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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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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: 

Asian American responses to the Muslim Ban: we invite multidisciplinary engagement with and reflection on the varying possibilities for alignment and solidarity between Asian Americans and Muslim Americans in light of the Muslim Ban and increasing Islamophobia. What lessons and insights from Asian American theory, praxis, and historical experience may be relevant and productive to such engagements? We are especially interested in papers that address ideas of religious pluralism and inter-religious solidarities.

Asian Americans and DACA: we invite multidisciplinary engagement with and reflection on the relation between Asian American communities and recent moves by the US administration to undo DACA protections. Whether as members of targeted communities or as allies supporting protections for alternatively documented immigrants and their families, what lessons and insights from Asian American theory, praxis, and historical experience may be relevant and productive to such engagements? We are especially interested in papers addressing the specific challenges faced by women, trans, and other gender and sexual minorities who are targets of both government action and internal communal exclusions.

Asian Americans and Black Lives Matter: we invite multidisciplinary engagement with and reflection on the relation between Asian American communities and the Black Lives Matter movement. From Asian American and Black solidarity movements historically, to theoretical, religious, and political reflection on the alignments and disjunctures between BLM and Asian American struggles for recognition and justice, what lessons and insights from Asian American theory, praxis, and historical experience may be relevant and productive to such engagements?

Asian Americans and settler colonialism, frontiers, and home missions: Given next year’s Denver context, we invite papers highlighting historical and theoretical engagements around how the various currents of westward expansion, manifest destiny, and settlerism combined with religious thought and practice, with attention to impact upon and reflection from Asian American communities. We are especially interested in geographically attuned studies taking the western US into account.

War making and peacemaking in the US and Asia: We invite papers considering Asian American positionality in light of US wars of aggression and persistent militarization in Asia, and in relation to forms of intra-Asian colonialism and imperialism. What lessons and insights from Asian American theory, praxis, and historical experience may be relevant and productive to these broader geopolitical realities?

Asian American Religious Studies and its Futures: We invite papers addressing the current challenges and promises of Asian American reflection in religious studies and theology. What is the state of the field and what possibilities present themselves as futures?

Asian American Religions and Healing: We invite papers focusing on Asian American religions in conversations with themes of healing and medicine, and practices of self-care. We are especially interested in papers addressing the theme “Decolonization as Healing,” for a possible joint session with the Religion, Medicines, and Healing Unit.

Other issues pertaining to the study of Asian North American religion as outlined in our statement of purpose. We are especially interested in proposals that highlight non-Christian Asian American religions as well as proposals engaged in interreligious and comparative conversations.

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