Thursday, February 05, 2009

Call for Papers: Religion and Disability

American Academy of Religion
Annual Meeting
November 7-10, 2009
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Proposal Deadline: Monday March 2, 2009

The Religion and Disability Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion invites papers on the following topics:

1) Spirituality and disability - we invite papers that explore the spirituality of people with disabilities, as well as papers that reflect more generally on intersections of spirituality and disability theory;

2) Disability and leadership - recognizing that people with disabilities are not only found in the congregation, or behind a student desk, or in the audience of an AAR session, we invite papers that explore the roles and experiences of people with disabilities in leadership positions, such as clergy, professors, and scholars;

3) Different disabilities - we invite papers that highlight religion in a wider range of disability experiences, including mental illness, cognitive difference, and hidden disabilities;

4) For a joint session with the Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Group, we invite proposals responding to McRuer and Berube's Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability;

5) Finally, we invite paper proposals on any topic related to intersections of religion and disability.

Proposal (not more than 1000 words) and abstract (not more than 150 words) are due Monday March 2, 2009. Each presenter must be a member (or willing to become a member) of the American Academy of Religion.

For more information, see or send an e-mail to AAR R&DS Group

Chair: Debbie Creamer, Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology,