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Thursday, March 06, 2008

So these are the issues:

It's always interesting to see what the state of contemporary theology is by glancing at the roster for the American Academy of Religion. These are some of the panels that will be holding forth this coming fall in Chicago. Needless to say, we need more good Catholics there. In descending order of hilarity, I give you:

Roman Catholic Studies Group

The group welcomes proposals for papers or sessions on any topic concerning theological, historical, and cultural studies of Catholicism. Session proposals may be edited. Particular interests include: urban and suburban Catholicism; parish life and parish boundaries, particularly in the Midwest and Chicago; the legacy of the following watershed events of 1968: the Medellín conference and the advent of Latin American liberation theology, the appearance of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, and the death of Thomas Merton; historical and generational periodization of Catholicism; violence and the Catholic tradition (possibly offered with North American Religions Section); Catholicism, immigration, and Mexican-American experience; Catholicism in the public sphere, particularly in reference to U.S. electoral politics; and possible sessions on sociologist Melissa Wilde’s Vatican II.

Reformed Theology and History Group

The Reformed Theology and History Group, in co-sponsorship with the Christian Spirituality Group, welcomes papers on Christian spiritual practices in the Reformed traditions, such as Scripture reading, expository preaching, pastoral prayer, public confession, Holy Communion and baptism, as well as mass social movements such as abolition and suffrage, and (in the nineteenth century) missionary societies for clergy and laity. Confessions and the Reformed Tradition: The Reformed churches have been societies born of confession. John Leith lists 17 confessions prior to 1650 alone (Creeds of the Churches), from Zwingli’s confessions, to Westminster, Belgic and Dort, to Barmen, and now, the Belhar confession. Reformed churches have sought to set forth their doctrine in public, corporate, and varying witnesses to the Word. Why has confession been so central to the Reformed tradition? What social, material, and theological forces are at work in the Reformed practice of confession? The Reformed Theology and History Group invites papers that explore this rich historical and theological phenomenon.

Queer Theory and LGBT Studies in Religion Consultation

The Queer Theory and LGBT Studies in Religion Consultation welcomes proposals for individual papers or panels on all topics related to queer theory and LGBT studies in religion, in particular those focused on bisexual and/or transgender studies and on religions other than Christianity. We are especially interested this year in proposals in the following areas: intersections of religion, sexuality, class, and capitalism; transgender/ed performance and performativity (for a possible co-sponsored session with the Ritual Studies Group); sexuality and gender in film and television, U.S. or international; "What difference does queer make?": applying queer theory to research, teaching, and conference presentation style (innovative presentation formats encouraged); and queer issues and religion in sport.

Tantric Studies Group

The Tantric Studies Group invites papers and preformed panels dealing with recent research in Tantric studies, including but not limited to the following topics: 1) Reading Tantric imagery; 2) The categories of "Yoga" and "Tantra"; 3) Tantra and magical powers: Siddhis as metaphors and actualities; (2 and 3 possibly co-sponsored with the Yoga in Theory and Practice Consultation); 4) Tantra and law: legal proscription and transgression; 5) Tantric ethics; 6) Initiation and authorization in Tantra; 7) Public fFaces of Tantra; 8) Tantra in (and as) virtual worlds; 9) Reading Tantric texts in contemporary contexts; 10) Tantra and popular science; and 11) "Real" Tantrikas: ethnography, history. The Tantric Studies Group supports the collaboration of scholars in Tantric studies across the traditional boundaries of research based on geographic regions, specific traditions, and academic disciplines.

Religion, Food, and Eating Seminar

The seminar brings together a diverse group of scholars to collaborate in our analyses of how, what, and why religious individuals and groups in the United States and Canada eat. In addition to stimulating our shared research agenda, we aim to create an anthology appropriate for a wide academic audience of scholars interested in the study of religion in America, religion and food, and the embeddedness of religion within society. The seminar focuses on creating an internally cohesive project that incorporates our diverse research topics but shares a set of common themes and questions. Scholars interested in joining the seminar are encouraged to contact the chair, Benjamin Zeller, Auditors are welcome to attend the seminar at the Annual Meeting.

Animals and Religion Consultation

Papers and panels considering: 1) Pedagogy, bringing animal studies into the religion classroom, course design, observation pedagogy; 2) Animals in Asian religious traditions; 3) Food, vegetarianism, animals as sacrifice, farming; 4) Presence and absence, relevance of experience with other animals, who has the authority to speak on behalf of or about animals; 5) Animals as divinities/divine; 6) Animals and Native traditions in the Americas (for a joint session with that program unit), particularly focused on animals as divinities; 7) Animals and eco-sustainability practices; 8) Methodological and disciplinary diversity of animals and religion studies; 9) Working with ethologists and evolutionary biologists; and 10) Animals in spirituality and theology, addressing any religious tradition.