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

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

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Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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Scriptural Reasoning Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

“Scriptural reasoning” is a practice of interreligious scriptural study with a twenty year history and a number of associated institutions, doctoral programs, and journals. This Unit provides one “home,” within the AAR itself, for sustained study of the Abrahamic scriptural traditions, for exploring postmodern approaches to the study of scriptural religions, for interreligious and intercultural fellowship as an essential aspect of study, and as an experimental workshop in the practices of collaborative, dialogic, and interdisciplinary study.

Call for Papers: 

This Unit gathers Jewish, Christian, and Muslim thinkers for the study of scriptural texts related to themes of contemporary import. Papers should examine brief scriptural passages—drawing on both textual scholarship and reception history—and suggest how they address contemporary readers’ concerns. Participants will be asked to circulate drafts in advance and revise their papers in conversation with each other. At least one session will include text study in small groups.

We invite paper or panel proposals in the following areas:
• Reading and interpreting Scripture during times of upheaval

• The 2017 AAR annual meeting theme of Religion and the Most Vulnerable. This could include engagements with vulnerability and vulnerable persons in and through Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural texts

• Affect and emotion in Scriptural Reasoning

• Hermeneutics

• Scriptural Reasoning methodology

• The nature of Scripture

We welcome proposals on other topics as well and encourage complete panel proposals. For guidance on the sorts of topics and proposals that have worked well in the past, see the sessions from previous years here:

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