AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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 Units and Seminars 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.
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 presentation formats.
We are particularly interested in proposals related to one of the following themes:
• gender violence; and/or the intersection of gender, racial and/or other forms of violence in the context of Black Lives Matter and other movements
• In keeping with the 2017 AAR Presidential Theme on “Religion and the Most Vulnerable,” revisiting feminist/womanist theological approaches to anger (particularly the work of Bev Harrison and Audre Lorde)
• Alternative understandings of women’s religious leadership (transnational, transcultural, etc)
Religion and women’s activism in and around Boston, MA
• Women/gender, religion, and transnationalism
• The work of Nancy Fraser on feminism, capitalism, and dissent
• Revisiting the 1993 “Reimagining” conference in light of its upcoming 25th anniversary in 2018
• For a possible cosponsored session with the Mysticism Unit: we are interested in papers on the broad topic of "Mysticism and the Feminine." Such papers could include analyses of the regulation and resistance of female and female-identified mystics, the feminization of certain mystical states, the category of the symbolic feminine in mystical approaches, female divinity, and/or mysticism and the "monstrous feminine."
• For a possible cosponsored session with the Religion and Europe Unit: comparative approaches to Muslim headscarves in different European countries or between Europe and North America, including--but not limited to--how these approaches raise questions about policing women's bodies and attire by religion and the secular state.