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

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Women and Religion Section

Statement of Purpose: 

This Section seeks to promote inclusivity and excellence in scholarship. We have been intentional about including participants and presenters from interdisciplinary approaches and we encourage nontraditional ways of sharing scholarly work on women in religion. In the process of making selections for Annual Meeting sessions, we work collaboratively with other Sections, Groups, and Seminars to promote scholarly conversations across fields and methodologies. We are committed to providing an inclusive scholarly environment where new voices can be heard and critical analyses of women, gender and religion can be advanced.

Call for Papers: 

The Women and Religion Section invites individual papers and panel proposals from a variety of religious and cultural traditions exploring women’s experiences in local and transnational contexts. We encourage the use of alternate presentation formats.

We are particularly interested in proposals related to one of the following themes:
-women, gender, and secularism, secularity, and/or the secular
-religious marginalizations of and responses to abuse of female bodies
-religious texts and women: issues of exclusion/inclusion
-colonial/postcolonial (in)visibilities of women and gender
-theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of women and religion, including but not limited to: how to engage in comparative work without essentializing; ethnographic methods and questions of politics; positionality and self-reflexivity; neocolonialism and knowledge production; the question of women's agency and problematizing the use of the term "subversive"
-sex trafficking of women and girls, particularly in Atlanta/the southern U.S.
-neoliberalism, corporate capitalism, and valuing women's bodies
-women's participation in civil rights/racial justice movements
-women and food (storage, preparation, etc)
-approaches to teaching women, gender, sexuality and religion
-gendered labor in the academy, including issues such as gender and unseen costs, paid and unpaid labor, contingent/adjunct faculty.

For a possible cosponsored session with the Religion and Migration and Childhood Studies Groups: Families in Migration: intersections between migration, women and children in any region of the world, including their religious practices and beliefs, reconstructions of religious identity, responses of religious organizations, and causes and contexts of their voluntary or forced migration (violence, economics, law, etc.).

For a possible cosponsored session with the Religion in Southeast Asia Group: Women religious in Southeast Asia: themes might include labor and relations with the state, changing ideals of domesticity and bodily comportment, and rival conceptions of agency, gender and tradition, though proposals may also be submitted on other topics.

For a possible cosponsored session with the Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Group: moral injury in relation to issues of women and gender.

For a possible co-sponsored session with the Religions, Medicines, and Healing Group: responding theoretically and empirically to women's participation in religious healing practices; discourses of women, gender, health, and healing; and/or exploring the "gendered divisions of labor" in religious healing.

For a possible cosponsored session with the Quaker Studies Group to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s birth: we invite papers that offer critical, historical and theological approaches to Quakerism, women and gender; present perspectives on Stanton, Mott, Anthony, and other First Wave feminist reformers; delve into tradition-specific treatments of women’s religious authority, human liberation, and justice, then and now; explore ways collaboration across religious and other lines of difference have shaped women’s religious thought; and/or assess contemporary engagements with the life and thought of First Wave foremothers; or compare women’s theological and political coming of age in a U.S. context with the developments in feminist movements elsewhere.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee