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

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Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies

Statement of Purpose: 

SARTS is a community of scholars and artists who seek to understand the deepest levels of relationship between works of art and religious sensibility. Our focus is concrete aesthetic encounter with the arts and their religious, ethical and theological interpretation. While originating in the Christian traditions of theological reflection, we seek constructive conversation and critical inquiry that will make sense of a world of increasing cross-influences, both in art and among religious traditions. Through scholarly exchange we explore how art shapes human ways of being in the world. At the same time we explore how the study of art at the intersection of religious and theological traditions leads to artistic vision and to aesthetic modes of perception, practice, and thought. The Society is committed to the implications of these discussions for the teaching of theological and religious approaches to art, and for the nurturing of both recognized and emerging artists and scholars whose work will shape the future of theological and religious understandings of human existence. For more information, see https://www.societyarts.org/.

Call for Papers: 

The Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, a community of inquiry devoted to the development of the arts in religion and society, seeks papers by scholars and artists (visual, film, dance, literature, poetry and prose) that will investigate, illuminate, and/or interrogate whether and how religious or theologically inspired artistic expression contributes to movements of resistance and the work of decolonization. Themes for exploration could include but are not limited to race, gender, religious and cultural imperialism, and anthropomorphism.

Questions to consider:
 Are artists using religious themes or symbols to participate in movements of resistance and decolonization today and to what texts and imagery are they most drawn?
 How is critical theory, whether in relation to race, class, gender, sexuality, or their intersections, informing visual expression as artists approach their work?
 What aesthetic and theological theories, hermeneutics, or frameworks inform reception of visual exegesis regarding decolonization, religion, and the arts?
 How do visual images function as acts of resistance or "interruption" during times of social protest? How do they perform as "dangerous memories"?

Method: 
Other
Other: 
Please use the online submission form available at https://www.societyarts.org/2019-cfp.html.
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs and steering committee members at all times
Leadership: 
Chair