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

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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: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/aar-religionandpolitics

Call for Papers: 

● The Racialization of Religion (Co-sponsored with Interreligious and Interfaith Studies) -
Many encounters with religious difference in the United States manifest racial dimensions. What role do both religion and race play in our current political polarization? In what ways is religion deployed to provide cover for racial bias or to efface intra-faith racial diversity? We seek to explore the intersections of race and religion with interdisciplinary and interreligious rigor.

● The Arts and Religion in War, Imperialism, and Protest (Co-sponsored with Arts, Literature, and Religion) -
San Diego is home to the largest concentration of military personnel in the United States, especially naval forces which aim to extend American power globally. This session welcomes papers that consider the relation among religion, war, andempire, especially as rendered in literature, film, or visual art, as well as readings of art’s complicity with or resistance to war and empire, whether alongside or against religion.

We ask for papers on the intersection of religion and politics from a national and an international perspective on any topic but this year we are particularly interested in:

● Immigration and border politics

● Voting patterns, voter suppression, political polarization, and the formation of political alliances

● The environment and rural and urban identities

● The relationship between scholarship, activism, and teaching

● Two areas related to the location in San Diego:

a. San Diego is home to over 100,000 Sailors and Marines, 50 Navy ships, and one-third of the US Pacific Fleet. We invite discussions about the religious dimensions of naval or military service.
b. San Diego is also home To Comic-Con. We invite papers related to the role of religion in comics or graphic novels.

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