AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
The Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy 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. We seek to explore, cultivate, and celebrate strategies for integrating teaching, activism, and research across religious traditions and scholarly disciplines. This includes learning and research in conversation with activist communities, thus allowing our understanding of religious traditions, culture, and knowledge itself to be challenged and shaped by such engagement.
For the 2017 AAR meeting, we invite proposals for two sessions:
• In partnership with the Practical Theology unit, which engages practical theology and religious practice, reflects critically on religious traditions and practices, and explores issues in particular subdisciplines of practical theology and ministry, we would like to explore President Eddie Glaude's 2017 presidential theme, “Religion and the Most Vulnerable,” by taking up the topic of theological education broadly understood among or with the most vulnerable, on the margins, in the streets, prisons, or other spaces of marginality. To this end, this co-sponsored session invites proposals for individual presentations on the following topics: experiential or transformative pedagogies or theological education among or with the most vulnerable, outside of the classroom and in spaces of marginality, among first generation students, and/or generated within/among/by communities and scholars in 2/3rds world. Alternative approaches to the production of knowledge arising out of spaces of marginality that challenge boundaries among scholarship, service, and activism are welcome! Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario of St. Vincent's School of Theology in Quezon City, Philippines will be a respondent to this session.
• For a co-sponsored session with the Religion, Holocaust and Genocide unit, a panel titled, "Teaching Holocaust and Genocide in This Time," to address issues of pedagogy and current world politics.