AAR Annual Meeting
November 21-24, 2015
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This Group exists to study the theology, history, and practice of the Eastern Christian churches, including their mutual interaction with Western Christian and non-Christian groups.
1) Religion and the Crisis in Ukraine
We welcome proposals for individual papers that examine religion’s role in inspiring, shaping and problematizing the crisis in Ukraine that began in November 2013. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): the unique dynamics of religion in the Ukrainian public square during the EuroMaidan; interactions between church, state and civil society during the EuroMaidan and its aftermath; ethical reflection on religion and revolution in the post-Soviet context; relations among local Eastern Christian churches (both intra-Orthodox and between Orthodox and Ukrainian Greek Catholic) in the face of grassroots syncretic faith identities; the implications of local ecclesial dynamics for broader, transnational Orthodox and Orthodox-Roman Catholic relations; comparisons between the involvement of religion in social changes in Ukraine and around the world; reactions of different religious groups to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
2) The Legacy of John Zizioulas: 30 years after Being as Communion: Panel Discussion
Panelists include Khaled Anatolios, Paul Fiddes, Karen Kilby, and Aristotle Papanikolaou. Critical reflections on the influence of John Zizioulas’s work in contemporary theology and ecumenical discourse in Christian East and West, as well as its relevance for future discussions.
3) Orthodoxy and Eros: Gender, Sexuality, and Embodiment in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition (co-sponsored with the Religion and Sexuality Group)
We welcome proposals for individual papers or complete sessions that explore themes of gender, sexuality, and embodiment in the Eastern Orthodox tradition (e.g., historic/contemporary Orthodox theology, patristic heritage, liturgics, hagiography, and/or lived practice).
4) The Legacy of Chalcedon (451): Christology, Ecclesiology, and the Communions of Middle Eastern Churches
The Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) marked a turning point in Church history and Christian theology on account of the schism that resulted from disputes over the statements of Christology promulgated by the council. That schism endures to this day. Although most Western Christians have little awareness of the Chalcedonian Council, its legacy directly impacts the Middle Eastern Christian communities who are divided among each other and from Western churches along Chalcedonian lines. The Middle Eastern Christianity Group, the Roman Catholic Studies Group, and the Christian Systematic Theology Section are jointly sponsoring this call for papers to generate expert discussion on the Council of Chalcedon and its aftermath. The committees invite paper proposals from any reasonable discipline (church history, patristics, theology, sociology, etc.) and focused on any historical period or theological theme that can shed light on Chalcedon and its legacy. Special consideration will be given to proposals that link their research in some way to Middle Eastern Christian communities. Paper proposals must demonstrate methodological and theoretical rigor and suggest a coherent argument.