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

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Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

Relationships between religions and the causes and resolution of social conflict are complex. On the one hand, religion is a major source of discord in our world, but on the other, religious agents have often played a central role in developing and encouraging nonviolent means of conflict resolution and sustainable peace. While religion as a factor in conflicts is often misunderstood by military and political leaders, it is also the case that the popular call for an end to injustice is quite often a religious voice. We seek to add a critical dimension to the understanding of how religion influences and resolves social conflict. We want to develop and expand the traditional categories of moral reflection and response to war and also to investigate kindred conflicts — terrorism, humanitarian armed intervention, cultural and governmental repression, ecological degradation, and all of the factors that inhibit human flourishing. We also hope to encourage theoretical and practical reflection on religious peace-building by examining the discourses, practices, and community and institutional structures that promote just peace. Through our work, we hope to promote understanding of the relationships between social conflict and religions in ways that are theoretically sophisticated and practically applicable in diverse cultural contexts.

Call for Papers: 

This group welcomes individual papers and paper session proposals (presider, 3-4 papers, and respondent) on intersections of religion with violence, social conflict, and peace. For the 2017 Annual Meeting, we are particularly interested in proposals that address the following topics:

• Intersectionality and religious peacebuilding
• Boycott, divestment and sanctions as prophetic practice and response to calls of solidarity
• Memory, race, and the legacy of the American Civil War in contemporary contentions and violence in the U.S.
• Religious dimensions of responses to the resurgent threat of nuclear warfare; Korea crisis; International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (winners of 2017 Nobel Peace Prize)
• Religious peacebuilding and movement for environmental justice
• Pedagogical approaches to the intersection of Religion and Peace and Conflict Studies

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
ChairSteering Committee