AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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The purpose of this Unit 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 Unit 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 Unit 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 2017:
• Animals from the Margins (in conjunction with the AAR's presidential theme of "Religion and the Most Vulnerable")
• Religion in Animal Institutions (Rescues, Sanctuaries, Slaughterhouses, etc.)
• Proposals for 5 minute presentations on the topic of "Animals, Religion, and Politics” for a lightning presentation & discussion-oriented panel. (Please indicate that your proposal is for this session by starting your title with “5 min Politics Presentation:”)
• Animals in the Media (for co-sponsorship with the Religion, Media, and Culture Unit)
• Animals as Religious Agents