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While all submissions are welcomed, we are particularly interested in proposals that respond to the following topics.

• Cross-racial Solidarity for Antiracist Work: Covid-19 is a moment of reckoning with the interconnectivity of all forms of racism with the resurge of centuries-long anti-Asian racism and militarized anti-Black racism. We invite papers that analyze the interconnection of various forms of racism in the U.S. through the lens of gender and sexuality and engage cross-racial solidarity for antiracist work among women of color. What role does religion play in racism and/or antiracist work? Those who engage in interfaith approaches and non-Christian religious traditions are encouraged to submit their proposals.

• The precarity of Life: We solicit proposals that analyze precarious life in times of various global crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, war, and neoliberal global market. How does religion exasperate “precariousness” and/or help people navigate life’s precarity, uncertainty, and ambiguity?
(1) We seek proposals that critically interrogate the relationship between religion and the increase of gender-based violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.
(2) The gendered aspect of labor (e.g., contingent labor in the academy) and precarity: How can religion be used as a tool in analyzing the gendered aspect of contingent labor and care work?
(3) Poverty and precarious life: we welcome proposals that offer new theories, discourses, and perspectives on intersectional approaches to poverty and religion.
(4) Precarity and violence in the context of care work: What kind of violence (e.g., moral injury, psychological abuse, and exclusion from healthcare) would diverse bodies of people experience in healthcare and care work? How is virtue talked about in the precarious life?

• Technology and Virtual Community Building: Progressive Leadership and Religious Movements: We welcome proposals that critically study technology's role in building a virtual feminist community domestically and transnationally. How does technology contribute to expanding progressive leadership and religious movement and creating a virtual community? How would this community look through the lens of gender and sexuality? What kind of feminist leadership can be imagined in order to sustain the momentum of progressive religious movements in response to race, gender, sexuality, and class-based social inequalities?

• Women’s Studies in Religion: We seek proposals that introduce, assess, and critically reflect on women’s studies in religion, including topics, feminist research methods, diverse religious traditions, ethical implications, political theology, and transborder solidarity.


• Co-sponsored sessions

(1) A possible co-sponsored session with the Religion and Disability Studies Unit:
Disability intersected with gender, sexuality, class, and race is an important tool in analyzing social inequalities. We seek presentations exploring theories, experiences, and/or activism at the intersections of disability, gender, sexuality, and race to bear on analysis of poverty and growing inequalities. For example, what kind of disability perspectives are vital for religion scholars to interrogate political economic inequalities? How would intersectional approaches to social inequalities envision a new social order with an emphasis on gender and disability justice?

(2) A possible co-sponsored session with the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Unit: Pre-arranged book panel on Laura Levitt, The Objects that Remain (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020)

Weaving together an examination of the evidence in police storage of her unsolved rape and an appraisal of artifacts in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Laura Levitt investigates how material objects can be traces of violence and interrogates how we think about evidence as well as its potential for understanding traumatic events and pursuing justice. Panelists will critically assess the book and identify its most significant contributions to research on the intersections of material objects, trauma, and justice research. The author will respond to each panelist's analysis as well as answer questions from session attendees. (*This is a pre-arranged session. Should you have any questions regarding the session, please contact co-chairs of the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Unit or the Women and Religion Unit.)

(3) Women and Revelation in India, China, and Tibet

We would like to organize a panel that explores the central role of narrative (especially hagiography) in the process of building a community, and the key role of women (divine, human, and everything in between) play in the writing, transmission, and alteration of revelatory literature. The focus will be on the historical literature of China, India, and Tibet, and compare the shared modes of textual production in these regions. Please contact Jue Liang (liangj@denison.edu) or Jonathan Pettit (jeep@hawaii.edu) if you are interested in contributing or have any questions. (Possible co-sponsorship with Arts, Literature, and Religion Unit, Comparative Studies in Religion Unit, Himalayan and Tibetan Religions Unit.)



Mission Statement:

The Women and Religion Unit seeks to promote inclusivity and excellence in scholarship. We have been intentional about including participants/presenters from interdisciplinary approaches and encouraging non-traditional ways of sharing scholarly work on women's religion. In making selections for the annual sessions, we work collaboratively with other sections, groups, and consultations of AAR to promote scholarly conversations across fields and methodologies. We are committed to providing an inclusive scholarly environment where new voices can be heard, and critical analyses of women and religion can be advanced.

Method of Submission:




Boyung Lee, blee@iliff.edu

K. Christine Pae, paec@denison.edu


Steering Committee:

Rosemary P. Carbine, rcarbine@whittier.edu

Juliane Hammer, jhammer@email.unc.edu

Georgette Ledgister, georgette.ledgister@gmail.com

Tamara Lewis, telewis@smu.edu

Jue Liang, jl4nf@virginia.edu


Session Allotment: Tier 5 – Three 2-hour sessions and three 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2022