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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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Religion and Sexuality Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit examines religion and sexuality, broadly conceptualized, and focuses on questions of why and how sex matters for particular religious persons, communities, or traditions. We welcome collaboration with other Program Units doing work in some area of sexuality. Distinguishing this Unit from other Program Units are an emphasis on empirical research and analysis and an intentionally multidisciplinary and comparative religious focus. We especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches, interest in gender (broadly defined), and strong attention to methodological issues.

Call for Papers: 

This Unit examines religion and sexuality, broadly conceptualized, and focuses on questions of why and how sex matters for particular religious persons, communities, or traditions. We welcome collaboration with other Program Units doing work in some area of sexuality. Distinguishing this Unit from other Program Units are (1) an emphasis on empirical research and analysis, (2) an intentionally multidisciplinary and comparative religious focus, and (3) an interest in comparative international perspectives. We especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches, interest in gender, and strong attention to methodological issues. While we welcome papers that address theory we are especially interested in praxis-based theoretical analysis. Accordingly, this Unit welcomes papers on religion and sexuality, broadly conceptualized. We are particularly interested in papers addressing and analyzing the following themes in light of the AAR Presidential Theme 2017, Religion and the Most Vulnerable:

• Religion and Sexual Violence: We welcome papers that engage the important topic of Religion and Sexual Violence as it relates to a) Sexual assault/abuse, reproductive rights, homophobias and heterosexisms, ableism and targeted embodiments; b) the movement for Black Lives; c) regimes of bodily surveillance and policing.

• "Queer Gathering": We welcome papers that address queer theology and queer religious activism. We are particularly interested in papers engaging a) Islam and queer lives and b) interreligious dialogue/cross-faith conversations pertaining to queer theology and activism. Papers can also be focused around methodological and/or empirical issues/approaches.

• Papers for a possible author-meets-critics panel on Thelathia Nikki Young's Black Queer Ethics, Family, and Philosophical Imagination (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), co-sponsored with the Queer Study in Religion Program Unit.

• Other proposals for papers, sessions, panels and/or book sessions in keeping with the general mission of the Unit are always welcome.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee