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Religion in Europe Unit

Call for Proposals

• For a possible co-sponsorship with the North American Religions unit, we seek proposals that consider the connection between religion and race, racialization, and/or racism, especially comparing these concepts between Europe and North America. Topics could include, but are not limited to: the religious roots of racial bloodlines, the historical development of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism or the Othering of ethno-religious minorities, or shifting boundaries of politically/socially defined whiteness.

• Religious and/or spiritual responses to environmental challenges/concerns in Europe including, but not limited to: religio-political responses to the climate emergency declared by the European Parliament; changing patterns of responses/analyses from within the religious studies academy; the intersection of indigenous religious communities’ responses with regards to the environment and land protection/rights.

• The role of the interpretation of scripture and the construction of historical narratives of religion in Europe related to, but not limited to, the following: questions of shifting gender dynamics; feminist or LGBTQ+ reinterpretations of scriptures and/or historical narratives; the (mis)use or abuse of political power; (re)articulations of collective identities; the reconceptualization of the idea of empire, nation, and/or Europe as a supranational entity.

• For a panel on ‘integrating the secular into the religious’ in response to the 2020 Presidential Theme of "The AAR as a Scholarly Guild," we seek papers that may: reflect on comparative debates on the relationship between ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’ between Europe and North America; analyse attempts to integrate secular discourses within the religious fields in Europe - e.g. with regards to human rights, healing, or nature discourses; theorize the evolution of the dialectic relationship between ‘the secular’ and ‘the religious’ over time within the AAR academy; or offer a methodological reflection of the tension between ‘secular’ and ‘confessional’ approaches to the study of religion.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit is designed to serve as a forum for the examination of religious issues related to the social, cultural, and political development of both Eastern and Western Europe. Its guiding principles include a commitment to scholarly dialogue across disciplines, a comparative spirit sensitive to Europe’s religious diversity, and a transhistorical appreciation of the full trajectory of the European experience.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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

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