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

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Secularism and Secularity Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This group provides a forum for exploring a broad set of questions concerning secularism, secularization, secularity, and the secular. These questions ask after the shifting boundary between secular and religious; the changing role of religion in politics, law, and economy; transformations in identities, practices, and affiliations that strain the limits of the religious; historical transformations that have conditioned the ways in which we understand and talk about religion; generative tensions among religion and its presumed antitheses; and the co-imbrication of scholars with their subjects of study. We encourage interdisciplinary inquiry and active re-imagining of what it means to study religion and its variously related domains.

Call for Papers: 

The Secularism and Secularity group is interested in issues of sovereignty and the secular, especially as they relate to violence, both threatened and enacted. These submissions will be considered for a possible co-sponsorship with the Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence group. We encourage those submitting proposals to think within and outside of Euro-America and to consider case studies, historical and contemporary, that can help us reflect on recent events.

We are also interested in papers concerning media, non-religion, and the performance of secularities for a potential co-sponsored session with the Religion, Media, and Culture group, as well as papers on Asian American secularities for a co-sponsored session with the Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society group.

The Secularism and Secularity group is once again especially interested in papers that address these and other issues through the secular’s complicated relationship with race and sex/gender. What forms of activism does the secular enable that are not available in spaces governed by religious norms, and what forms does it foreclose? How does the divide between secular and religious map (or fail to map) onto struggles for rights and recognition, such as those of indigenous people or activists fighting for racial and gender equality?

We encourage paper and session proposals that engage these and related questions through original historical or social scientific research.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
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