AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit explores the construction of narratives of the past as memory and history in relation to religious practices, ideologies, and subjectivities. The role of memory and history in the formation of religious subjectivities calls for examination within a comparative context, to allow for an intercultural and interdisciplinary exploration of its forms and contexts, and to provide engagement with theoretical and methodological concerns across traditions.
• We are especially interested this year in memories of white nostalgia in the global context of “values voters” and how they render others vulnerable. In the context of the global rise of whitening nostalgia, we invite papers on the forgetting and erasure of other peoples, cultures, traditions, and histories. In what ways are communities vulnerable to whitening nostalgia? How do people resist forgetting and erasure?
• Our second theme this year focuses on memories of movement, migration, and landscapes. How are movement and migration remembered and commemorated? How do they intersect with the religious memories of the vulnerable? How do these memories map on to and reshape earlier memories of movement? How is ‘home’ remembered? How are transit sites, spaces, and places represented?
• Frederic Jameson among others uncovers religion within science fiction as a mediatory space, an arbiter between vulnerabilities and precarity. What is the function of religion within franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Westworld? Selected papers will be considered for publication in a special edition of Sociological Imagination.
• We also welcome other proposals that use memory studies approaches to the analysis of religion.
The Religion, Memory, History unit welcomes individual paper proposals as well as full panel submissions.