AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
The Religion, Sport, and Play Unit invite proposals for papers on the intersection of religion, sport/play, and emotion. For players and spectators, games can evoke a range of emotions. How have religious communities harnessed this power of emotion, and to what ends? What connections exist between the emotions of sport/play and cultural protest movements? How might theoretical tools like attention to power, affect, and post-colonialism shed light on instances of sport/play, emotion, and religion? Papers that focus on the location of the meeting (Boston, MA) and/or the theme of the 2017 meeting (Religion and the Most Vulnerable) are especially welcome. In addition to the issues/questions above, the Religion, Sport, and Play Unit is continually interested in proposals that critically examine religious institutions and ideologies as they relate to sport, play, and games.
The Religion Sport, and Play Unit and the Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Unit invite proposals for papers for a possible joint session that explores the complex intersection of sport/play and the use of various technologies to make the bodies of athletes, players, and gamers even “better.” Original work that probes the social, political, moral, and religious dimensions of these issues are especially encouraged.
Successful proposals for both sessions will address historical or contemporary cases and contribute to a range of disciplinary perspectives and diverse religious traditions. Proposals should clearly state the main argument of the paper and summarize evidence used to support the argument.