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

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Augustine and Augustinianisms Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides a forum for the historical and constructive study of issues relating to the thought of Augustine, including how it was received in various eras and how it might be a resource for religious thought today.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers for the following sessions:

• Teaching Augustine and Augustine the Teacher
From his early days tutoring students in Rome to the bishopric of Hippo, Augustine devoted his life to teaching in various contexts and to differing publics. His writings over his career reflect this devotion. From his discussions on the inner teacher, to his advice on effective preaching, to his pastoral concerns with his congregation, to his engagements with his wider Greco-Roman context, and finally to his own autobiographical self-presentation, Augustine engages the theme of teaching in a variety of theological, philosophical, rhetorical, social, ethical, and political contexts. Papers are invited from all disciplines employing a range of methodologies examining all aspects of teaching in Augustine’s works, including how insight into Augustine the teacher may or may not influence those who take upon themselves teaching Augustine.

• Augustine on the Self
David Tracy’s recent Festschrift Augustine Our Contemporary. Examining the Self in Past and Present invites us to reexamine the notoriously elusive theme of the self in Augustinian perspective. Created within the flow of time and longing for the eternity of God, Augustine’s examination of the human person is a far from settled project that unsettles static conceptions in detailing a porous, fluid, and relational self. Here Augustine returns often to questions of the self in, for example, his attempts to plumb the depths of memoria, his examinations of the divine image, and finally his accounts of the fracturing of human life in sin and its remolding in Christ. Papers are invited from all disciplines employing a range of methodologies to examine all aspects of selfhood in Augustine that range from exegetical questions, to theological, philosophical, social, and political issues, to historical and contemporary retrievals of Augustine.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
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