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

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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Religion and the Social Sciences Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit supports scholarship at the intersection of the social sciences — including psychology, ethnography, sociology, political sciences, economics, and cultural studies — and religious or theological studies. Topic areas include the study of religious and theological questions through specific social scientific methodologies, the contribution of religious and theological approaches to the work of social scientific disciplines, and comparative assessments of current issues by humanities-based and social scientific methods.

Call for Papers: 

The Religion and Social Science Unit is pleased to honor the AAR theme “Religion and the Most Vulnerable” and welcome papers on the following themes and topics: 1.) Immigration, politics, and sanctuary cities; 2.) Gentrification and urban religion; 3.) Religious and social activism in a Trump era; and 4.) Religion and the production of “neighbor” and “stranger.”

Method: 
PAPERS
Other: 
Anonymity of Review Process: Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection. Please do not include any identifying information in the body of your proposal.
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Comments: 
RSS is strongly committed to this approach. The co-chairs of this unit, along with members of the Steering Committee, are in constant communication during the selections process. We are a group of individuals who work well together and who respect each others’ expertise. We also welcome and encourage graduate students’ participation and welcomed Kayla Wheeler (ABD, University of Iowa; Teaching Fellow, Ithaca College) and Sara Williams (ABD, Emory University; Miami University of Ohio Instructor) to our Steering Committee Meeting. A third graduate student, Gwendolyn Gillson, ABD, University of Iowa, is currently conducting fieldwork in Japan and plans on joining us in Boston 2017.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee