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

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Ethics Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This is an established Unit that has served scholars concerned in the field, others interested in the intersection of ethics, and other disciplines within the academy over an extended period of years. We believe it is inconceivable for any comprehensive study of religion to be undertaken without serious attention to the ethical teachings that are an integral part of every known religion. This Unit seeks to serve the AAR by providing a forum for the ethical interests and issues all religious traditions address. We provide the opportunity for intellectual and academic exchange through the discipline of ethics. We encourage younger scholars and work to have a diversity of perspectives and methodologies represented from various religious traditions.

Call for Papers: 

Aligned with the 2019 Conference AAR theme “Scholarly Workers in Public Spaces,” our call for papers focuses on the various ways scholars participate in creating, redefining and expanding public spheres.

● Sanctuary, Borders and Asylum -
We invite papers that engage contemporary questions related to sanctuaries, borders and asylum from diverse social, moral and religious traditions. Topics may engage the history and contemporary relevance of the Sanctuary Movement; the rise of sanctuary cities; the ethics of “abolishing borders” and “abolishing ICE;” and the contested meanings of asylum.

● The Chaplain in the Public Sphere -
We invite papers that examine the diverse engagement of chaplains in the public sphere. This includes papers addressing the rise of “movement chaplains” serving on the front lines of social movements such as Occupy, Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock and counter-protests to white supremacy; the role of chaplains in serving those unaffiliated with traditional denominations; and the relationship of chaplaincy to advocacy and politics; and new challenges facing chaplains in traditional spaces such as hospitals, prisons and colleges campuses.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed -
The Ethics Unit and the Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy Unit, invite papers that discuss the 50th Anniversary of Paulo Freire’s 1968 Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Papers might address such topics as the importance of Pedagogy of the Oppressed in the development of critical pedagogy as practiced by a diverse scholars as bell hooks and Henry Giroux; the possibilities and limits of the public sphere as a site of developing critical consciousness and the role of education in pursuit of social justice and the legacy of Freire’s work for contemporary accounts of oppression. Co-sponsored by Ethics, Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy, and Liberation Theologies.

● Images of the Public Scholars and Scholarship -
We invite papers to examine diverse ways scholars and scholarship are present public spaces. Topics may include enduring controversies around the idea of “public intellectuals;” scholars and the use of social media to create new publics; scholars engaged in local publics; the risks and dangers of scholarly workers who are public; the work of scholars beyond the academy.

● What Is This “Public” in Public Spaces? -
We invite papers that examine the explicit and implicit assumptions as well as current engagements about what constitutes a public. Topics may include the relationship of racial, gender, class and religious formations to the public sphere; the state of public institutions and public goods; revisiting the Black public sphere; and subalterns and counterpublics; and the ethics of recognition.

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