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Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Unit

Call for Proposals

For the 2022 AAR Annual Meeting, we invite papers or complete panels on:

Moral injury and intersectionality
As the whole world reckons with pandemic and climate change, both of which disproportionately affect various regions, peoples, etc; how might these intersectionalities of oppression deepen/complexify the concept of moral injury. How also might the concept of moral injury help us identify the complex histories of colonialism/imperialism/capitalism/militarism that gave rise to climate change and other catastrophes?

Moral injury and international responses to catastrophe
We invite papers exploring how international responses to catastrophe in the midst of epistemic and structural injustices contribute to various forms of moral injury. For instance:
- Unequal distribution of vaccine
- Different healthcare systems (e.g, private vs. public)
- Resistance of biggest contributors of climate change to adopting corrective policy/practices
- Disproportionate media responses

Contributions are always welcome engaging:
- Diverse religious, cultural, and social systems and their sacred texts
- Neuroscientific approaches to ritual, moral formation, and the moral emotions
- Proposed methods for recovery, such as ritual, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, arts, community life, narrative, and interreligious cooperation
- The roles of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class, race, and other forms of oppression in relation to personal agency and theories of ethics.

Statement of Purpose

The Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Unit engages interdisciplinary study on moral injury, an emerging concept which attempts to engage the impact of making difficult moral choices under extreme conditions, experiencing morally anguishing events or duties, witnessing immoral acts, or behaving in ways that profoundly challenge moral conscience and identity and the values that support them.

In examining how understandings of recovery from moral injury might illuminate post-conflict situations in many areas of the world, this unit will interrogate how educating a wider public about moral injury might challenge the role of religion in supporting war and the militarization of international and intra-national conflicts, the effects of war on combatants in post-conflict societies, and more effective means for social support in recovery from moral injury.

Contributions are welcome engaging:

• Diverse religious, cultural, and social systems and their sacred texts
• Neuroscientific approaches to ritual, moral formation, and the moral emotions
• Proposed methods for recovery, such as ritual, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, arts, community life, narrative, and interreligious cooperation
• The roles of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class, race, and other forms of oppression in relation to personal agency and theories of ethics.

Chairs

Steering Committee Members

Method

PAPERS

Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members