AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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The Religion and Disability Studies Unit is committed to maintaining the visibility, viability, and value of the experience and politics of disability as they relate to the study and practice of religion. We promote engagement between disability studies theory and the study of religion, examine the role of disability in lived religious experience and theology, and consider the historical and contemporary role of disability in diverse religious traditions, texts, and cultures.
The Religion and Disability Studies Unit welcomes paper submissions on any aspect of the intersection between religion, theology, and disability studies. If your paper is accepted we ask that you submit the full text online no later than two weeks before the meeting (by November 1) so as to facilitate discussion among presenters and participants alike.
We have particular interests in the following topics:
Papers that address how our religious traditions participate in the production of the social evils that many persons with disabilities experience and what concrete actions can our academy offer to relieve and alleviate the vulnerability to which they are exposed
Papers that explore disability and aging, for example, living with and/or caring for-accompanying persons with disabilities: life-long disabilities and disabilities acquired as we age, aging as gendered disability experience, medicalization of disability, and varying effects on vulnerable elderly populations
Papers that engage disability in diverse religious traditions and cultural contexts, from historical, textual, or contemporary perspectives
Papers that consider the public voice, of an activist nature, that advances dismantling religio-theological as well as social, political, medical, legal, and economic discriminations against and raises the voices of people with disabilities
Papers for a possible joint session with the Class, Religion, and Theology Unit on the complex intersections between disability and class which strengthen, challenge, and complicate religious, social, and political frameworks that affect the vulnerability of people with often co-occurring marginalizations
Papers for a possible joint session with the Childhood Studies and Religion Unit and the Religions, Medicines, and Healing Unit dealing with issues surrounding the normative-inspired medical, psychological, mental health, and religious interventions to make the bodies and/or minds of children and young people with disabilities “whole” from a wide variety of religious and methodological perspectives (if your paper is accepted for this "Call" you will be expected to submit the full text online by November 1)
Papers for a possible joint session with the Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Unit and Liberation Theologies Unit on the various ways in which bodies are used to communicate, interpret, and theologize –to tell stories drawn from signing the body—in African American and other cultures, including the use of Black American Sign Language, a distinct variant of ASL that arose from the experiences of Black Deaf people in segregated schools for the deaf