AAR Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
November 19-22, 2016
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The purpose of this Group is to advance scholarship by providing a forum for scholars whose work addresses relevant issues in the study of animals and religion, and to engage religious studies scholars with the emergent field of animal studies. The Group emphasizes the theoretical implications of attention to animals for the study of religion and a diversity of approaches, including, but not limited to:
-- Cultural and comparative history of religions
-- Critical theory
-- Ethnography and anthropology of religion
-- Descriptions of the role(s) religious/theological traditions have played in mediating images of nonhuman animals
-- Assessments of relationships between religious constructions of animals and those animals
This Group addresses issues in the study of animals and religion and seeks to engage religion scholars with the emergent field of animal studies. We welcome theoretically informed paper and panel proposals on all topics related to these themes. We particularly value papers that attend to real animals, alongside theoretical constructs, imagery, or representations pertaining to them. We especially seek proposals on the following topics in 2016:
• The use of Holocaust imagery in relation to the treatment of non-human animals (for a possible panel co-sponsored with the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Group)
• Donovan Schaefer's book Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (2015) as it pertains to animals (for a possible panel co-sponsored with the Religion, Affect, and Emotion Group)
• Proposals for 5 minute presentations on the topic of "Anthropomorphism: Pro or Con?” for a rapidfire ideas & discussion-oriented panel. (Please indicate that your proposal is for this session by starting your title with '5 min Anthropomorphism Presentation:...')
• Art, animals, and religion (including both visual and performing arts)
• Animals and Gender
• Love, sex, and animality, to engage with the presidential theme of 'Revolutionary Love'
• Animals and/or animality in non-Western religions
• Animals in War
• The Religious/Ethical Significance of Animal Fables