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

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Women and Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to promote inclusivity and excellence in scholarship. We have been intentional about including participants and presenters from interdisciplinary approaches and we encourage nontraditional ways of sharing scholarly work on women in religion. In the process of making selections for Annual Meeting sessions, we work collaboratively with other program units to promote scholarly conversations across fields and methodologies. We are committed to providing an inclusive scholarly environment where new voices can be heard and critical analyses of women, gender and religion can be advanced.

Call for Papers: 

The Women and Religion Unit invites individual and panel proposals from various cultural and religious traditions that explore women’s experience in local and transnational contexts. We encourage cutting-edge approaches to religion, including new topics, methods, and theories. In 2019, we are particularly interested in, but not limited to, the following themes:

● Critical engagement with issues of women and religion related to border control, otherizing refugees, im/migrants, and asylum seekers: A successful proposal may analyze the role of religion in militarizing border/territory control, settler colonialism, understandings/critiques of sovereignty and nationalism and/or religiously motivated activism against border control, including the sanctuary movement. We invite both domestically and transnationally situated research.

● Women’s engagement with militarism: Considering the military complex in San Diego, we look for proposals that critically analyze women’s experiences of militarism (e.g., the institutionalized military, anti-war activism, and military prostitution), the intersection of religion, race, gender, class, and the U.S. military, and/or feminist approaches to the role of the military in American civil religion.

● The intersection of women, gender, and sexuality studies and racial/ethnic studies in religion: We invite proposals that critically engage the intersectionality of racialized social identities, religion/spirituality, and women, gender, sexuality. Proposals might analyze the various diasporic communities whose religious and racial/ethnic identities continue to be minoritized in the United States. We welcome proposals contextualized in Southern California or the Southwest border.

● Alternative ways of knowledge production through subversion and creativeness: We solicit proposals that study the various forms of knowledge production in religion such as embodied knowledge, art, creative work, story-telling, postcolonial feminist critique, performance, and so forth. Successful proposals may offer a critique of knowledge production in religious and theological studies (e.g., gender division in knowledge production, a class-conscious critique of knowledge production, etc.), feminist epistemology, and alternative ways to produce knowledge and resist structural oppression.

● In relation to the 2019 AAR theme, we call for paper proposals that contemplate a gender-conscious approach to creating, redefining, and expanding the public sphere of religion and politics.

● As one of the largest and oldest Units in the American Academy of Religion, the Women and Religion Unit invites interfaith and intergenerational roundtable panel proposals that re-memorialize the history of women’s scholarship in religion, critically examine the status of women in the academy, and/or envision critical scholarship in women and religion for the future.

● For a possible co-sponsored session with the Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Unit and the Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Working Group, Asian feminist/Latinx/Feminist/Womanist scholarship as activism and social activism as scholarship: We seek critical proposals that reexamine activist “praxis” in the academy, religious communities, and/or society and which encourage dialogue between communities. We encourage proposals that engage local, national, and transnational contexts as well as how professional status, such as contingent faculty, impacts approaches to activism.

● For a possible co-sponsored session with the Ritual Studies Unit, we solicit paper proposals that critically and innovatively engage reproductive rituals such as rituals around birth, miscarriage, abortion, menstruation, and fertility.These ritual studies may analyze the social, cultural, and political implications of the practices, the healing of individuals and communities, and/or women's leadership and activism.

● For a possible co-sponsored session including multiple Units and in solidarity with the Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Working Group, we solicit papers on religion and reproductive labor, care work, and/or affective/emotional labor (in the broadest senses of each of these). One way to conceptualize these generically is as physical and/or interactive labor, whether paid or unpaid, that keeps bodies and communities alive from one day, and one generation, to the next. Proposals could address, for example, a particular religious practice interpreted as a form of this kind of labor (or vice-versa), religious meanings of this kind of labor, the role of family, kinship, and community in structuring working relationships, or other relevant topics. We are particularly interested in how white supremacy, patriarchy, heteronormativity, disability oppression, and other apparatuses of inequality impose disparate burdens on intersectionally targeted bodies — e.g., women of color, lesbian-feminists, immigrants, continent faculty members, people with disabilities — who are involved with this kind of labor. The session will be co-sponsored by these Units: Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Working Group; Women and Religion; Queer Studies in Religion; Religion, Affect, and Emotion; Religion and Sexuality; Religion and Disability Studies; Lesbian Feminisms and Religion; Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection; and Class, Religion, and Theology.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee