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

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Religion, Sport, and Play Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides an opportunity for scholars to engage in emerging research at the intersection of religion and sport, games, and play. We are interested in examining these topics across broad geographical areas, religious traditions, and historical eras. We encourage critical reflection regarding relationships of religious institutions to sport, play, and games; theological and spiritual experiences of participants and spectators invested in these activities; and the cross-cultural applicability of the received categories.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers/proposals on the following topics:

• The Religion, Sport, and Play Unit invites proposals for original papers on the intersection of religion, sport and/or play. Proposals attending to "body" construed broadly, are particularly encouraged. In other words, proposals that address sport and/or play: within the context of the body politic (e.g. as representation or enactment of a people or nation); in relation to the human body (e.g. in terms of performance, enhancement, physicality, able-ness, disability studies); as employed in religious, scriptural, theological constructs (e.g. as metaphor, in evangelization, as spiritual, as distraction, as abomination). Attention to the local context of the AAR 2018 meeting is also encouraged.
• The Religion, Sport, and Play Unit and the Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Unit will co-sponsor a session on sport and play as sites of resistance, liberation, assimilation, and complicated spiritualities from explicitly Latinx and Latin@ perspectives.

Successful proposals for both sessions will address historical or contemporary cases and contribute to a range of disciplinary perspectives, diverse religious traditions, methodological approaches, and critiques. Proposals should clearly state the main argument of the paper and summarize evidence used to support the argument.

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