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

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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: 

In 2019 AAR/SBL revisits the southern border of the USA. In the past few years in particular, border cities have become contested sites reflecting, enacting, and even resisting national policies of exclusion, othering, and family separation. Cognizant of our location and of the wealth and depth of scholarly reflection on borders and border spaces, the Religion, Sport, and Play Unit invites papers for two sessions, one co-sponsored with the Religion and Disability Studies Unit, reflecting this theme in all of its diversity, particularity, and complexity.

Border spaces are imagined as points of intersection, as crossings, as fluid, creative, and generative in-between spaces. They are also experienced as barriers, restrictive and in need of challenge, including, but not limited to bodily, mental, emotional, communal, political, religious, social, spiritual and territorial boundaries.

Proposals for both sessions should address the theme of border/border spaces, construed broadly, in relation to religion and sport/or play. For example, papers are welcome that address sport/play in terms of: the geographic location of AAR/SBL (e.g. California, Mexico, the border); tensions and boundaries between understandings of sport as opposed to play; sport/play as restrictive, liberative, as means of fostering relations and inclusion, as othering and exclusive; issues of physicality, performance enhancement; expressions of global capitalism, nationalism, performative resistance. A diverse range of disciplinary perspectives, religious and spiritual traditions, methodologies, and critiques are encouraged.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee