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

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Sacred Texts and Ethics Group

Statement of Purpose: 

The Sacred Texts and Ethics Group invites scholars and activists across the disciplines to consider (or re-consider) the complex and enduring role of scriptural and foundational religious texts in
the contemporary world as well as historically, and to theorize the roles these texts play in ethical reflection, lived religious practice, and political debate.

Call for Papers: 

The Sacred Texts and Ethics Group invites proposals from scholars and/or activists analyzing the use of sacred and foundational religious texts, including commentaries, in ethical or political discourse (either contemporary or historical). We welcome individual papers and panel proposals from all religious traditions and methodologies, including constructive ethical reflection with a textual basis.

Proposals on all topics are welcome. We are particularly interested in the following questions:

-Sacred texts and prisons/prisoners. This could include considerations of textual passages discussing prisons or prisoners and/or discussions of the use of sacred texts in prison systems or among prisoners (American or otherwise).

-Ethical considerations of public health crises (such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa). Such papers may consider multiple aspects of such crises, including: biomedical ethics; communal responsibility; limitations on travel; isolationism; research ethics; etc.

-The texts and ethics of gentrification, urban renewal, urbanization, and policing.

-The use of sacred texts in either historical or contemporary civil war(s). While proposals focusing on the American Civil War are welcomed, we encourage consideration of other such conflicts as well, particularly in the non-Western context.

-The relationship between different textual genres (narrative, legal, poetry, letters, etc.) and religious ethics.

-The invocation of others' sacred texts (for instance, the citation of Qur’anic passages among Christians) for ethical or political ends.

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