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

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Childhood Studies and Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit’s overall aim is to investigate the complex and multifaceted relation between religion and childhood. The specific goals of the Unit are as follows:

• Provide a forum for focused interdisciplinary and interreligious dialogue about the diverse relations of children and religion
• Heighten academic interest in this topic in all fields represented in the AAR
• Prepare scholars in religious studies to contribute to wider academic discussions about children and childhoods
• Lend the voice of the academy to current questions of public policy and child advocacy
The focus of the Unit is both timely and significant given the present concern for children across the globe and the rising interdisciplinary academic interest in childhood studies. The Unit functions as a forum at the AAR for advancing childhood studies as a new line of scholarly inquiry.

Go to http://childhoodreligion.com/ for more details.

Call for Papers: 

Childhood Studies in Religion solicits proposals for papers that engage the intersection of childhood and religion, broadly construed. We especially welcome papers from points of view other than a Euro-American, Christian perspective.

Specifically, we hope to organize sessions on:

• Children’s existential concerns, including but not limited to death and dying, loneliness, failure to thrive, and complications related to attachment
• The inclusion of spiritual development as a measure of well-being by the World Health Organization
• Children’s own views of spirituality, arising from direct work with children, especially in settings beyond churches and other formal religious spaces.

• A Wrinkle in Time
We invite proposals on Ava DuVernay’s upcoming film adaptation A Wrinkle in Time, and other visual adaptations of young adult fiction. Papers may examine religion in these works in relation to various topics/issues, including (for example) race, gender, vulnerability, humor, pedagogy, agency, and ideology. Co-sponsored with the Childhood Studies and Religion Unit and the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Unit.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Comments: 
Our proposal process strives to be as fair and equal as possible. We make a concerted effort to include a diverse range of topics and methodologies, as part of our focus on presenting compelling sessions.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee