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

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Psychology, Culture, and Religion Unit and Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Unit

Call for Papers: 

MeToo: Sexual Trauma and Sexual Shaming in the Era of #45

Though Tarana Burke, creator of #metoo, designed the campaign in 2007 to promote solidarity between women of color survivors, the popularization of #metoo a decade later eclipses Burke's early efforts making the face of the movement against sexual trauma: white women. When Time magazine raised #metoo as the 2017 theme and named "The Silence Breakers" person of the year, the omission of Tarana Burke from the cover exposes how media often re-traumatizes and renders particular survivors invisible. The well-publicized sexual misconduct assaults pervasive in church institutions and faith communities where authorities move pastoral pedophiles from congregation to congregation, and the #metoo campaign has exposed men in the worlds of film and TV, sports, food, news media and publishing, academia, technology, and politics, including the current sitting U.S. President. This session invites papers that address sexual trauma and sexual shaming, including the way society weights trauma and race, and the need for therapy and pastoral care: the culture of violence disproportionately targets girls and women of color. Questions of identity, methodology, and ethics using psychological, theological, and religious perspectives animate these discussions in both activist and academic circles.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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