AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
We welcome individual submissions, as well as pre-organized sessions and panel proposals on the following topics:
• Internment, the Muslim registry, and policing “brown” religion
Historical, socio-theoretical, philosophical, theological, and practical reflection on the Trump regime’s invocation of Japanese internment as positive precedent for a Muslim registry. Exploration of ways this may be extended to policing and monitoring manifestations of “brown” religiosity more widely, particularly among South, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities in the US.
• Religion, refugees, and resettlement
How might religious and historical reflection on Asian refugees and resettlement in the US shed light on and speak back to rhetoric and policy surrounding the current refugee crisis?
• Asian North American secularities
From the “silent exodus” to the “nones” in APA communities, how do Asian American identities and concerns reflect, challenge, and reconfigure conversations around secularization, secularity, and the (post-) secular? Consideration for possible co-sponsorship with the Secularism and Secularity Unit.
• Asian American political engagement
Historical, sociological, and religious/theological engagement with APA grassroots and community organizing, AA elected officials and politicians, as well as policy initiatives.
• Comedy and Critique:
The use of humor, irony, and satire as modes of protest and critique by APA, Muslim American, and similar comedians, artists, and shows.
• Beyond the Binary
Reflection challenging, reconfiguring, and transforming Black/White binary thinking on race relations in the US, including attention to how generational shifts affect race relations, and how religion operates as a mediating/complicating factor in such discussions.
• Additional topics related to our statement of purpose. Special consideration for diverse methodological approaches and alternative presentation methods.