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

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New Materialism, Religion, and Planetary Thinking Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

Recently, a number of methods and ideas for re-thinking ideas as part of the rest of the natural world (including religious ideas and values) have appeared on the religious studies landscape. The ideas of emergence theory, new materialisms, and object-oriented ontologies are all geared toward thinking about religion and science, ideas and nature, values and matter from within what Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari call a “single plane” of existence. Others within the field of “religion and ecology/nature” are skeptical of these “postmodern” methods and theories and claim rightly that ideas from various religious traditions such as pantheism, panentheism, animism, and dependent co-arising already do the intellectual work of rethinking “religion and nature” together onto an immanent plane of existence. This closed seminar will begin to explore some of the links and differences between these older religious traditions of thinking immanence with more recent post-modern theoretical moves toward spatially-oriented ways of thinking. Rather than being a final reflection on these connections and differences, this seminar calls for a more sustained comparative study of these different spatial approaches.

Call for Papers: 

There is no call for papers this year. This will be a closed meeting between the Steering Committee and the participants over the past three years, to work on various publication projects coming out of the seminar.

Method: 
Other
Other: 
We are not accepting submissions from outside of the seminar participants this year.
Process: 
Other (please explain below)
Comments: 
We do not accept proposals from outside of the seminar, as it is a closed seminar. Each member of the seminar has been asked to present once during the overall seminar.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee