AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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The Liberation Theologies Unit and Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit call for paper or panel proposals for a co-sponsored session specifically working with sacred texts, theory, and theology in contemporary liberation and social justice movements. We especially welcome proposals that think about the role of sacred texts with respect to the water protectors at Standing Rock or the contemporary use of theology and sacred texts in #BlackLivesMatter or other liberation movements around the globe. For instance: the role of sacred texts in water protectors' resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, specifically, or in their modeling of a mode of existence/activity that resists corporate capitalism, its legacies, or its environmental effects more generally or theoretically.
Broadly defined, by “texts” we mean anything ranging from the discipline of Biblical Studies through scriptural analysis to anything that can be "read" or "interpreted" visually, orally, literarily, etc. We also encourage a broad understanding of theological construction that thinks from, alongside, or in the wake of social justice movements. What texts motivate liberation? What creative theological transformation happens in the textual space of social justice movements? How are new texts created, and what are some new "sacred texts" emerging from these movements?