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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Afro-American Religious History Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The purpose of this Unit is to recover the sources and histories related to the African-American religious experience, to create a forum to explore critically and creatively the history of African-American religions, and to infuse that knowledge into the study of religion within North America. The Unit is committed to the investigation of the diversity of African-American faith traditions and religious experiences.

Call for Papers: 

Afro-American Religious History Unit AAR2018 Annual Meeting Call for Papers (Denver, CO) Statement of Purpose: The purpose of this Unit isto recover the sources and histories related to the African-American religious experience, to create a forum to explore critically and creatively the history of African-American religions, and to infuse that knowledge intothe study of religion within North America. The Unit is committed to the investigation ofthe diversity of African-American faith traditions and religious experiences. Call for Papers: The Afro-American Religious History Unit invites proposals that exploreBlack religious pluralism in the American west (broadly construed). For our 2018 annual meeting in Denver, we are especially interested in proposals that engage the following: New Religious Movements and the production of new religious ideas among African Americans in the American west. The American west as a geographic site for black occult and spiritualist periodicals. Black Denver is a complex geographic locus for black religious pluralism. Topics related to the intersection of incarceration, race and religion, with an emphasis on decriminalization. The occasion of the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the United Methodist Church, and the impact of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR). The occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., with an emphasis on King's religious legacies (for a potential co-sponsored session with the Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit). Celebrating monographs of religious history at milestone years such as Curtis Evans The Burden of Black Religion, (2008), Michael Gomez's Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South, (1998), or Albert J. Raboteau's Slave Religion: The Invisible Institution in the Antebellum South, (1978). The legacy and work of David W. Wills, John E. Kirkpatrick 1951 Professor of Religion at Amherst College, on the occasion of his retirement. Proposals might include engagement with Christianity in the United States: A Historical Survey and Interpretation, (2005) or reflections on the practice of teaching African American religious history, and engagement with his seminal work African-American Religion: A Documentary History Project. Reflections on Decolonization as Healing for special, multi-unit sessions with the Religions, Medicines and Healing; African Diaspora Religions, African Religions; Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society; Body and Religion; Indigenous Religious Traditions; Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society; Native Traditions in the Americas; Religions in the Latina/o Americas; Religion in South Asia, Religion in Southeast Asia; and Religion, Colonialism and Postcolonialism; and World Christianity Units). Successful proposals will clearly identify where the project fits within the Call for Papers, and will speak to its broader implications for African American religious history.

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