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Secularism and Secularity Unit

Call for Proposals

Everyone is welcome to submit a paper to our unit, regardless of current AAR membership status. If you are unable to submit your paper using the PAPERS platform, please email it as an attachment to the program unit chairs, and we will circulate it for consideration to our steering committee. If you are able to submit your paper through PAPERS, please go ahead and do so. All proposals will be given equal weight. On the hardships imposed by the new AAR rule that makes membership dues a condition of paper submission, see this association-wide petition.     This year, we especially invite submissions that address the following themes:

Statement of Purpose

The Secularism and Secularity Unit explores a broad a set of questions associated with the secular, including its complex entanglements with religion and spirituality. This inquiry entails the study of political secularism and its role in the construction of religion, as well as the study of secular people, who can be described with a variety of labels including atheist, agnostic, humanist, and freethinker. It also includes an ongoing reappraisal of the historical transformations named by “secularization,” which signal the emergence of the modern and presuppose a break from the premodern. The group fosters new directions in secular studies by encouraging theoretically informed research that makes empirical contributions and engages with the subfield’s rapidly growing interdisciplinary literature.

Chairs

Steering Committee Members

Method

PAPERS
E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)

Review Process

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

Review Process Comments

If you are able to do so, please go ahead and submit your proposal using PAPERS. If you are not a member, please email it as an attachment to the program unit chairs, and we will circulate it for consideration to our steering committee. All proposals will be weighed equally.