The Call for Proposals for the 2018 AAR Annual Meeting in Denver, CO
Statement of Purpose:
Situated at the nexus of several civilizational influences — including Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern — Southeast Asia, as a region, remains understudied in terms of its relevance to the theoretical and methodological study of religion. This neglect is in part due to the tendency to reduce Southeast Asian religious systems to the named “world religions” often identified with other regions. As a result, indigenous practices are not viewed in terms of their conceptual and other linkages — and in some cases the dynamic interactions between those practices and the religious practices brought over by different classes of immigrants are frequently overlooked. However, and especially in the last fifteen years, exciting materials addressing different religious cultures in Southeast Asia have emerged. Hitherto, there has been little scholarly conversation at the AAR on Southeast Asia. And, perhaps even less commonly, are Southeast Asian religious cultures (e.g., Buddhist, Islamic, Christian, Hindu, “animist,” Chinese, and Pacific) put into conversation with one another. In light of this need in the field, AAR strives to provide a context for this conversation as well as to foster critical thinking about Southeast Asia as a region.
Call for Papers:
The Religion in Southeast Asia Program Unit at the American Academy of Religion invites proposals for individual papers, paper sessions, and roundtables. For those interested in proposing organized paper sessions, AAR would encourage you to consider a 90-minute session with pre-circulated papers. (This can be indicated in your panel proposal.) Continuing our effort to cultivate a greater inclusiveness in the range of topics and participants involved in the Unit’s activities, AAR will favor submissions from both underrepresented groups and those who have never before presented in this Program Unit. Topics of special interest for 2018 include:
- Religion, borders, and violence
- Religion as a critical category
- Southeast Asian scholarship on religion in Southeast Asia
- Contemporary ethnographies of religion
- Cinema in Southeast Asia
The Religion in Southeast Asia Unit is working with the Religion and Popular Culture Unit to organize a jointly sponsored session on cinema in Southeast Asia. The session will explore film as a site for debating issues — such as, e.g., historical memory and violence, LGBTQ rights, the place of religion in public life, changing ideals of romantic intimacy and personal accomplishment — that have proven difficult to discuss in other public arenas.
- Decolonization as Healing
With a wide range of other units, AAR plans to co-sponsor a session on the theme of decolonization as healing, recognizing that colonization in Africa and in other parts of our world has resulted in both historical and ongoing threats to health and wellbeing. AAR is looking for papers that address facets of this theme, including but not limited to: “Place, Land, and Environmental Degradation,” “Decolonization/Restoration of Identities,” “Vocabularies and Pragmatic Applications of Rituals and Ceremonies,” "Reclaiming the Past, Imagining the Future," and “Tradition as Healer”. Co-sponsored with the Religions, Medicines and Healing; African Diaspora Religions, African Religions; Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society; Body and Religion; Indigenous Religious Traditions; Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society; Native Traditions in the Americas; Religions in the Latina/o Americas; Religion in South Asia, Religion in Southeast Asia; and Religion, Colonialism and Postcolonialism; and World Christianity Units. Successful proposals will clearly identify where the project fits within the Call for Papers, and will speak to its broader implications for African American religious history.
This session is a panel. Please submit a proposal for a paper or presentation. If your proposal is chosen, your paper will be circulated ahead of the conference and you’ll be asked to give a brief (5-7 minute) summary of the paper during the conference session.
Proposals may also be submitted on any other subject relating to religion in Southeast Asia.
The 2018 SBL and AAR Annual Meetings will be held November 17-20, in Denver, Colorado. Registration and the Exhibit Hall will be located in the Colorado Convention Center. Academic sessions will be held in the Convention Center, Hyatt Regency, Embassy Suites, Sheraton Denver, Crowne Plaza, Grand Hyatt, Hilton City Center, and Hilton Garden Inn. Registration and housing for the Annual Meeting will open in early April.
About the Call
The work of the Program Unit is coordinated by the Chair(s) and a Steering Committee who design the sessions and make the decisions about which proposals will eventually be on the program. Each proposal is carefully refereed, usually in an anonymous procedure (i.e., without the name of the proposer being provided to the referees). All proposals, abstracts, and completed participant information (as well as any questions you may have) should be sent to the individual(s) named in the Call; this occurs automatically in the Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission (PAPERS) System.
Guidelines for Submitting Proposals
Step 1: Find a topic in the general Call for Proposals or Call of a specific Program Unit that interests you.
Step 2: Determine which type of proposal you wish to submit.
- Paper proposal — A paper written by you (and possibly a coauthor) that you will present in response to a theme within a Program Unit’s Call.
- Papers session proposal — A proposal of a complete session of different papers on a theme, complete with its own description, abstract, a presider, paper presentations, and (optionally) a respondent. Presenters in a papers session must submit their proposals to the papers session organizer, who in turn is responsible for inputting them into the Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission (PAPERS) System .
- Roundtable session proposal — A proposal of a complete session, including a presider, list of panelists, and (optionally) a respondent; all of whom will speak (ex tempore) on a common theme.
Step 3: Write your 1,000 word proposal and 150-word abstract. Paper sessions require a separate 1,000-word proposal and 150-word abstract for each paper in the session. The abstracts will be listed in the Online Program Book.
Step 4: Submit your proposal via the method requested by the Program Unit no later than Thursday, March 1. Most Program Units have elected to use the online PAPERS system only. A Participant Form is required for any proposal submitted outside of the online PAPERS system. Carefully note any audiovisual equipment you require before you submit your proposal.
Step 5: Notification of your proposal's acceptance status for the Annual Meeting program will be sent by April 2, 2018.
Participation Requirements at the Annual Meeting Membership is not required to submit a proposal in response to the Call for Proposals. However, all participants accepted to the program must be current (2018) AAR members and registered for the Annual Meeting by June 30, 2018. Participants may appear no more than two times in any capacity (e.g., paper presenter, panelist, presider, or respondent). The only exception is a business meeting presider. A person can have only one role in a session. You cannot preside and present a paper in the same session. People can submit no more than two proposals in response to the Call for Proposals. This includes submitting the same proposal to two separate Units or two different proposals to two different Units.
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