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

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Religion and Ecology Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

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.

Call for Papers: 

The Religion and Ecology Unit seeks individual paper and complete panel proposals relating to a wide range of themes in religion and ecology including proposals that resonate with the 2018 thematic emphasis on civic discourse, or that take up the impact of religion and ecology scholarship beyond the academy, through activism, public education or other means. Following our last business meeting we are also interested in a number of topical themes including proposals that concentrate on Colorado and the Intermountain West; methodological pluralism in religion and ecology; ecological deities; re-wilding and neo-primitivism; an authors-meet-critics panel that features several noteworthy new books in religion and ecology; and religious experiences of climate change impacts. Other topics and proposals will also be given full consideration.

The Religion and Ecology Unit is also pursuing a possible co-sponsored session with related units as follows:

• Papers or panel proposals on the impact of current North American administrations' environmental and economic policies on indigenous religious freedom, protection of sacred places, plants and animals. For a joint session with the Native Traditions in the Americas Unit and the Religion and Ecology Unit.

• Religion, Ecology, and Place
Papers or panel proposals on the role of religious traditions in place-based ecological actions or campaigns, especially regarding extractive industries. For a joint session with the Space, Place, and Religion Unit and the Religion and Ecology Unit.

• Law, Religion, and Public Lands/Spaces/Water
We call on papers or panel proposals on law, religion, and public lands, spaces, and waters. Co-sponsored session with the Law, Religion, and Culture Unit and the Religion and Ecology Unit.

Please note that, following our emphasis in 2017 on individual paper proposals, high priority will be given this year to complete panel proposals that offer creative alternatives to the usual format of reading out 4-5 papers.

We aim to offer a Friday afternoon workshop on pedagogy in religion and ecology. Those interested in participating should contact co-chair James Miller.

We are also interested in organizing a tour of local ecologically significant sites. If you are able to organize and lead such a tour, please contact co-chair Christopher Carter.

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
We are significantly changing the steering committee this year with more active members who have worked in the field a considerable length of time, and come form diverse contexts and traditions.
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