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January 2012

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Call for Proposals

This Group invites proposals that explore the relationship between religious identity and racial identity in the Americas, especially those that address the following topics:

  • Apocalypticism
  • The arts (literature, music, etc)
  • Black Jews/Black Judaisms
  • Classic works in the study of African American religion
  • Religion and genocide
  • Metaphysical and New Thought in African American religious history
  • New religious movements
  • Religion and politics
  • The religion(s) of Barack Obama
  • Studies in religion and sexuality

Given the locale of AAR’s 2012 meeting, the Group is also interested in proposals that address topics specifically in relationship to the city of Chicago, including those that might consider African American Islam.


The purpose of this Group is to recover the sources and histories related to the African-American religious experience, to create a forum to explore critically and creatively the history of African-American religions, and to infuse that knowledge into the study of religion within North America. The Group is committed to the investigation of the diversity of African-American faith traditions and religious experiences.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to Chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.


Kathryn Lofton
Yale University
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Josef Sorett
Columbia University
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Method of Submission


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