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Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit

Call for Proposals

For the 2022 General Meeting of the AAR the Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit invites individual paper proposals, panel proposals, and roundtables on any of the following topics (if you would like to submit proposals for topics not on this list we will consider all proposals): 1) Apocalyptics: such apocalyptic thinking and temporality, how the apocalyptic dimensions of the pandemic shaped our experience of time, apocalypse as event, apocalypse and afropessimism, afrofuturism, queer utopianism, and/or queer negativity; 2) re-engaging the work of Grace Jantzen, particularly her work on death, destruction, and beauty; 3) papers marking the 25th anniversary of Stefania Pandolfo’s Impasse of the Angels and Kathy Ewing’s Arguing Sainthood with a special emphasis on their engagement with Islam, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, and poetics; 4) Psychoanalysis: theory as dissociation, theory as therapeutics, libidinal economies and the unconscious, returns to psychoanalysis in various forms of theory; 5) Continental Thought Beyond the Continent: papers that engage with the postcolonial and decolonial use and mutations of European theoretical tools and models; potential topics could include genealogies of Continental philosophy and theology's connections to colonialism and enslavement, Caribbean philosophy of religion, Continental philosophy and Islam; 6) papers on contemporary Italian philosophy and religion or political theology.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit seeks to further discussions at the intersection of post-Kantian philosophy in its various permutations with historical and contemporary theological reflection. While we remain centered on continental European thought (even beyond the borders of the continent) on the philosophical side, the term “theology” in our parlance extends to critical reflection on a range of religions worldwide, and we are particularly interested to expand our offerings in Judaism, Islam, and marginalized traditions (such as witchcraft) in coming years. Contact the Program Unit Chairs if you seek further information on the Unit’s activities.

Chairs

Steering Committee Members

Method

PAPERS

Review Process

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

Review Process Comments

Allowing chairs to see identities prior to acceptance can help avoid all-male panels and other similar problems; we believe this should be the default option for all groups.