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

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Status of Women in the Profession Committee
Theme: Business Meeting
Monique Moultrie, Georgia State University, Presiding
Friday - 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Convention Center-710 (Street Level)

SWP Business Meeting

Neomi De Anda, University of Dayton
Nami Kim, Spelman College
Jerusha Rhodes, Union Theological Seminary
Cassie Trentaz, Warner Pacific College
Melissa M. Wilcox, University of California, Riverside
  • Especially for Students
  • Professional Practices and Institutional Location
Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty, Applied Religious Studies, Graduate Student, and Status of LGBTIQ Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Women in the Profession Committees
Theme: MeToo: Discrimination, Harassment, and Abuse in the Academy
Peter Anthony Mena, University of San Diego, Presiding
Kerry Danner, Georgetown University, Presiding
Saturday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Convention Center-Four Seasons 1 (Lower Level)

This panel will take a close look at the resources and lack thereof available to those who experience discrimination, harassment or abuse in the academy. While most campuses have offices to report incidents, many faculty, particularly women of color, LGBTQ+, contingent, and those with disabilities, still many face obstacles. Discrimination also often happens on a continuum making it more difficult for persons to discern who to tell what and anticipate if others will back them up if they go forward. Special emphasis will be given to best practices.

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, Emory University
Valerie Bridgeman, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Carolyn Davis, Washington, DC
Kelly J. Baker, Tallahassee, FL
Laurie Louise Patton, Middlebury College
  • Books under Discussion
Religion and Disability Studies Unit
Theme: Authors and Conversation Partners: Monica A. Coleman's Bipolar Faith (Fortress Press, 2016) and Michelle M. Lelwica's Shameful Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2017)
Jesse Perillo, DePaul University, Presiding
Saturday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Convention Center-210/212 (Street Level)

Monica Coleman and Michelle Lelwica have gifted the academy with their most recent publications. In this session Coleman and Lelwica offer their intentions and hopes for their refreshing, honest, and critical texts as they engage one another on the intersections of their insights and work to expose ableist hegemony. In addition to our authors' presentations, three interlocutors offer their critique, appreciation, and directions they recognize their own work takes as they engage Bipolar Faith and Shameful Bodies. The session includes ample opportunity for opening the conversation to all in attendance.

Heike Peckruhn, Daemen College
Crip Salvation: Theologies beyond Desirability

This paper begins with a non-traditional appreciative performance dialogue between Michelle Lelwica's analysis of bodily improvement cults in Shameful Bodies and Monica Coleman's memoir Bipolar Faith and concludes with constructive theological collaboration utilizing both works. Lelwica analyzes the cult of bodily improvement which posits the body as pivot point for salvation, coding what is ill, disabled, fat, and old as shameful and thereby morally inadequate. Coleman gifts us with her autobiographical narrative knitting together theological insights by relating emotion-ableism, racism, sexual violence, religion, and stigma to cultural and historical realities. Read together, they augment a conversation on the effects of shame as/and trauma on our being human as body-mind-emotion creatures. Theologically, they provide a way out of religio-cultural trappings in what is presented as desirable and hand us resources for pluralistic constructions of crip-tic salvation.

Janice Thompson, King's College
Multivalent Narratives: Bipolar Faith, Shameful Bodies, and My Story as a Theologian, Mother, and Disabled Person

How do we tell stories of suffering and faith? Monica A. Coleman, in Bipolar Faith, and Michelle Mary Lelwica, in Shameful Bodies, offer powerful discussions of the complex intersections between religious faith and disability. As a theologian focused on suffering, I will use my research and my experience as a person with a disability to reflect on these books. My goal is to explore how narrative--telling our stories--offers some freedom from the restrictive language of cause and effect, and more freedom to explore the ways in which we experience ourselves as connected to something of the mystery we call God.

Monica A. Coleman, Claremont School of Theology
Michelle M. Lelwica, Concordia College, Moorhead
Judith Plaskow, New York, NY
Status of Women in the Profession Committee
Theme: Risk, Rage, and Social Change
Cassie Trentaz, Warner Pacific College, Presiding
Sunday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Convention Center-603 (Street Level)

Given the 2018 AAR theme “Religious Studies in Public: The Civic Responsibilities, Opportunities, and Risks Facing Scholars of Religion” the Status of Women in the Profession’s Special Topics Forum will address the complexities of risk experienced by women scholars, both in the academy and in public intellectual work. Building on our 2017 Special Topics Forum, the panel will also explore the uses and risks of rage as a complex strategy of resistance in activism, teaching, and scholarship.

Rebecca Alpert, Temple University
Monica A. Coleman, Claremont School of Theology
Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina
Andrea Smith, University of California, Riverside
  • Especially for Students
  • Professional Practices and Institutional Location
  • Receptions/Breakfasts/Luncheons
Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee and Status of Women in the Profession Committee
Theme: Women's Mentoring Lunch
Nargis Virani, Graduate Theological Union, Presiding
Monique Moultrie, Georgia State University, Presiding
Sunday - 11:45 AM-12:45 PM
Convention Center-205 (Street Level)

Women who are graduate students and new scholars are invited to a luncheon with over thirty womanist, feminist, and LGBTIQ mid-career and senior scholars. Women will have the opportunity to mentor and be mentored in a context where every question is valued. Registration for the lunch costs $13 per person and is limited to 100 people.

To register for this luncheon, choose "Women's Mentoring Luncheon" in the “Options” section when registering for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting, you may contact to reserve your lunch.

Mary Churchill, Sonoma State University
Aysha Hidayatullah, University of San Francisco
Boyung Lee, Iliff School of Theology
Kimberly Majeski, Anderson University
Joyce Ann Mercer, Yale University
Leah Payne, George Fox University
Carolyn Roncolato, Interfaith Youth Core
Laurel C. Schneider, Vanderbilt University
Rita Sherma, Graduate Theological Union
Unregistered Participant
Unregistered Participant
Valerie Tribble, American Baptist Seminary of the West
Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Persons in the Profession Committee
Theme: Critical Theological Reflections on Gender, Sexuality, and Lived Religious Experience
Kathleen T. Talvacchia, Union Theological Seminary, Presiding
Sunday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Convention Center-Mile High 1D (Lower Level)

What is the distinctive contribution of critical theological reflection on lived religious experiences of gender and sexuality in religious communities and traditions? This session investigates the role of critically-based theological and scriptural methods of inquiry to understand issues of gender and sexuality in the intersectional realities of lived experiences and practices in religious communities and traditions. In a Roundtable format, participants will reflect critically on the following questions: What are the ways in which theological and scriptural research methods have contributed to a critical understanding of gender and sexuality in the lived religious experiences of religious communities and traditions? What important issues need further research and analysis that are not currently being adequately addressed and would benefit from a more public discussion? In addition, Roundtable participants will discuss their current research addressing these questions.

Julia Watts Belser, Georgetown University
Teresa Delgado, Iona College
Cameron Partridge, St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
JuneHee Yoon, Drew University
Thelathia Young, Bucknell University