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

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Religion, Memory, History Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

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.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on the following topics:

• We are especially interested this year in memories of catastrophes and disaster. We employ the concept of catastrophe/disaster widely so that it includes memories of social trauma, cultural trauma, genocide, natural disasters, and economic crises.
• Our second theme this year focuses on material religion, monuments, and museums. How does the present shape the production and perception of material religion, monuments, and museums? How are they received and perceived in the public sphere?
• Our third theme this year deals with memories of indigenous landscapes. How are indigenous sites memorialized in landscapes, monuments, or national parks? How do they respond to competing colonial histories and economic development?
• Papers that address the impact of current US political/legislative environment on people with disabilities in light of studies in religion and regarding those who are most vulnerable (e.g., children, elderly, imprisoned, immigrants, migrants, LGBTIQA, homeless). For a co-sponsorship with the Class, Religion, and Theology Unit, the Religion and Disability Studies Unit, and the Religion, Memory, History Unit.

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