AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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Our Unit focuses on major themes, thinkers, and movements in nineteenth century religious thought and theology — from the French Revolution to World War I — and on the relation of religious thought to its historical, political, and cultural contexts. Each year the Unit selects two or three focused topics and predistributes papers before the AAR sessions.
The steering committee of the Nineteenth-Century Theology Unit is planning for three sessions in Boston:
• A pre-arranged session will gather scholars from different areas in the study of religion for analysis and discussion of Ted Vial's book Modern Religion, Modern Race (Oxford University Press, 2016). Topics will include religion and race as co-constituted categories in 19th-century Germany; racialized dimensions of concepts of historical development, teleology, and progress; the relevance of the book for critiques and analyses of secularism; and racialized ways of thinking about human groups and identity among 19th-century thinkers.
• For a second session on Luther's Nineteenth-Century Heirs and Interpreters (to be co-sponsored by the History of Christianity Unit), we seek papers that investigate Luther's theological legacy in the nineteenth century by examining how his ideas were appropriated or critiqued by important nineteenth-century religious thinkers, including ones outside of northern Europe. We are particularly interested in proposals that engage, from a variety of geographical and theological vantage points, with essays in the following volume: Matthew L. Becker, ed., Nineteenth-Century Lutheran Theologians (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016).
• For a third session on Emerson as Theological Resource in the Anthropocene we seek papers that explore the contemporary relevance of the religious thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson and other American Transcendentalists for constructive theology, environmental ethics, and related theoretical pursuits.