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

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Liberal Theologies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

Liberal theology in all its varieties has been a robust intellectual and religious presence from the early modern period to the present. The theologians involved with this Unit, who come from many different universities and religious schools in North America and from abroad, are committed to continuing this tradition. Our focus is plural — we look across religious traditions. It is interdisciplinary — we welcome the participation, among others, of historians, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and philosophers engaged with questions of vital moment to liberal theologies. Our gaze is to the future — we are determined to develop new perspectives, new ways of speaking, and new combinations of ideas that will better address the intellectual and social circumstances in which we find ourselves.

Call for Papers: 

We seek paper or panel proposals that engage both liberal theologies and “post-truth” politics. While we welcome varied points of entry into this question, we are particularly interested in papers which assess liberal epistemologies’ promise -- or lack thereof – for engaging contemporary political rhetoric. Although “post-truth” is a term with considerable currency in the United States, we by no means mean to limit our inquiry to that context, nor do we mean to forestall criticisms of the term “post-truth” itself. As always, we welcome both normative and descriptive scholarship, both spirited defenses and polemical critiques of liberal theologies, and studies of both classical western liberalism and its analogues in other cultural traditions.

All proposals will be evaluated according the following criteria: 1) clarity of thesis and argument; 2) explicit and creative engagement with liberal theologies, broadly understood; 3) relevance to the pressing concerns of both the academy and the world; 4) fit with the call for papers, and with other proposals received. Since this call for papers continues a conversation begun in our 2016 session, selected presenters will be provided with those papers and invited to see their own contributions as deepening that discussion. Selected presenters are also asked to provide a full manuscript for pre-circulation to other speakers by mid-October of 2017.

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Process: 
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Leadership: 
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