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Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Unit

Call for Proposals

This Unit has consistently provided programmatic space for a wide variety of feminist theories, including feminist theology, queer theory, continental feminist theory, feminist political theory, etc., as these intersect with a broad understanding of “religious reflection”, including institutional religious settings, or intersections of religion and culture, religion and aesthetics, religion and the body, and religion and nature. FTRR also plans to invigorate feminist analyses of religious discourse within a global setting. Urgent concerns include forms of religious violence and climate crises, among others.

For the 2020 meeting, we seek proposals considering the following themes:

1) We are interested in exploring the role of emotion and affect in relation to social change, including racial justice, immigration, and climate change. How do feelings about the (im)possibilities of social change impact the ways we organize or fail to organize? How can studying religious affects and emotions help us better understand movements for social change? Relatedly, we are interested in exploring the role of emotional and affective labor in caregiving, especially the gendering and racialization of affect in emotional labor.

2) We hope to explore critical approaches to the gendering of water and fluidity and the potential use of water as a theme or analogy within feminist theory in analyzing identity, diasporic identities, religious belief, and questions of autonomy.

3) The unit is also exploring the possibility of a roundtable discussion among panelists invited by a diverse group of units to respond to the 2020 US election. Persons interested in being considered for this panel should contact the unit's co-chairs.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit has consistently provided programmatic space for a wide variety of feminist theories, including feminist theology, queer theory, continental feminist theory, feminist political theory, etc., as these intersect with a broad understanding of “religious reflection”, including institutional religious settings, or intersections of religion and culture, religion and aesthetics, religion and the body, and religion and nature. As the 21 century commences, FTRR will plan to invigorate feminist analyses of religious discourse within a global setting. Urgent concerns include forms of religious violence and climate crises, among others.

Chairs

Steering Committee Members

Method

PAPERS

Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection