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

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Study of Judaism Section

Statement of Purpose: 

The goal of this Section is to develop and expand the relationship between the study of Judaism and the broader study of religion. We work to meet this goal in three primary ways:

Methodologically

Topically

By cosponsorship with other Program Units

First, this Section engages in active conversation with the methodologies common to the study of religion by exploring the historical, social, aesthetic, and political aspects of Jewish religion in its various contexts. All the while, we challenge methodologies in place at the AAR and offer new approaches to the study of religion through our focus on textual studies and the engagement between texts/doctrines and other aspects of religious culture. Second, we wrestle with topics of concern to the community of religious scholars in general, including community and commitment, gender, and the intersection between religion and politics. Finally, we actively pursue cosponsorship with other AAR Program Units. Recently, we have worked with the Study of Islam Section, the Mysticism Group, the Theology and Continental Philosophy Group, and several SBL Sections. In the future, we look forward to continuing to work with various AAR — and whenever possible, SBL — Program Units.

Call for Papers: 

This Section welcomes individual paper, papers session, and roundtable proposals from the wide scope of Judaism, Jews, and Jewish studies—from late antiquity to the present. For 2015, we are particularly interested in the following topics:

• Jews, Judaism, and Anthropology of Religion
• Judaism, Economics, and Class
• Teaching Judaism in the University Classroom
• Non-Jews and Jewish studies
• Judaism in light of horror and catastrophe (might include anything from climate change to ISIL to zombies)

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