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

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Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to provide a forum for exploring transformative scholarship and pedagogy across religious traditions and scholarly disciplines, challenging the traditional boundaries between scholarship and activism while experimenting with alternative approaches to teaching and the production of knowledge.

Call for Papers: 

The Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy Unit seeks to provide a forum for exploring transformative scholarship and pedagogy across religious traditions, scholarly disciplines, and institutional types, challenging the traditional boundaries between scholarship and activism while experimenting with alternative approaches to teaching and the production of knowledge. This includes learning and research in conversation with activist communities, non-academic partners, and others who might challenge and expand traditional academic epistemologies, methods, and boundaries. For the 2019 AAR meeting, we invite proposals for two sessions:

● In light of the Annual Meeting’s location in San Diego and the recent changes in immigration policy that serve to limit the entry of immigrants into the United States, we invite proposals that discuss a transformative response, either in one’s pedagogy and/or scholarship in Religion. What models and best practices of community-engaged learning exist that engage students in thinking through the politics of immigration? What is the role of faith-based organizations and community groups in the development of religious scholarship and pedagogy on this issue? How do we engage students in deeper learning in relation to immigration issues?

● In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Paulo Freire’s groundbreaking book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, we invite proposals that reflect on the importance of his work to transformative scholarship and pedagogy and the field of Religious Studies. How has Freire's approach to education and organizing helped transform oppressive structures, create a more equitable world, and/or influenced pedagogical practices today? What still needs to change? What does it mean to embrace teaching as a practice of freedom? How has Freire’s work shaped scholar-activism and contemporary projects of liberation? This session is co-sponsored with the Ethics and Liberation Theologies Units.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee