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

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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: 

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 21st 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.


For the 2019 meeting, we seek proposals considering the following themes:


Gender, Violence, and Labor


● For a possible co-sponsored session with Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence, we seek papers responding to Kate Manne’s Down Girl within the broader context of #MeToo and/or the Kavanaugh hearings. In addition to responding to Kate Manne’s understanding of misogyny, we are also interested in papers that consider the role of misogynoir in sexual violence.

● For a possible co-sponsored session including multiple Units and in solidarity with the Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Working Group, we solicit papers on religion and reproductive labor, care work, and/or affective/emotional labor (in the broadest senses of each of these). One way to conceptualize these generically is as physical and/or interactive labor, whether paid or unpaid, that keeps bodies and communities alive from one day, and one generation, to the next. Proposals could address, for example, a particular religious practice interpreted as a form of this kind of labor (or vice-versa), religious meanings of this kind of labor, the role of family, kinship, and community in structuring working relationships, or other relevant topics. We are particularly interested in how white supremacy, patriarchy, heteronormativity, disability oppression, and other apparatuses of inequality impose disparate burdens on intersectionally targeted bodies — e.g., women of color, lesbian-feminists, immigrants, continent faculty members, people with disabilities — who are involved with this kind of labor. The session will be co-sponsored by these Units: Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Working Group; Women and Religion; Queer Studies in Religion; Religion, Affect, and Emotion; Religion and Sexuality; Religion and Disability Studies; Lesbian Feminisms and Religion; Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection; and Class, Religion, and Theology.

Temporality and Change

● For this theme, we solicit papers for a panel on gender, religion, time, slow things, savoring and/or swaggering, futurity, and/or Afro-futurism. Proposals might address, for example, the implications of temporarily on intersubjective relational exchanges, the dynamism of time in religious practices or social expressions of spirituality, gender, race and cultural interpretations of time as they interface with the fluidity of history, or in what ways time is taken up as an analytic in religious expression, social justice, and human longing for liberation.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee