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Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit

Call for Proposals

This year, the committee seeks proposals relating to the following topics:

• Papers that explore the uses and abuses of theology in continental philosophy, including papers that trouble the concept of theology, examine genealogies of the relationship between political theology and continental philosophy, and/or examine what theology might mean in various discourses and frameworks.

• Papers that reflect on the question of whether continental thought can be decolonial from outside the Christian West, including (but not limited to) Asian, Islamic, and African studies.

• Papers that engage with the Marxist concept of real abstraction, especially as developed by Alfred Sohn-Rethel, and its relation to philosophy and theology (potentially engaging figures such as Brenna Bhandar, Alberto Toscano, and Sara-Maria Sorentino).

• Papers that tackle what might be called "classical" problems in the philosophy of religion, such as theodicy, from a Continental perspective but perhaps also exploring more speculative topics such as angelology and demonology.

• Papers that explore theological and/or religious topics in new, under-discussed, or untranslated figures such as François Laruelle, Emmanuel Falque, Simona Forti, Adriana Cavarero, Françoise Dastur, Anne Dufourmantelle, Maria Zambrano, philosophers of science such as Isabelle Stengers and Vincianne Despret, or the Marxist feminist Silvia Federici.

• Papers or panels that think constructively or textually about Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, entering its 40th anniversary in 2020. We at least plan that one session will be a pre-arranged panel on DandG’s book and its themes. This session will be co-sponsored by the Reading, Theory and the Bible Unit of SBL and potentially the Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit of AAR.

As always, we also welcome proposals in any area relevant to the intersection of continental thought and theology, broadly construed.

This committee does an initial anonymous review of all panels. However, in accordance with the AAR's broader mission to foster diversity and inclusion, we view the identities of all proposed panelists after the initial review, to ensure diverse representation. We will not accept any panel that does not include a woman in a substantive role (i.e., as a presenter or responder, not merely a presider), and we reserve the right to reject proposals that lack diversity in other areas.

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 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.


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

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.