AAR Annual Meeting
November 21-24, 2015
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This Group critically and constructively explores how human–Earth relations are shaped by religions, cultures, and understandings of nature and the environment. We are self-consciously inter- and multi-disciplinary and include methods such as those found in the work of theologians, philosophers, religionists, ethicists, scientists, and anthropologists, among others.
The Religion and Ecology Group invites panels and papers that take up these themes:
1) the contribution of religion and ecology to the field of religious studies;
2) international law, ethics, and development;
3) emotions, aesthetics, affect theory, and "new materialism";
4) environmental racism and injustice;
5) environmental conflict and violence, such as eco-terrorism, environmental conflicts around extractive economies in Africa and Latin America, and the relationship between Islamism and petroleum economies (co-sponsored with the Religion and Violence Group);
6) post-growth religious thinking in relation to alternative economic and environmental concerns in Europe, which includes (but is not limited to) how these concerns influence values, nature-based spiritualities, etc. (co-sponsored with the Religion in Europe Group);
7) postcolonial studies and animals (for a possible cosponsored session with Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Group; Animals and Religion Group).
We welcome proposals for complete panels and plan to devote at least one session to individual paper proposals. All proposals must explicitly indicate each paper’s methodological approach, central thesis, as well as their contribution to the field of religion and ecology.