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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Black Theology Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to further develop Black theology as an academic enterprise. In part, this is accomplished by providing opportunities for exchanges related to basic issues of Black theology’s content and form. In addition, the Unit seeks to broaden conversation by bringing Black theology into dialogue with other disciplines and perspectives on various aspects of African diasporic religious thought and life.

Call for Papers: 

The Black Theology Unit invites individual papers and panel submissions on the topics identified below and proposals on additional topics of interest that advance the discipline of Black theology. We also invite papers that address the presidential theme, “Scholarly Workers in Public Spaces” and Black theology’s role in creating, redefining, and expanding spheres of public discourse (see

● Black theology and the 400-year commemoration of the arrival of Africans in Jamestown, VA;

● Middle Passage as source for theological reflection;

50th Anniversary of the publication of James Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power (For possible co-sponsorship with Afro-American Religious History Unit);

● 5th Anniversary of Ferguson;

● Black theological response to forced migration;

● Phenomenology of Black space;

● Theological reflection on Black arts as resistance discourse;

● Blackness, hybridity, multi-racialism;

● Black freedom movements and their impact on Black theological discourse;

● Historiography of Black theology;

● Black theology and critical race theory;

● Black theology and Christian socialism;

● Black theology and Afro-futurism or futurity;

● Black theology and public theology;

● Black theology and pedagogy;

● Black Theology’s role in creating, redefining, and expanding spheres of public discourse;

Power to the People: Black Women's Power, Black Studies Movement and the Womanist Social Justice Critique -
Black women leaders (scholars/activists/artists/revolutionaries) in the academy and the larger world have made profound impact in public spaces. Significant emergence of Black women's power occurred in California during the 1960s with the founding of the Black Panther Party and the Black Studies Movement, in concert with Black women who participated in the cultural, religious, and economic nationalist wing of the Black Power Movement. Powerful women also shaped the Nation of Islam. These brilliant activists, community organizers, writers, artists, and thinkers served important and influential roles, implemented programs that were vital to uplifting the Black community, and called out sexism. Black students from UC Santa Barbara joined the national civil rights movement to end racial segregation and the systematic exclusion of African American studies from the curriculum of major universities. Their protest and vision resulted in the founding of Department of Black Studies and a Center for Black Studies to monitor, coordinate, support, and encourage research in the community. This session explores the intersections of the profound impact of prominent women in the Black Power Movement (e.g., Kathleen Cleaver, Assata Shakur, Elaine Brown, Angela Davis, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sonya Sanchez, etc.) and the impact of Black Studies Movement as spaces for liberation from oppression in conversation with the 25th anniversary groundbreaking Black Womanist Ethics and the social justice and societal critique of Dr. Emilie Townes' work, Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope;

● Open call: topics of interest that advance the discipline of Black theology.

Proposals have a much greater chance of acceptance if they make clear the central thesis and main line(s) of argument of the proposed paper.
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
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