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

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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:

• #MeToo
We welcome papers that engage and problematize the #metoo campaign through the critical lenses of bodies, sexualities, power, pleasure, abuse, ethics, etc. In particular, we welcome papers that problematize religious sexual abuse and spiritual bypassing. Papers should employ empirical, literary, or poetic approaches.

• Sacred Texts in Sexuality Education
We welcome papers that engage the current and/or potential use of sacred texts (across traditions) in comprehensive sexuality education. For potential co-sponsorship with the LGBTI/Queer Interpretation section (SBL).

• Queer Gathering
We welcome papers that address queer theology and queer religious activism. We are particularly interested in a) an empirical focus on lived experiences across religious traditions and b) interreligious dialogue/cross-faith conversations pertaining to queer theology and activism.

Other proposals for papers, session, 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