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Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy Unit

Call for Proposals

Co-sponsored Paper Session with Religion and Cities Unit
We invite proposals that examine the intersections between the study of religion and cities. For a co-sponsored session with the Religion and Cities Unit, we seek papers that focus on teaching religion with a focus and connection to local cities and urban life. How does the study of religion in particular cities challenge and expand traditional academic epistemologies, methods, and boundaries? In what ways do our pedagogical approaches and strategies engage local communities, urban contexts, and the issues that religious communities encounter or address in cities (e.g. gentrification, violence, homelessness/housing crisis, immigration)? How do we design courses that encourage the intersection of theory and practice in the study of religion and cities? What are our goals and aims for scholarship and pedagogies that examine religion and cities?

Co-sponsored Panel with Religious Education Association
This collaborative session with the Religious Education Association explores creative pedagogical approaches that instructors of religion use to teach about gender and sexuality, especially in relation to the sensitive subject of trauma from gendered and sexual violence. The panelists, who are seasoned teachers of religion, gender, and sexuality, will share ways that they have created space for both academic learning and healing, helping students to understand the institutional aspects of gender and sexual oppression and violence while also being attentive to the life experiences of students within their classrooms.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit seeks to provide a forum for exploring transformative scholarship and pedagogy across religious traditions and scholarly disciplines, challenging the traditional boundaries between scholarship and activism while experimenting with alternative approaches to teaching and the production of knowledge.


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