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

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Religion and Politics Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

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:!forum/aar-religionandpolitics

Call for Papers: 

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 (and we are open to additional co-sponsorships beyond those listed here):

We are interested in paper proposals addressing issues of religion and politics in the Mountain West region, including “bodies and borders.” This includes religious responses to ecology, sex, guns, and immigration. Denver is home to sacred land, the 2017 Supreme Court same-sex marriage cake case, the 1999 Columbine massacre, and the 2012 Dark Knight massacre. 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We envision a panel of paper presentations on the role of religion in the 2018 midterm elections. Is there any evidence of a third way beyond liberal-conservative or left-right binaries? Is there any evidence that taxation is a moral issue?

Please submit a detailed abstract and more in-depth description to the AAR PAPERS online system so that our steering committee members can review your proposals blindly.

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
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