In light of the AAR theme of “Religion, Poverty and Inequality: Contemplating Our Collective Futures,” we invite proposals that discuss ways faculty have incorporated class and power analysis into religious studies courses. How do we assist students to do critical analysis of our economic and political structures and systems and how do we impassion them to envision and promote transformative social change that addresses poverty and inequality? We are especially interested in proposals that understand class as a power structure and not only as unequal income/wealth distribution, as well as proposals that foreground working-class employees and communities.
We invite proposals on teaching religion using anti-racist pedagogies. Addressing race, racism, and White privilege in religious studies and theology classes is imperative in today’s world. However, discussions and assignments related to these themes can vary drastically from one institutional context to another and may prove to be fraught for students and faculty alike. This session will feature reflections about--and possible demonstrations of--innovative and transformative ways of incorporating anti-racist pedagogies into the classroom. We are especially interested in papers that showcase how alternative approaches to teaching may challenge the boundaries between scholarship and activism, as well as how faculty meet heightened demands for transformative pedagogy fostered by students' desire to reflect on their engagement in activism and protest movements.
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.
Method of Submission:
Michael R. Fisher Jr., email@example.com
Laura Stivers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Capretto, email@example.com
Kiara Jorgenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Brandon McCormack, email@example.com
Sara Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Session Allotment: Tier 1 – Two 90-minute sessions
Next Review: 2024