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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

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Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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Body and Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit aims to draw together scholars working with different methodologies who address body as a fundamental category of analysis in the study of religion. The Unit provides a forum for sustained discussion and critique of diverse approaches to body and religion that can encompass scholars working on a wide range of traditions, regions, and eras.

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Call for Papers: 

The Body and Religion Unit aims to provide a forum for multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary conversations on issues of body and religion. We are especially interested in the overall question of “What is body?” We invite proposals presenting diverse methodologies and understandings of body, as well as traditional and alternative presentation styles. When reviewing your paper proposals, we particularly appreciate proposals that make their methodological and theoretical frameworks explicit.

This year we are particularly interested in several topics:
• Mary Douglas and Religious Bodies

• Body as Animal

• Carnal Hermeneutics

• Body Boundaries/ Bodies as spaces: body as breaking/testing/pushing boundaries in mysticism and asceticism (for a possible cosponsored session with Mysticism Unit)

• Embodied/kinesthetic dimensions of contemplative practices, including in martial arts and movement awareness practices (for a possible cosponsored session with the Contemplative Studies Unit)

• Power, meaning, and identity: Colonial, Colored, and Gendered Bodies (for a possible cosponsored session with Religion, Colonialism, and Post Colonialism Unit)

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
ChairSteering Committee