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Call for papers – World Religions and Disability: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Posted in News/Information, Research by Pippa on May 12, 2009

Edited by: Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus
Deadline for abstract submissions: July 1, 2009
The editors of World Religions and Disability: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives  invite contributions for an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural collection of essays that critically examine how the religions of the world represent, understand, theologize, theorize and respond to disability and/or chronic illness. Religious teachings and practices help to establish cultural standards for what is deemed “normal” human physical and mental behavior and in establishing a moral order for the fit and healthy body and mind. Religion plays an important role in determining how disability is understood and how persons with disabilities are treated or mistreated in a given historical-cultural context.

Abstracts not to exceed 600 words are due by July 1, 2009 and should be sent to: dschumm@hollins.edu  and mjstoltz@valdosta.edu.  Please note that acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee inclusion in the collection; editors will review and make final decisions upon receipt of the completed essays.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Asian religions and disability
Disability and inter-religious comparison, contrast, and dialogue
Religious and/or sacred texts and disability
Religion, prejudice, ethics and disability
Religious/philosophical conceptions of the body or self and disability
Founders of religions (i.e. Mohammad, Buddha, Jesus, etc.) and their encounters with disability
The shaping of identity, religion, and disability
Religious rituals and the inclusion or exclusion of persons with disabilities

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