AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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The Theology and Religious Reflection Unit is committed to fostering broad, interdisciplinary conversations in the study of religion and theology. We aim to cultivate a site of intersection and engagement for scholars working in various religious contexts who also have interests in the wider aspects of mutual interest in our field (theological, theoretical, methodological, political, ethical). Our Unit promotes constructive work that typically includes an emphasis on critical engagement as well as conceptual and social transformation.
• Legacy of Virgilio Elizonda (This will be a pre-arranged panel tri-sponsored with Latino/a Critical and Comparative Studies Unit, and Religion in Latin America and Caribbean Unit.)
• Author Meets Critics panel session on Josef Sorett's, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics (OUP): specifically seeking submissions from a variety of methodological perspectives (e.g., religion and literature, African American religious history, cultural critique, critical theory, secularism, etc.). (This panel is co-sponsored with the Black Theology Unit.)
• Sacred Time: specifically seeking submissions from a variety of religious traditions.
• The “end of work”: seeking submissions on the intersection of religion, labor, and business.
• Prophecy and Protest: seeking historical and/or comparative analyses; accounts of authorization; identifications and mis-identifications with religious traditions. (N.B.: For this panel we seek panelists willing to make papers available to the AAR community in advance of the session.)
• Religious identity and migration: refugees; sanctuary; what makes a “citizen”?
• Teaching and scholarship in a “post-truth” age: seeking genealogies of “post-truth” reality; defining standards of credibility. (N.B.: We are looking especially for submissions that are pedagogically oriented for this panel.)
• Dystopia/Crisis/Apocalypse: interpreting and responding to the aesthetic, political, economic, and ecological Zeitgeist.
• Are discourses of “the human” still useful? (N.B.: This panel will be formatted as a debate and so we are looking for submissions that take a strong stand on one side of this question. Proposals should be succinct.)