AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit 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 Unit invites proposals in accordance with the presidential theme of religion and the most vulnerable. Such papers may focus on climate change and vulnerable populations (human and nonhuman), migrant communities, climate justice movements, resistance, resilience and religion, or academia and activism. We are particularly searching for papers that critically examine the intersection between religion, ecology and justice, highlighting points of engagement, tension, and disagreement as well as solidarity and progress. Papers may focus on historical events, contemporary political issues arising from the nexus of religion and ecology, or theoretical, philosophical, or theological problems.
Following last year’s emphasis on complete panels that celebrated the Religion and Ecology Unit’s 25th anniversary, we are particularly interested in forming panels of individual papers that highlight a wide diversity of traditions and methods, give voice to students and junior scholars, or in other ways demonstrate new directions and approaches to the study of religion and ecology.
We also solicit individual papers or a complete panel proposal on Standing Rock. When the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit in U.S. District Court against the Army Corps of Engineers in July 2016, they argued that the Dakota Access Pipeline "threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe." We seek paper or panel proposals for a co-sponsored session on the intersections of law, ecology, and Native American traditions, for a potential session to be jointly sponsored with Religion, Law and Culture, and Native Traditions in the Americas.