate the family as presented in these contexts?

White Supremacy, Racial Diversities, and Catholic Thinking. A range of approaches to this broad topic are invited as a thread to expand our discussion of Critical Catholic Studies. Papers incorporating Catholicism in Atlanta and the racialized realities of this context especially welcomed.

Public Catholicisms: This call invites papers considering Catholicism in the public sphere (e.g.. Catholics and politics) but also public figures and their public Catholicism (politicians, theorists, media figures, etc.)
On the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, we invite submissions that consider the document from non-Catholic perspectives. Might scholars of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and others have a distinctive view on the importance and the reception of this document in the non-Catholic world?

We are especially interested in proposals that are attentive to the ways in which history and theology relate to one another within the field. Co-chairs are happy to consult with individuals who are developing individual paper, papers session, or roundtable proposals to answer questions, discuss ideas, and help shape final submissions.

Additionally, along with the Middle Eastern Christianity Group, the Christian Systematic Theology Section, and the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group, we are sponsoring a call for papers on the legacy of Chalcedon (451) to generate expert discussion on the Council of Chalcedon and its aftermath. The Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) marked a turning point in Church history and Christian theology on account of the schism that resulted from disputes over the statements of Christology promulgated by the council. That schism endures to this day. Although most Western Christians have little awareness of the Chalcedonian Council, its legacy directly impacts the Middle Eastern Christian communities who are divided among each other and from Western churches along Chalcedonian lines. The committees invite paper proposals from any reasonable discipline (church history, patristics, theology, sociology, etc.) and focused on any historical period or theological theme that can shed light on Chalcedon and its legacy. Special consideration will be given to proposals that link their research in some way to Middle Eastern Christian communities. Paper proposals must demonstrate methodological and theoretical rigor and suggest a coherent argument.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Comments: 
In an effort to guide the selection process toward maximum diversity, chairs do review proposers' names prior to final acceptance or rejection.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee