AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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The AAR’s Graduate Student Committee solicits papers and/or workshop presentations for its 2017 Special Topics Forum (STF), entitled “Religious Scholars as Humanitarians: Publications, Pedagogies, and the Protection of the Most Vulnerable.”
Please note: Your proposal for this professional development panel does not count against your two-submission limit in AAR’s PAPERS system!
The purpose of this STF is to debate the ethical obligations that religious studies scholars owe to the most vulnerable members of global society, particularly in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election. It will provide a safe space in which junior scholars can explore how they might develop their academic careers while simultaneously making meaningful contributions to the pursuit of social justice.
We are particularly interested in understanding how the humanitarian aspects of the religion scholar’s vocation can be expressed through creative publication programs, and innovative approaches to pedagogy. However, we would also be delighted to consider non-traditional approaches (e.g. digital engagement, artistic work, etc.) to the nexus of humanitarian and scholarly work.
Applicants are encouraged to create proposals that may be delivered as 15 to 20-minute workshop presentations. The GSC’s hope is that STF attendees can leave this session with several concrete ideas about how to relate their academic identities to their service work.
Please submit your finished proposals by e-mail to the STF Chair and GSC Western Region representative Chase L. Way (email@example.com); please cc GSC Chair and AAR Student Director, Bhakti Mamtora (firstname.lastname@example.org) on this note. In addition, please feel welcome to contact Ms. Way with any questions you have about this call. She would be more than happy to speak with you about your ideas!