AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit provides a forum for scholars and professionals interested in the relationships between religion, the state, and political life, both in the United States and around the world. Our members focus on the interaction between religious and political values, movements, and commitments, and the role of religious individuals and communities in bodies politic. This focus includes attention to the ways in which religion and religious actors participate in public discourse, contribute to debates over public values and social policy, and affect — and are affected by — activity in the political sphere. We welcome members doing both normative and descriptive work from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including religious studies, political science, philosophy, social ethics, law (including church–state studies), history (as it relates to contemporary understandings), and theology. We seek to advance scholarly inquiry on religion and politics and we seek also to speak to broad and diverse publics about areas falling under the Unit’s purview.
We also maintain a lively, year-round Religion and Politics Google group, which is open to all AAR members here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/aar-religionandpolitics
In addition to receiving paper or panel proposals on topics generally in the purview of the Unit (which encompasses both domestic and global interconnections of religion and politics, in practice and theory), we especially welcome proposals that address the following themes:
The international rise of populist, nationalist, or anti-globalization forces or movements in the U.S., UK, France, Italy, Austria, Turkey, the Philippines, India, and other nations. In particular, we seek analyses of the religious dimensions of the populist moment. This panel is co-sponsored by Religion, Social Conflict, and Peace. (You should submit your proposal only once to either unit.)
Religious dimensions surrounding “global citizenship,” including issues that traffic under this term. What does the language and possibility of global citizenship represent for its growing numbers of defenders and detractors alike? What responsibility do religion educators in public schools have for teaching global citizenship, particularly where it conflicts with national citizenship? Do religion educators share non-partisan values about democracy, human rights, or refugees? Should we be more explicit about the traits and habits necessary for citizens, and when are these controversial? This panel is co-sponsored by Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives.
The impact of new appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court. We are especially interested in papers that address issues of religious freedom, religion and social justice, religion and the most vulnerable, religion and reproductive rights, or other themes related to jurisprudence and religion.
The role of religious leaders or communities around the world in supporting or resisting increased state policies that target minority communities (e.g., surveillance of or registering Muslims, deporting immigrants, or criminal justice policies that disproportionately impact nonwhite populations).
The rising number of young people who are disaffiliating from traditional religious institutions. Papers may address the influence of technology on religious attendance, religious leadership and authority, and patterns of religious identity and belonging. We welcome papers that address this phenomenon in the U.S. but also papers that address similar trends abroad.