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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

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Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit has consistently provided programmatic space for a wide variety of feminist theories, including feminist theology, queer theory, continental feminist theory, feminist political theory, etc., as these intersect with a broad understanding of “religious reflection,” including institutional religious settings, or intersections of religion and culture, religion and aesthetics, religion and the body, and religion and nature. As the 21 century commences, FTRR will plan to invigorate feminist analyses of religious discourse within a global setting. Urgent concerns include forms of religious violence and climate crises, among others.

Call for Papers: 

For 2017, FTRR will have one independent session, and will co-sponsor two sessions with various Units.For the FTRR independent session, we propose the following CFPs.

Tentative Title: Performance, Precarity, and Disruption
For its 2017 session, FTRR will focus on the performing arts (dance, theater, music, spoken word, etc.) and the ways they offer conceptual resources for advancing feminist interventions related to vulnerability and precarity. Questions that papers and performances might address include the following:

• How does performance, working at the intersections of late capitalism and social space, draw attention to the vulnerability of materiality, bodily becoming, relational entanglements, and religious practices?

• How can the performing arts engage with our ecological homes as we unsettle not only ourselves with our ecological destruction, but also biodiversity writ large?

• Evoking a theoretical lineage of precarity (e.g., Dorothy Day’s notion of poverty and precarity [1952] and Judith Butler’s Precarious Life [2003] and Performativity, Precarity, and Sexual Politics [2000]), is performance our best intervention in engaging precarity?

• How does performance function as protest? As feminist Intervention?

For our co-sponsorships, FTRR is considering the following:
A joint session with the Lesbian Feminisms Unit.
Tentative Title: “From Beyond God to Beyond Words”
We note that Daly was an ethical vegetarian and animal rights activist. And, in some of her works (e.g., Gyn/Ecology, Pure Lust, and Websters' First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language), Daly even endorses anti-vivisection and anti-fur positions. Thus, in conjoining the insights from Safina's study with the M. Daly theme, FTRR would be interested in seeking papers addressing the far-reaching feminist conceptual spaces opened by Daly in challenging androcentricism, with special attention given to perspectives that take into account this wider "animal-human" framework. (The latter would possible attract some critical feminist perspectives that push Daly beyond her own feminist imaginations of that historical time.)

A co-sponsorship with the Queer Studies in Religion and the Religion and Sexuality Units
Author-Meets-Critics panel for Nikki Young's recent book Black Queer Ethics, Family, and Philosophical Imagination(Palgrave, 2016) (http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137584984).

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PAPERS
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