Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group: Call for Papers, 2017 AAR/SBL

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Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group:

Deadline March 1, 2017

Call for Papers For 2017 AAR/SBL Annual Meetings in Boston

2017 is the anniversary of several key works in critical theory. The Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group invites proposals on the following works. In each case we expect papers that critically explore the boundaries of a work’s disciplinary significance and current utility:

  • Max Weber’s “Science as a Vocation” (100th anniversary). For possible co-sponsorship with the Secularism & Secularity Group.
  • Deleuze & Guattari’s Capitalism & Schizophrenia (40th and 30th anniversaries of English translations). For possible co-sponsorship with the Religion & Economy Group.
  • Horkheimer & Adorno’s Dialectics of Enlightenment (70th anniversary). For possible co-sponsorship with the Religion & Economy Group.

CTDR additionally invites proposals on the following topics:

  • Affect theory and other critical theories of bodies and emotions: a comparative harangue. What is the relationship between affect/emotion, culture, and religion? How does affect theory compare to other approaches to the body in the humanities? How does an attention to specific affects—like rage, passion, or love—shape our analysis of religion and other social formations? For possible co-sponsorship with the Religion, Affect, & Emotion Group.
  • Media conjurations of race, gender, and class during the 2016 presidential election: classifications, naturalizations, and theorizations from alt right rhetoric to the New York Times and beyond.

Method of submission: PAPERS: http://papers.aarweb.org/

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

Leadership:

Co-Chair                David Walker, dwalker@religion.ucsb.edu

Co-Chair                Sean McCloud, spmcclou@uncc.edu

About this Group:

The CTDR group offers an interdisciplinary and international forum for analytical scholars of religion to engage the intersection of critical theory and methodology with a focus on concrete ethnographic and historical case studies. Critical theory draws on methods employed in the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, literary criticism, and political theory in order to bring into scrutiny all kinds of discourses on religion, spanning from academic to nonacademic and from religious to nonreligious.

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