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

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Sacred Texts and Ethics Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The Sacred Texts and Ethics Unit invites scholars and activists across the disciplines to consider (or re-consider) the complex and enduring role of scriptural and foundational religious texts in the contemporary world as well as historically, and to theorize the roles these texts play in ethical reflection, lived religious practice, and political debate.

Call for Papers: 

The Sacred Texts and Ethics Unit invites proposals from scholars and/or activists that closely analyze the use of sacred and foundational religious texts, including commentaries, in ethical or political discourse (either contemporary or historical). We welcome individual papers and panel proposals from all religious traditions and methodologies, including constructive ethical reflection with a textual basis. Proposals on all topics are welcome. We are particularly interested in the following topics:

• Sacred texts and material culture, particularly the ethical and political uses of sacred texts as material objects
• Uses of sacred texts in interreligious contexts or considerations of sacred texts shared or contested by two or more traditions
• Uses and abuses of sacred texts in contemporary political discourse
• Hagiographical writings as sacred texts
• Sacred texts between Religious Studies and Theology, particularly as sources for ethical or political reflection
• The relationship between different textual genres (narrative, legal, poetry, letters, etc.) and religious ethics

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