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

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Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit presents an opportunity for scholars in various subfields of religious studies to explore a topic whose relevance cuts across specializations. We bring together scholars treating different time periods, geographical regions, and traditions in working to strengthen our field’s role in the study of empire, colonialism, and postcolonialism.

Call for Papers: 

We welcome all individual and panel proposals that engage postcolonial perspectives in the study of religion. In addition, we are interested in two specific topics for the 2017 annual meeting and the proposed theme of “Religion and the Most Vulnerable”:

• Teaching Resistance and Resilience in the Classroom and Beyond
This panel is in response to the call by the AAR leadership to work against threats posed by "emboldened discrimination against racial and ethnic minority groups; threats to the undocumented; marginalization of many of the religious groups that we study; assaults on facts, inquiry, and truth telling" (https://www.aarweb.org/about/after-the-election-statement-from-the-aar-b...).
We are particularly interested in proposals by scholars engaged in resistance movements and the teaching of anti-imperial non-violent direct action. It is our contention that in the wake of #BLM and other resistance movements our roles as teachers are becoming particularly important for the ways in which we can motivate student participation and strategize against institutional oppression or quietism. It is our hope that the proposals will have both practical suggestions and will include reflections by activist-scholars on fighting the good fight. Our goal is to encourage faculty and graduate students to activate student populations to resist a culture of vitriolic public rhetoric and racism, and to strategize about resources and practical know-how of being. We are particularly keen to have a diversity of voices from public, private, union and non-union institutions.

• We are also looking for proposals for a co-sponsorship with the Body and Religion Unit on the subject of: “Power, Meaning, and Identity: Colonial, Colored, and Gendered Bodies”. Our hope is to interpret the call broadly and tie it in with the annual theme "Religion and the Most Vulnerable."

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