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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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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 questions:

• Religion and Science Fiction, Sacred Texts and Ethics, and Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion invite paper (and panel) proposals at the nexus of sacred texts, science fiction and comic books, and hip hop culture. We invite proposals from a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches, and proposals that deal with each of these themes in various degrees. The inclusion of sacred texts may be manifest in a variety of ways, explicit and implicit.

• Populist sentiment in religious texts, or the use of religious sources for populist ends

• Hermeneutics and Reformation (in any religious tradition). This theme marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, but extends to reformist movements in any religious community.

• Texts and the modern nation-state

• 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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