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

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Queer Studies in Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The core goals of this Unit are as follows:
• Foster the application of queer theory and gender theory to the study of religion
• Encourage comparative study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in religion
• Support the growth of bisexual studies and transgender studies in the field

We actively seek to explore the connections between queer theory in religion and complementary or overlapping fields of inquiry, such as postcolonial theory, critical race theory, disability theory, feminist theory, and cultural studies, among others.

Call for Papers: 

This Unit welcomes proposals for individual papers, papers sessions, and roundtables on all topics related to queer theory and LGBT studies in religion, especially those focused on bisexual and/or transgender studies, those that foreground race as an analytical framework, and those that consider contexts beyond the United States and that engage religions other than Christianity.

For the 2018 annual meeting, we are particularly interested in:
• topics in religion and queer studies/theory that address the study of Mormonism (for a potential co-sponsorship with the Mormon studies group)
• Queer of Color critique and engagement in the study of religion. (possible themes might include: Afropessimism; queer bodies of color; queer of color reflections on foundational scholarship and intellectual genealogies; queer engagement with intersectional feminist, womanist, and mujerista standpoints and critiques; etc)
• Religion and queer studies/theory in conversation with themes of geography and spatialization. This might include questions of gentrification, displacement, indigeneity, settler colonialism, "safe space,"; analyses of rural/urban/suburban, etc. We particularly welcome papers and proposals that address Denver, the state of Colorado, and US borderlands (in recognition of the location for the 2018 annual meeting.)
• We also welcome all topics related to the program unit goals.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee