PAPERS Resources

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

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Program Book (PDF)

Preliminary Program Book (MS Word)

Floorplans of Annual Meeting Facilities (PDF)

Exhibit Hall Listing and Map (PDF)

Program Book Ads (PDF)

Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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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.

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Call for Papers: 

The Childhood Studies and Religion Unit welcomes proposals for individual papers and panels 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 and those that arise from scholarship in anthropology, sociology, and psychology of religion. We encourage engagement of indigenous culture(s).

Specifically, we hope to organize sessions around one or more of the following topics:

● children’s experiences with and public engagement around climate change, gun control, violence, and other contemporary issues;

● decolonization of children’s experience, including reconsideration of Christian missions and boarding schools; and

● children’s popular culture as inherently religious or spiritual.

Our intention is to design at least one session that uses a roundtable format, with papers posted in advance, in order to facilitate engagement of panelists with one another and with other participants in the session.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Our proposal process strives to be as fair and equitable 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, and our calls frequently yield partnership with another unit.
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