2018 Call For Papers

There are four women's caucus sessions open for papers at this year's AAR/SBL Conference. Please submit your paper proposals for the following toAar.sbl.womens.caucus@gmail.com by March 1, 2018.

Session #1 Response-Ability: Rethinking Economics in the Feminist Theological Discourse
In an era in which religion and the objectification of women is perpetually at the center of public controversy, how can the feminist study of religion and religious traditions participate in the intersection with the economy, media and government agencies more effectively? How does the critical engagement of global and local economics open up opportunities or generate risks for contingent and untenured feminist scholars, as well as scholars of minoritized status or communities? The AAR/ SBL Women’s Caucus, in collaboration with the Feminist Liberation Theologian’s Network (FLTN), invites papers focused on the topic of local and global economics. Panelists from this Women’s Caucus session will attend the pre-conference FLTN session on Friday afternoon, and a FLTN representative will attend this Caucus session on Saturday morning to continue the conversation. Panelists will include reflections on the FLTN session in their presentations as well as present their own work. 
Session #2: Developing Civic Engagement and Planetary Response-Ability: A Postcolonial Ecofeminist Theological Perspective"
Reflecting on AAR/SBL’s 2018 theme, “The Civic Responsibilities, Opportunities, and Risks Facing Scholars of Religion,” this session seeks papers intersecting postcolonial theory, feminism and ecology. What are the emerging theoretical frameworks that feminist scholars of religion as well as theologians are developing in an era in which religion intersecting with ecology, gender and race constantly emerges at the center of public controversy and dispute all over the world? Is our work, as feminist scholars of religion and theologians more important than ever? Based on the works of feminist theologians such as Marcella Althaus-Reid, Ivone Gebara, Catherine Keller and Kwok Pui-Lan, emerging feminist scholarship has called attention to the connection between environmental justice, corporate globalization and gender in contexts of postcoloniality. In different ways, they have asked: “What is the theological task in an increasingly interdependent world?” The women’s Caucus is inviting submission of proposals that envision strategies for social change from a public theological, queer, liberation or postcolonial ecofeminist perspective. 
Session #3: Ex-Posed and Response-Ability
This session invites emerging scholars (students and recent PhDs) and early career in academia, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to showcase work in theology and religion that emerges at the center of public controversy on sexual harassment. This panel, however, is especially concerned in interrogating the civic responsibilities, opportunities, and risks facing theologians and scholars of religion in addressing issues on sexual harassment and in considering implications and pathways for training to fulfill such civic responsibilities and opportunities. It invites panelists to consider connections between theology/religion and the general public especially with the public media, corporate sector, and government agencies. 
Session # 4: New Visions of Response-Ability: Assessing Opportunities and Risks
This session invites women scholars who have published books in the discipline of women studies, gender, and religion in 2017 and 2018. This panel of AAR and SBL authors will provide an overview of their books and share their perspectives on current research being published in women studies, theology, biblical studies, gender, and religion; and focusing on theology and religion’s relationship with the general public, public media, government agencies, corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, and legal cases addressing social justice issues. These scholars will also share their experiences regarding strategies and mechanics for getting Women studies and religion books published, and to offer advice for those seeking publication of their book manuscript.

Please provide the following information:

  • Individual paper title

  • Individual paper abstracts (250 words) Visual presentations should include a picture

  • Name

  • University Affiliation

  • Email Address

  • Phone Number

  • Please label the attachment with your name and session you are applying.

  • Email subject line must read: 2018 Paper Proposal - Session # & name: Paper Title

You are invited to submit up to two proposals for the Women’s Caucus 2018 sessions.


  • All presenters must be AAR/SBL members and pre-registered for the conference by July 2018.

  • Presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length.

  • Notice of acceptance/rejection will be sent out by the first week of April 2018. If accepted, your paper will not count towards the maximum paper limit for the AAR or SBL.

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