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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Religion and Humanism Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The Religion and Humanism Unit is a forum for constructive work incorporating humanist themes in theology, religion and the arts, and philosophy. The unit also aims to bring scholarly and critical methodologies to bear on the history of humanism and the question of the human. We engage religious historians in the task of tracing the history of humanism across its many manifestations. Understanding that humanism is a highly contested phenomenon, we also seek to bring humanism and its critics into a constructive conversation. Finally, in advancing our critical and constructive goals we seek to be rigorously interdisciplinary in approach.

Call for Papers: 

Some call the contemporary geologic age the anthropocene because humans have exerted the dominant force influencing the climate and the environment. Our increasing awareness of the impact our existence has on the planet expands our sense of culpability and complicity in ways that invite us to rethink assumptions and models related to the traditional theological categories of self, God, and community. The Religion and Humanism Unit therefore calls for papers that engage the following questions: In what ways do we need to rethink ethics in response to the anthropocene? What new forms of being human relative to traditional theological-existential categories such as faith, hope, love, or despair are anchored in this new geological age? What resources unique to Religion and Humanism can be used as a way to articulate the new problems and possibilities that inhere within this time? In what way does acknowledging the anthropocene cultivate new possibilities for understanding either God or Community? Does the presumption of human culpability for the many problems associated with anthropocene necessarily compromise or devalue humanity?

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