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AAR Annual Meeting
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November 17-20, 2018

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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: 

Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection is co-sponsoring a call for the following topic with the Religion in Europe Unit:

• The use of feminist and gender theory in analyzing the challenges and responses of religious communities in Europe: In addition to concerns over religious or legal regulation of women’s attire, this can include religious debates over wider gender issues of equal rights and meaningful participation in decision-making, safety, the recovery of hidden/forgotten/suppressed female historical narratives, and the work of interreligious women’s coalitions, for a possible co-sponsored session with the Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Unit and the Religion in Europe Unit.
In addition, we seek papers addressing the following:
• Feminist Work as Energizing Forces in the Contemporary World
In the field of physics, energy is the property that must be transferred to an object in order to perform work on, or to heat, the object. It can be converted in form, but not created or destroyed. Additionally, an energy transformation is the change of energy from one form to another. Energy transformations occur everywhere every second of the day. There are many different forms of energy such as electrical, thermal, nuclear, mechanical, electromagnetic, sound, and chemical. Animal bodies and their respective brains live in a relationship of energy exchange that fuels sentience. So also, energy exchange has been imagined in cultural landscapes that are populated with creative spirits (e.g. daemons, muses, Big Magic [Elizabeth Gilbert]), the excesses of gift economies, the rise and fall of social effervescence, emergence and network theory, and the generative enthusiasms of embodied artistry, writ large. In the face of increased climate volatility, which is itself a matter of energy exchange, precarious energetic relationships to ecology and economy are increasing as well. Borrowing from these naturalistic perspectives, FTRR invites feminist religious scholars and theorists to consider the notion of “energy” as a potential metaphor for understanding, advancing, and identifying the various ways religious feminist work transforms and energizes the public sphere.

• Specifically, we seek responses to the following question: How do feminist religious practices, methods, and theories act as energizing forces or conduits in the public sphere? We seek papers that address this question in light of three themes: ecology, economy, and relationships. A secondary level of analysis we also consider is how does this energy metaphor promote new understandings of feminist religious public work in the era of alt right movements, climate change deniers, alternative facts, and the alarming resurgence of sexual violence against women? Are there ways of connecting transformative, energizing feminist public work to traditional religious terms: Spirit, Love, Compassion, and Truth?

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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