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

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CO-SPONSORED SESSION: Comparative Theology Unit and Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit

Call for Papers: 

Prisons, Incarceration, and Prison Literature

We invite paper and panel proposals on the theme of “Prisons, Incarceration, and Prison Literature”. From imprisonments of religious figures like the Apostle Paul or Mahatma Ghandi to texts like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail or Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison or Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow or Langdon Gilkey’s Shantung Compound, theological and critical reflection on imprisonment, internment, and mass incarceration is a growing and pressing field of importance. This session seeks proposals that think about the interdisciplinary intersections of prison literature, sacred text, and comparative theory and theology. Proposals might consider: comparative work on sacred texts engaged by prison literature; mass incarceration and intersectional considerations of race, gender, and empire; emergent themes in comparing religiously-inflected prison literature; comparative theological reflections on genre; comparative theological reflections on imprisonment, internment and mass incarceration; engagement with contemporary critical theory on imprisonment and/or mass incarceration; engagement with critical theorists like Michel Foucault, Michelle Alexander, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, etc.; and other major related themes. We especially welcome proposals from scholars of sacred texts working in a wide range of religious traditions.

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