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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Exhibit Hall Listing and Map (PDF)

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Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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Religion in Europe Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit is designed to serve as a forum for the examination of religious issues related to the social, cultural, and political development of both Eastern and Western Europe. Its guiding principles include a commitment to scholarly dialogue across disciplines, a comparative spirit sensitive to Europe’s religious diversity, and a transhistorical appreciation of the full trajectory of the European experience.

Call for Papers: 

This Unit analyzes religion in both Eastern and Western Europe or related to Europe in any historical period. We encourage interdisciplinary, interreligious, and comparative approaches to the topic.

For the 2019 meeting we especially seek proposals related to one or more of the following themes:

● The problem of sexual abuse in religions and how this has impacted religion in Europe, including sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and comparisons of reports about and/or responses to sexual abuse in European and American contexts. We welcome proposals that address sexual harassment issues that relate to any religious context in Europe.

● Religion and the idea of Europe, including the idea of Christian Europe and its connection to geographic Europe, claims to history around European identity (Christian Europe and its connection to race, classics, medieval history, neo-paganism), and Christianity as a contested identity.

● The relationship between theoretical debates in the study of religion between Europe and the United States, examining differences, influences, and (a)synchronicities (Co-sponsored with the Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Unit).

● The relationship between Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe, including its connection to nationalist populism and responses to immigration (Co-sponsored with the Study of Islam Unit).

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John Tolan, Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today (Princeton Univ. Press, June 2019). We are seeking proposals from scholars in related fields who wish to respond to, engage with, or offer a critique of the book. This French edition of this text has already been published as Mohamet l’européen (Albin Michel, 2018). The author will be responding. To submit a proposal for this session, please include your name, describe your scholarly background that relates to this text, and explain why you are interested in responding to this text. In the abstract field, just put “N/A” (Co-sponsored with the Religion in Premodern Europe Unit).

We also welcome proposals that do not correspond to these themes, as well as proposals for complete sessions related to Europe in some fashion. Successful proposals will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Religion in Europe.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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