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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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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 papers and panel proposals from a variety of religious and cultural traditions exploring women’s experiences in local and transnational contexts. We encourage the use of alternate and accessible presentation formats.

We are particularly interested in proposals related to one of the following themes:

In keeping with the 2018 AAR presidential theme, we invite proposals engaging women, religion, and public/political theologies; the possibilities and perils of being a female public intellectual; and/or activist scholarship and the politics of recognition

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1993 ecumenical "Reimagining" Conference held in Minneapolis, MN. We invite proposals revisiting Reimagining as well as broader ecumenical and global conferences and conversations around women and religion, such as the United Nations Decade for Women and its goals, the World Conferences on Women, the 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, International Women’s Day and the Parliament of the World's Religions, critiques of Western feminism, interreligious and interfaith dialogue and activism from feminist perspectives, etc.

In keeping with the AAR's 2018 meeting location in Denver, CO, we invite proposals engaging the following Colorado themes: sanctuary churches and immigration rights, particularly as they impact women and children; human trafficking; women, militarization, and/or military chaplaincy; women, gender, and the category of the religious "nones"; women, religion, and “conscious capitalism”; women, gender, and the wellness industry, including critical perspectives on "women's spirituality" and appropriation of religious traditions

Women, religion, and environmentalism: “green state” policies and politics, eco-theology, and ecological ethics

Women and clergy formation, or women and/as religious leaders

For a possible co-sponsored session on Gender, Religion, and Violence with the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Unit, Men, Masculinities and Religion Unit, and Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence Unit: we seek papers that address topics such as genocidal violence and the construction of masculinities, rape and sexual violence as tools in conflicts and genocide, religiously inflected and symbolic sexual violence, and the targeting and persecution of gender and sexual minorities.

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