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

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Chinese Religions Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit is dedicated to the academic, comparative study of Chinese religions in all forms, both historical and contemporary. The Unit makes every effort to recognize Chinese voices in religious practice as well as scholarship, and applies rigorous standards of linguistic, cultural, historical, and social-scientific understanding to the study of religion in China.

Call for Papers: 

The Chinese Religions Unit invites proposals for paper sessions and panels on the following topics:

• Academic Ancestors in the Study of Chinese Religions

• Buddhist Marxists or Revolutionaries

• New Anthology on Buddhism and Medicine
(Authors Meet Critics panel)

• Islam in Pre-Modern China
Monotheism and “sinicization”

• Vernacularization of Religious Texts

• Regionalism in Chinese Religion

• What is a Temple?

• Shamanism across Chinese (and Korean?) History

• Digital Humanities in the Study of Chinese Religions

• Translation and Terminology in Chinese Religions
90-minute roundtable

• Excavated Manuscripts and Ancient Chinese Religions

• Rethinking the "Pure Land in the Human Realm"
(Primarily submitting to Buddhism Unit; panelists already lined up)

• Religions and Social Problems in Contemporary East Asian Literature
Japanese, Chinese and possibly other East Asian countries; co-sponsorship with the Chinese Religions Unit and the Japanese Religions Unit. Haruka Umetsu Cho,

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