Off-Site Event Proposals, Liberation Theologies Group of the AAR
We invite ideas for an off-site event or session during or immediately before the 2014 AAR/SBL joint annual meetings in San Diego, November 22-25, 2014. We especially seek ideas for events that envision ways to engage the many shades and complexities of liberative practices in San Diego outside the bounds of the convention area.
Possibilities may include, but are definitely not limited to:
- Visiting and listening to voices of community leaders and activists attentive to the plight of migrants in San Diego
- Holding a discussion session engaging activists working against human trafficking and sexual slavery
- Taking part in an already scheduled demonstration or direct action for justice for sexual minorities
- Being present with and learning from sweatshop workers and their advocates
- Partnering with a collaborative and inter-faith effort for peace and reconciliation among diverse constituencies
During the 2012 business meeting, an irony was raised for consideration. Liberation theologies expand the boundaries of academic spaces, knowledge, pedagogy, and participation. Yet, over the years, the Liberation Theologies Group of the American Academy of Religion largely has met in official conference spaces and abided by traditional modes of academic presentation. The group agreed that this is a contradiction that should be addressed. A suggestion was made that we organize a meeting or event outside of conference space.
All proposals are encouraged, especially those that seek to break the academy’s boundaries with respect to the development and praxis of liberation theologies. The goal of our off-site events is to recognize and learn in the spaces for conversation and cooperation that inform liberation theologies within local contexts – in this case within the San Diego landscape.
Please include with the proposal:
- A concise description of the event or session
- Suggested participants or facilitators
- Timing, space (location/s), or cost considerations such as transportation, entrance fees, or suggested donation. (The Liberation Theologies Group cannot provide funding for a session, but we will work with the selected session’s organizers to minimize costs to attendees.)
- Proposer’s name, email, phone number, and relevant affiliations or background
Proposals should be emailed by July 11, 2014 to:
Steering Committee, Liberation Theologies Group
c/o MT Dávila, email@example.com
Please email MT Dávila (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hannah Hofheinz (email@example.com) for more information or with exploratory inquiries.
Liberation Theologies Group, American Academy of Religion Statement of Purpose:
This Group asks “what does liberation theology mean in and for the twenty-first century?” The group encourages crossover dialogue — between contexts, between disciplines, and between religions — and reflection on the implications of liberationist discourse for the transformation of theology as a whole, both its methods and substance.