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

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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 and embodiment 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 by scholars working on a wide range of traditions, regions, and eras.

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Steering Committee Membership
Those who take on the responsibilities of being steering committee members will participate in decision-making processes for the annual call for papers, respond to unit communication, and read, rank, and comment on submitted proposals in March. If a steering committee member finds that they are not able to fulfill these tasks in a given year, they should communicate with the co-chairs. If a steering committee member cannot participate in this work, the co-chairs may replace them.

Call for Papers: 

The Body and Religion Unit aims to provide a forum for multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary conversations that theorize the contribution of the body and embodiment to religions. We invite proposals or panels presenting diverse methodologies and understandings of the body, as well as traditional and alternative presentation styles. When reviewing your paper proposals, we particularly appreciate proposals that do not simply discuss bodily activities but also explicitly reflect on the difference this focus makes to the academic study of religions. This year we are particularly interested in proposals on the following topics:

● Gesture, body language and nonverbal communication and religion;

● Merleau-Ponty;

● online bodies;

studies of religion and food that pay particular attention to the human bodily practices of eating, drinking, or abstaining and/or the consumption of animal bodies (co-sponsored with the Religion and Food Unit);

Transhumanism: Enhancing or Escaping the Body (co-sponsored with Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Unit); and

Dying Bodies and Corpses: Decolonial Perspectives, in particular the treatment, care, change, and handling of dying bodies and corpses across generations and borders (co-sponsored with Death, Dying and Beyond Unit).

If your proposal gets accepted and you agree to be on the program, we expect you to show up to participate in the Annual Meeting, barring unforeseeable exceptional circumstances. Please note that it is the policy of the Body and Religion Unit to refuse no-shows at the Annual Meeting from the program for up to the following two years.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee