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

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Schleiermacher Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This unit promotes scholarship--from specialists and non-specialists alike--that critically engages the work of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834). We encourage historical, textual, and constructive analyses that open new lines of inquiry into Schleiermacher’s oeuvre and contribute to contemporary discussions in theology, religious studies, philosophy, ethics, and hermeneutics.

Call for Papers: 

We have three sessions this year:

  1. For a 90-minute session, the Schleiermacher Unit issues an open call for proposals that engage Schleiermacher’s thought historically, analytically, comparatively, or constructively. Any topic is welcome. We intend to showcase two exceptional papers that [1] represent cutting edge scholarship on Schleiermacher’s work, and [2] support substantive, critical dialogue between attendees.

  2. For a 90-minute session, the Schleiermacher Unit invites proposals for papers that explore the value of Schleiermacher’s thinking for discussions about “lived religion” or “lived theology”. We encourage papers that draw from Schleiermacher’s Dialectic, Aesthetics, Christian Ethics, sermons, or On Religion, but we will equally consider proposals that engage other texts in his oeuvre that are significant for exploring lived religious practices, community formation, intersubjectivity, and ritual. We especially welcome proposals that consider the role of affect, sub-culture, social organization, or a particular form of religious expression, within lived religion.

  3. For a 90-minute session, the Liberal Theologies Unit and the Schleiermacher Unit invite paper proposals that attend to the interplay between trust, power, and/or dialogue, and that invites new reflection, both historical and constructive, in post-truth times. Possible topics can include: communal dialogical practices promoting trusting truthful relations; cultivation of the affective and virtues promoting community; analyses of power and dialogical theories; pedagogies cultivating communal practice; gender and race; and theories of truth. We especially welcome papers that engage the thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher and the theologians situated broadly in relation to liberal theologies while making an argument that attends to the current political, cultural, and/or religious situations we face. Schleiermacher’s Letters, Sermons, Hermeneutics, and/or Staatslehre may prove especially productive for this constellation of topics, though we welcome engagement with any part of his work and/or theologians building on his legacy.

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