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.
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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
Steering Committee Members
Karsten Lehmann,Member Since: 2019
John McCormack, Aurora UniversityMember Since: 2020
Ines A. Murzaku, Seton Hall UniversityMember Since: 2019
Jonathan Teubner, Australian Catholic UniversityMember Since: 2019
Kocku von Stuckrad, University of GroningenMember Since: 2018
Katarzyna Zielińska, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian UniversityMember Since: 2019