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

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Theology and Religious Reflection Section

Statement of Purpose: 

This Section promotes new constructive work that is in dialogue with the historical theological traditions on the one hand, and with all aspects of the contemporary context on the other — intellectual movements, methodologies, multiple theological and religious perspectives, and ethical/social/political contexts. We have continued to indicate more specific topics in our annual call for papers, which we believe adds to the relevance and interest of the sessions.

Call for Papers: 

The section invites proposals that address the following topics and issues:
1. Tyler Roberts, Encountering Religion: Responsibility and Criticism after Secularism: we invite proposals responding to this text, especially as they relate to the Annual Meeting’s theme of “valuing the study of religion”.

  1. Angels and Demons: we invite papers drawing from both historical and contemporary sources to consider how these categories have been appropriated in the past and/or might be revised and put to new use in the present.

  2. Mapping the ‘Material Turn’ in Religion: this call invites proposals that engage in meta-analysis regarding the state of the field. What are the next questions that we should be asking about the study of religion and bodies?

  3. God and Religion in the Next U.S. War: how might scholars enhance public deliberation about military action? How might theology and religion be used to support or resist the next run-up to war?

  4. Womanism and the Phenomenological Tradition. What resources and liabilities do phenomenologists such as Merleau-Ponty, Marion, and others bring to womanist discourses?

  5. Posthumanism and religious experience. How does the reorganization of the human sensorium through shifts in digital connectivity and/or isolation impact religious experience?

  6. Models for ‘Public Theology’: what does public theology include? What are its advantages, liabilities, institutional parameters, personal risks, and more effective modes?

For a quad-sponsored session with the Liberation Theologies Group, the Religion and Cities Group, and the Class, Religion, and Theology Group, we are inviting papers that address the relevance of issues of class, religion, and theology to the academy and academics, including issues of academic labor and how class affects academic production more broadly conceived (in particular teaching and writing). In these papers we also encourage reflections on place. How do issues of class, religion, and theology shape up in the academy in relation to the various locations of academic production in large cities, towns, and rural areas?

We will participate in a prearranged quad-sponsored author-meets-critic session on Reggie Williams’s Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (Waco: Baylor, 2014). Critics: Jennifer McBride, J. Kameron Carter, Keri Day, Clifford Green. The session is quad-sponsored with the Black Theology Group, the Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Group; the Christian Theological Research Fellowship. This panel will be prearranged, proposals will not be considered. Advance inquiries, however, are welcome via email to the group chairs.

Method: 
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Process: 
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