The unit promotes scholarship – from specialists and non-specialists alike – that critically engage the thought and influence of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834). We encourage constructive, historical, and textual analyses that open new lines of inquiry into Schleiermacher’s oeuvre and contribution to contemporary discussions in theology, religious studies, philosophy, ethics, and hermeneutics.
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Call for Proposals
(1) Book Panel: Schleiermacher’s Plato
The Schleiermacher Unit will be sponsoring a book panel on the forthcoming volume Schleiermacher’s Plato (De Gruyter, 2021) by Julia Lamm. This volume considers Friedrich Schleiermacher’s historic translation and interpretation of Plato’s dialogues, exploring both the impact of Plato’s thought in shaping Schleiermacher’s theology and the longstanding influence of Schleiermacher’s translation upon modern interpretations of Plato. Panelists will be invited.
(2) Affect, Embodiment, and Theological Understanding
What is the role of affect, feeling, and embodiment in the generation of theological symbols and doctrines? How do religious affects reflect broader economic, political, and social dynamics? Schleiermacher’s theology offers intriguing points of connections with recent work in affect theory, with his well-known emphases on feeling and intuition and his description of doctrines as religious affections set forth in speech. For this session, we invite proposals for individual papers and pre-arranged panels that explore the interplay between theology and affect theory, and which consider the role of embodied experience, feeling, desire, religious stirrings, and everyday affective relations in shaping theological inquiry and understanding. We are particularly interested in proposals that consider perspectives that unsettle modern theological emphases on individual subjectivity and inwardness and which highlight the social, cultural, and interpersonal dimension of religious affects.
(3) Reconsidering Christ, Sin, and Atonement (Co-sponsored with Liberation Theologies Unit)
Schleiermacher’s theology turns on the central relation to Christ as redeemer, yet he also maintains that understandings of Christ and atonement must continue to develop in light of new questions and challenges. Together with the 2021 AAR Annual Meeting theme of religion, poverty, and inequality, we invite proposals that consider fresh approaches to christology, atonement theory, and sin and redemption. We especially welcome perspectives that attend to pressing challenges of systemic poverty, racial and gender inequality, and classism. For example, proposals might:
• examine social, structural, and cultural dimensions of sin
• develop liberationist theological perspectives on sin and redemption
• consider the critical interplay of race, christology, and Christian identity
• consider postcolonial theological reflections on christology and supersessionism
• constructively and/or critically engage Schleiermacher’s work on Christ, sin, and redemption
The Schleiermacher Unit is committed to diversity and inclusivity. Pre-arranged sessions or panel proposals should reflect diversity of gender and/or race and ethnicity. Diversities of rank, method, and sub-discipline are also highly encouraged.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Christian Danz, Universität Wien1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Calli Micale, Yale University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Zachary Purvis, University of Gottingen1/1/2016 - 12/31/2021
Matthew Robinson, University of Bonn1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023