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

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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: 

In light of the 2018 conference theme “Religious Studies and Publics,” the Religion and Social Science Unit (RSS) invites submissions of papers that address the following themes and topics:

• Social scientific-based methodologies that focus on community-based research
• The vulnerabilities associated with conducting field research and those that ethnographers of religion experience in the field as a public and as public figures
• Regional focus on religion in the Middle Western states
• Religion and the environment, including the aftereffects of natural disasters
• Searching for the elusive “interdisciplinarity” in Religious Studies and other social scientific fields

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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. We have elected Sara Williams (ABD, Emory University); Miami University of Ohio Instructor to our Steering Committee and value the participation of Gwendolyn Gillson, (ABD, University of Iowa), Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow; and the energy of newly minted (Ph.D., University of Iowa), Kayla R. Wheeler, Boston University Visiting Scholar, 2017-2018.
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ChairSteering Committee