From our colleague Sarah Jobe, co-chair of the Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Program Unit of the American Academy of Religion:
Dear academics, students, and actively serving chaplains,
We invite you to submit a paper for the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Deadline for proposals is March 8. Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care will host two sessions: an open call for all research related to chaplaincy and spiritual care and a co-hosted session with Religions, Medicines, and Healing. Instructions for submissions can be found here.
Session One: Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care
We welcome papers on any topic related to chaplaincy and spiritual care including but not limited to: training and educational pathways for work in these fields, the interfaith aspects of chaplaincy and spiritual care, models for interfaith spiritual care that emerge out of a specific religious, theological, or historical tradition, research on chaplaincy and spiritual care in a variety of settings including prisons, hospitals, the military, universities, and businesses but expanding to political movements and other growing sectors for chaplaincy, navigating difference in spiritual care along lines of race, sexuality, gender identity, class, religious tradition, and experience. The above topics are simply a glimpse at the wide breadth of possible topics. Our unit is interested in all cutting-edge research and critical reflection on the fields of chaplaincy and spiritual care from both scholars and practitioners.
Session Two: Chaplains and “Spiritual Care” in Healthcare Settings
A co-sponsored call between the Innovations in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Unit and the Religions, Medicines, and Healing Unit
Wendy Cadge’s Spiritual Care: The Everyday Work of Chaplains (OUP 2022) adds to a growing body of studies about chaplaincy from scholars of religion. Her work examines chaplains as “America’s hidden religious leaders,” contextualizing the spiritual care of chaplains within their diverse religious and workplace ecologies. For this session, we are particularly interested in her contributions regarding chaplaincy in its multiple relations to healthcare settings. We are seeking engagements with this book from a wide range of perspectives—from various scholarly disciplines to direct engagements with embedded practices—as well as from a wide range of voices, including scholars and practitioners, a diversity of religious backgrounds and identities, and multiple viewpoints on the nature of healing and of spiritual care. We are also interested in some panelists addressing how we teach Cadge’s work or train future healthcare professionals about religion and the role of chaplains in light of her contributions.