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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Program Book (PDF)

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Floorplans of Annual Meeting Facilities (PDF)

Exhibit Hall Listing and Map (PDF)

Program Book Ads (PDF)

Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit (hereafter referred to as ANARCS) is one of the primary vehicles for the advancement of the study of the religions and practices of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and Canada. As an integral player in the development of the emerging field of Asian-American religious studies, ANARCS has cultivated the work of junior and senior scholars from an impressive array of disciplines, including the history of religion, sociology, theology, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, psychology, education, and American and ethnic studies. ANARCS encourages new perspectives on Asian North American religious practices and faith communities, as well as innovative theoretical work that extends the concepts of empires, diaspora, transnationalism, globalization, im/migration, orientalism, adaptation, acculturation, race, ethnicity, marginalization, oppression, and resistance. In addition to this list of concepts, ANARCS will explore theoretical, philosophical, and theological concepts, such as aesthetics, beauty, and love. ANARCS seeks to foster and mentor scholars (junior, senior, and nontraditional) through preconference sessions, gathering for meals, and maintaining a robust listserv.

Call for Papers: 

● War and Asian American Religious Life -
The 2019 Annual Meeting will take place in San Diego, which has long been an important military center in the United States. This theme invites papers from across all scholarly disciplines that consider the relationship between war and Asian American religious life. Paper proposals might focus on the following:

○ theological reflections on war and violence;
○ the impact of specific wars—for example, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror—on Asian American beliefs, practices, religious communities, and forms of faith-based political engagement and activism;
○ any other issue that relates war, military, and state-sponsored violence to Asian American religious experiences and theologies.

● Asian American Interventions in Theology, Religious Studies, and Biblical Studies -
2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the first department and college of ethnic studies in the United States. Since 1969, however, we have witnessed significant changes in how we think about and study Asian Americans. First, the Asian American population has become more ethnically and religiously diverse, causing a broadening of the category of “Asian American." In addition, scholars are not only focusing on Asian Americans located in the United States, but viewing Asian American life through a transnational frame. In light of both the developments of the past half century and the needs of our current moment, this theme invites scholars to reflect on the significance of pursuing theology, religious studies, and Biblical studies from a distinctly Asian American and transpacific perspective. Paper proposals might focus on the following:

○ ethnic studies and its relationship with theology, religious studies, and Biblical studies;
○ the category of “Asian American” and the opportunities and challenges posed by doing work focused on a large and internally diverse group;
○ the significance of transpacific and transnational frameworks in theology, religious studies, and Biblical studies;
○ any other topic that addresses the past, present, and future of doing theology, religious studies, and Biblical studies from the vantage point of Asian America.

● Asian Americans and “Scholarly Workers in Public Spaces” -
The AAR’s presidential theme for 2019 is “Scholarly Workers in Public Spaces,” focused on asking questions about “creating, redefining, and expanding spheres of public discourse.” In the spirit of that theme, we are seeking papers and panels that demonstrate how scholars of Asian American religions and theology are wrestling with and reshaping assumed epistemological, geographical, and political boundaries that go into the creation of public discourses and spaces. We are interested in a broad range of methodologies, including theological, historical, sociological, and anthropological. Possible (but not exhaustive) entry points for exploration are:

○ How Asian American faith communities--churches, mosques, temples, non-profit organizations, or people (with particular interest in San Diego and the surrounding area) are creatively engaging on issues that have broader political significance, such as LGBTQIA rights, immigration, mass incarceration, gun control, reproductive justice, and homelessness;
○ How Asian American scholars are engaging theological and historical discourses of martyrdom, witness, or discipleship to inform or interrogate broader thinking about inclusion, representation, and freedom;
○ Provocative instances of how Asian American spirituality or religious performances can help shape or expand public discourses around trauma, communal memory, and embodiment.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
ChairSteering Committee