AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
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 2017 annual meeting, we are particularly interested in:
• Papers for a possible author-meets-critics panel on Ashon Crawley's Blackpentecostal Breath (Fordham, 2016), to be co-sponsored with the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements Program Unit.
• Papers for a possible author-meets-critics panel on Thelathia Nikki Young's Black Queer Ethics, Family, and Philosophical Imagination (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), to be co-sponsored with the Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection, Religion & Sexuality, and Womanist Approaches to Religion & Society Program Units.
• Papers for a panel on the relevance of Lee Edelman's work for the study of religion, theology, and sacred texts to be co-sponsored with the Society of Biblical Literature's LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics Unit.
• Papers that relate to the 2017 Presidential theme, "Religion and the Most Vulnerable," particularly papers that consider queer Muslim bodies and queer approaches to Mormonism.
• Papers related to the location of the 2017 annual meeting, Boston, particularly papers highlighting queer approaches to (Irish) Catholicism, including the Catholic sex abuse crisis.