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

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Roman Catholic Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides a scholarly forum to study the global Roman Catholic community. Consequently, we welcome critical studies, cultural, ethical, historical, and theological perspectives. We seek to mirror the subject community’s diversity in pursuing equally diverse methods to study that community.

Call for Papers: 

The Roman Catholic Studies Unit invites submissions on diverse subjects in Catholic Studies. We are interested in proposals that are attentive to the ways in which history and theory relate to one another within the field of Roman Catholic Studies. Co-chairs are happy to consult with those who are developing individual papers, paper sessions, roundtable proposals, or other creative formats.

The Unit encourages proposals on the following topics for the 2019 meeting in San Diego, California:

● The Sex Abuse Crisis – What Next? -
Considers not simply critical but constructive proposals and studies on how Catholics and Catholic communities respond (or have responded) to the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church (in the U.S. and in other countries) with reflections on the opportunities but also challenges of various responses.

● Climate and Environment -
Considers how Catholic communities are (or are not) responding to climate change and other environmental conditions in the U.S. and around the world, perhaps including but also moving beyond reflections on Laudato Si’. This may also include the intersection of climate and environmental concerns with issues of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, etc.

● Reconsidering Anti-Catholicism and Catholicism’s Production of Anti-“isms” (Anti-Semitism, Anti-Blackness, etc.) -
Considers proposals that reflect upon past and present situations of anti-Catholicism, as well as the opposite role that Catholicism plays in the production of prejudice, bigotry, racism, etc., aimed at other groups or movements in the U.S. and globally.

● The Power and Politics of Catholic Archives -
Considers proposals that explore the collection and production of knowledge in Catholic archives, with attention to how Catholic archives both enable and limit that which can be studied and known about Catholicism in the U.S. and globally.

● Queer(ing) Catholicism -
Considers proposals connected to work that explores the intersection of Roman Catholic Studies with gender and queer theory/theology, as well as the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, etc.

● Co-Sponsored Panel with American West Unit and Religion, Memory and History Unit -
San Diego is a city with Spanish Catholic roots now located on two US borders: the western border with the Pacific and the southern border with Mexico. This co-sponsored panel will explore intersections among themes that are salient for this place: American Catholicism, the US-Mexico borderlands, movement across the US’s Mexican or Pacific borders, and the remembering or forgetting of the past. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: Catholicism and public memory; Catholicism’s relationships to U.S. nativism; American Catholic communities originating in Asia and the Pacific; transnational heritages that connect Catholics in the U.S. to places in the Pacific, Mexico, and Central America; and Catholic missions in the above areas.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Comments: 
In an effort to guide the selection process toward maximum diversity, chairs do review proposers' names prior to final acceptance or rejection.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee