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

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Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group provides a forum for religious scholarship that engages theoretically and methodologically the four-part definition of a Womanist as coined by Alice Walker. We nurture interdisciplinary scholarship, encourage interfaith dialogue, and seek to engage scholars and practitioners in fields outside the study of religion. We are particularly concerned with fostering scholarship that bridges theory and practice and addresses issues of public policy in church and society.

Call for Papers: 

For 2015, the Group invites critically developed individual papers, papers session, or roundtable proposals on the following topics:

• Womanist interventions against sex trafficking and mass incarceration
• Womanist thought and signifying narratives in public discourse mediated through popular culture such as in Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, or Kenya Barris’ Blackish
• Womanist methodology and interdisciplinary studies, and global perspectives on Womanist Thought

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
Because of the surplus of panel proposals we received in 2013 and not enough space for showcasing excellent panels, we suspended our Call for Paper for 2014 and instead selected two panels for 2014. This meant participants were made aware a year in advance of their acceptance resulting in two solid and well attended panels.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee