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

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Religion, Affect, and Emotion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides space for theoretically-informed discussion of the relationship between religion, affect, and emotion. The Unit serves as a meeting point for conversations on the affective, noncognitive, and passional dimensions of religion coming from diverse fields, including anthropology, comparative religion, psychology, decolonial theory, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and theology. Proposals drawing on these theoretical resources to examine specific religious traditions, shifting historical understandings of religion and affect/emotion, comparative work that looks at affective forms across traditions, and broader theoretical reflections are all welcome.

Call for Papers: 

RAE accepts individual proposals and panel submissions on research that examines the impact for religion scholarship of theorizing particular affects or emotions, assessing specific theorists or strains of affect theory or emotion studies, or re-examining the history of emotion and feeling. For the 2018 conference we especially solicit papers or panels on the following topics:

• For the 2018 presidential theme on public scholarship:
Affective dimensions of public scholarship, including free speech, assessment of public scholarship, allegations of being "too political" or "too emotional", receiving hate mail and threats, etc.
• 5-minute talks for a lightning session on emotion, affect, and pedagogy:
How do we use, transform, dismiss, or neutralize feelings in the religious studies classroom? (Please indicate that your proposal is for this session by starting your title with “5-min Teaching Presentation.”).
• Affective politics online, with particular attention to social media (liking, following, friending, going viral, trolling, favoriting, brigading, meme-making, bullying, doxing).
• The politics and poetics of boredom in religion.
• Obligatory affects. The emotions you’re supposed to have (respectability, a stiff upper lip), to give (emotional labor), and to avoid (“just being emotional”).
• Proposals on current controversies in brain-mind science and emotion, such as the debates surrounding domain-specific vs. domain-general theories of emotion, and the implications of these controversies for religion. For a co-sponsored session with Religion, Affect and Emotion Unit and the Science, Technology, and Religion Unit.

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Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
This method has helped us to ensure our group's excellence in diversity throughout our panels.
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