PAPERS Resources

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

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Program Book (PDF)

Preliminary Program Book (MS Word)

Floorplans of Annual Meeting Facilities (PDF)

Exhibit Hall Listing and Map (PDF)

Program Book Ads (PDF)

Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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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 critically 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 border walls: (a) the writing of sacred texts on walls via inscriptions, graffiti art, etc., and its religious-ethical import; (b) sacred texts dealing with physical-structural boundaries; (c) the rhetorical usage of sacred texts in public debates about border walls; and (d) the ethics of raising walls within various religious traditions and their sacred texts

● Sacred texts and masculinity/male readership

● 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

● The relationship between different textual genres (narrative, legal, poetry, letters, etc.) and religious ethics

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