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

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Nineteenth Century Theology Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

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.

Call for Papers: 

Protestantism, Secularization, and Theological Innovation (Co-sponsored by the Reformed Theology and History Unit) -
We invite proposals for papers that explore the intersections between modern religion, especially Protestantism, and secularization in a global context.  In particular, we welcome papers on Protestant movements (Lutheran and Reformed) and thinkers that already in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries problematized the category of the secular. Such papers might address issues of the relationship between culture and theology, science and theology, law and theology, or philosophy and theology.

● Theological Responses to the Rise of Scientific Materialism -
Scientific advances and rapid industrialization contributed in the second half of the nineteenth century to the popularization of several forms of scientific materialism and monism which challenged belief in the existence of a Creator and in an immaterial soul.  We invite proposals for papers that analyze theological and related philosophical responses to these developments by theologians and scientific theists in North America, Great Britain, and continental Europe.

● Jacobi’s Influence on Nineteenth-Century Religious Thought -
Few thinkers other than Kant had a greater influence on nineteenth-century debates carried out in Germany, Great Britain, and elsewhere about the relationship between faith and knowledge, and about the defensibility of various pantheistic and personalistic conceptions of the divine, than did Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819).  We seek papers that examine this influence, and reconstruct the terms of these and/or related debates.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
All paper proposals that we receive through the PAPERS system are ranked by steering committee members according to their merits in relation to the wording of our call for papers, and without the authors being identified. These rankings constitute one of several factors taken into consideration in determining the composition of our sessions. Others include thematic compatibility and potential for illuminating discussion of the papers selected, as well as diversity with respect both to ethnicity and gender, and to the career stages of scholars presenting at our sessions. This is a genuine working group with a long tradition of pre-distributing papers presented at our sessions to allow for the highest possible quality of discussion. In recent years, more often than not, those presenting at our sessions have done so for the first time. We actively seek the participation of scholars committed to the collaborative ethos of academic excellence that our group has historically sought to cultivate, and who are likely to keep the focus of our group attuned to cutting-edge research in the study of religion.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee