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

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Quaker Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The Quaker Studies Unit seeks to advance critical scholarship of Quakerism and sub-fields that interact with Quaker history, practice and thought. This Unit is particularly focused on interdisciplinary analyses of Quakerism in its global contexts and the breadth of its theological diversity. Quaker Studies includes the variety of religious traditions that derive from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), as well as the spiritual and social movements and practices that claim Quaker influence.

Call for Papers: 

For the 2018 AAR sessions in Denver, the Quaker Studies Program Unit invites papers for:

• Power Dynamics, Authority, and Leadership in Quaker Institutions, Meetings, and Churches
We welcome research that aims to explore the nature of power and leadership (both internal and external power) in the Quaker tradition. How are these structures of power abused or utilized in negative ways? How does power and its abuse interact within and outside the community? Are there other traditions that may be able to illuminate the structure of Quaker institutions? How do Quaker communities relate to power and what may be illuminated through this relation both internally and externally? Is there an evolution in the way these powers have interacted both internally and externally? What may scholars be able to analyze and understand about the nature of power/authority, in general, if the structures of Quaker power are placed in conversation with other political and religious structures. We welcome all submissions that look to explore Quaker power structures through a broad range of methodologies and practices.

• Open Call
We solicit paper proposals that address Quakers and Quaker-related topics. All methodologies are welcome. Special interest would include, but is not limited to, papers that discuss:
o Quaker understandings of the causes and contexts of violence
o Race in Quaker history and contemporary Quakerism
o Quaker political theories
o Religious identity

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
ChairSteering Committee