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

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Liberation Theologies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit asks “What does liberation theology mean in and for the twenty-first century?” We encourage crossover dialogue — between contexts and between disciplines — and reflection on the implications of liberationist discourse for the transformation of theology as a whole, both methodologically and theologically.

Call for Papers: 

● Landscapes of Liberation: Building New Horizons of Bodies, Borders, and Belonging -
The context of the 2019 AAR meeting in San Diego places concrete demands on all of us to consider how bodies, borders, and belonging are constructed as physical and symbolic realities, powerful enough to determine the life prospects of millions of human beings and the planet. These shifting conceptions of realities are determined by border crisis, military developments, ecological disasters, criminalization and invisibilization of growing homeless and refugee populations, and communal displacement by industrial complexes. The transformations we witness in the San Diego area are not unique, and have devastating correlates at the regional, national and global levels.

The Liberation Theologies Program Unit invites proposals that engage with the changing conceptions of bodies, borders and belongings in the new landscapes. We encourage proposals that depart from local contexts (San Diego, other locations throughout the US or the Globe) to analyze the shifting realities, challenge current systems of oppression, and imagine new horizons of liberation. We welcome proposals that consider comparative, relational or parallel analyses that juxtapose local landscapes to other global regions as these shape and impact various dimensions of human liberation, including through networks of activism, praxis, and resistance.

Topics may include:

○ Shifting perspectives of borders and borderlands
○ New methods of policing at borders and mainlands
○ Racialization of bodies and “Public Health Initiatives”
○ Mass Incarceration and financial profitability
○ Criminalization of asylum seekers and refugees
○ Community invisibilizations and displacements by industrial complexes
○ Changing conception of gender and sexualities in new oppressive landscapes
○ Ecological dangers and dystopian present/futures
○ New transnational solidarities
○ Indigenous and intersectional Identities as sources for alternatives
 

50th Anniversary of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed -
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Paulo Freire’s groundbreaking book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, we invite proposals that reflect on the importance of his work to transformative scholarship and pedagogy and the field of Religious Studies. How has his approach to education, and his organizing to transform oppressive structures and create a more equitable world influenced pedagogical practices today? What still needs to change? What does it mean to embrace teaching as a practice of freedom? How has Freire’s work shaped scholar-activism and contemporary projects of liberation? This panel will be co-sponsored by Ethics, Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy, and Liberation Theologies.

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