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Call for Proposals

This Section invites proposals providing theoretical analysis and diverse ethical methodologies in response to the following themes:

  • Silicone Valley, social networking, and cyberethics — exploring the role of the Internet with regards to privacy in public life
  • Sex, scandal, and sexuality and the crisis of religious leadership
  • Howard Thurman’s legacy for contemporary ethical discourse — in honor of Thurman, who cofounded the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco
  • Economic ethics and political reform — what types of political reform ought to be explored while in the midst of the “Great Recession” caused by both domestic United States economic policies and neoliberalism
  • Papers of particular excellence on other topics and panel proposals

All proposals should identify the methodology used and the contribution of the argument to current academic conversations.


We are an established Section of the AAR that has served scholars concerned in the field and others interested in the intersection of ethics and other disciplines within the academy over an extended period of years. We believe it is inconceivable for any comprehensive study of religion to be undertaken without serious attention to the ethical teachings that are an integral part of every known religion. This Section seeks to serve the AAR by providing a forum for the ethical interests and issues all religious traditions address. We provide the opportunity for intellectual and academic exchange through the discipline of ethics. We encourage younger scholars and work to have a diversity of perspectives and methodologies represented from various religious traditions.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to Steering Committee Members.


Miguel A. De La Torre
Iliff School of Theology
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Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas
Vanderbilt University
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Method of Submission


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