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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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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: 

Our unit plans to sponsor or co-sponsor three sessions at the annual meeting in 2018. The first of these, to be co-sponsored by La Société Internationale d'Etudes sur Alfred Loisy, is a book panel consisting of invited responses to Thomas Albert Howard’s The Pope and the Professor: Pius IX, Ignaz von Döllinger, and the Quandary of the Modern Age (Oxford University Press, 2017).

2018 is the centennial of the end of the First World War, and thus of the so-called “long nineteenth century.” For a session on The Future of the Nineteenth Century, we seek proposals for papers that:

• Look at points of continuity and discontinuity with later twentieth-century theology
• Examine how later scholarship constructed nineteenth-century theology
• Discuss new approaches to the study of the “long nineteenth century”

For the third session on Theological Responses to the Rise of Historical Consciousness, we seek papers that examine diagnoses of, and constructive responses to, the challenges of "historicization" resulting from the application of historical-critical methods to the foundational texts and ideas of Christianity and other religious traditions. Papers that engage with the ideas of Ferdinand Christian Baur and related figures are especially welcome, though proposals that consider the impact of the rise of historical consciousness on modern theology more broadly will be given equal consideration.

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
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.
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