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

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Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group seeks to provide a forum for exploring transformative scholarship and pedagogy across religious traditions and scholarly disciplines, challenging the traditional boundaries between scholarship and activism while experimenting with alternative teaching strategies.address pedagogical issues in relation to social transformation. We seek to develop models of transformational pedagogy that assist educators to combine social analysis, social action, and academic vocations of teaching, administration, and research.

Call for Papers: 

This Group offers a forum for developing transformative strategies for integrating activism, education, and scholarship. This includes learning and research in conversation with activist communities, thus allowing our understanding of religious traditions, culture, and knowledge itself to be challenged and shaped by such engagement. We invite proposals on the following topics:

• Papers, paper session, or roundtable discussions that explore engagements between scholars, teachers, and activists in the Atlanta area.

• Individual papers or a coordinated papers session exploring any of the following: teaching climate change in religion/religious studies classrooms: strategies, projects, partners; the impacts of Katrina, ten years later, on pedagogies and scholarship; pedagogies for racial justice in today's police state; issues surrounding “work/life balance” in the academy and in activism, including critical approaches to the use of this terminology itself, for possible publication on an expanded site for AAR’s Religious Studies News focusing on work/life balance.

• For a possible co-sponsored session with the Liberal Theologies group: Teaching for transformation in online environments--What are best practices to connect students with activist communities in geographically dispersed online teaching? How do virtual bodies impact transformative online teaching? Does online education open up possibilities for transformation that face-to-face education limits?

• The Group will also participate with the History of Christianity Section; the Practical Theology Group; the Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Group in a quad-sponsored panel that takes its starting point from the just-published third volume on theological education in North America by historian Glenn Miller. This quad-sponsored panel takes its starting point from the just-published third volume on theological education in North America by historian Glenn Miller. The volume, Piety and Plurality (Cascade Press, 2014), covers the tumultuous period between 1960 and today. [The previous volumes, which Dr. Miller has been at work on since the 1970s, are Piety and Intellect (the Colonial era up to the Civil War) and Piety and Profession (1870-1970).] We welcome papers engaging ways to understand both the diversification of places of theological education as well as multiplication of theologies and pedagogies used which force rethinking the landscape of North American theological education in its broadest sense. We are especially interested in theological education at the popular level, including Bible Institutes, but also base communities, and independent networks and institutes. Of special interest are theological educational developments within Pentecostal and Latino/a traditions, and mega-church-based models. We also seek examples of theological education rooted in transformative pedagogies, experiential learning, or other alternative models for theological education.

Creative presentation formats are encouraged.

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